A marketing executive, sales manager, and entrepreneur based in San Francisco, California, Heather Herman has served as Director of Advertising with the Examiner Media Group since 2008. In addition to her professional pursuits, Heather Herman has traveled extensively. She has enjoyed the food, culture, history, and wine of many countries, including France, Italy, Cambodia, Lebanon, Sweden, and Croatia. In the following, she offers a brief overview of the many attractions of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Once called “the pearl of the Adriatic” by the noted poet Lord Byron, Dubrovnik, Croatia, has become well known for its beautiful architecture, strong artistic tradition, and striking landscape. Initially settled by Greek refugees from Epidaurus, Dubrovnik was under the control of Venice until the 14th century. During this period, the city became independent and began competing on the open seas with Venice, trading with Sicily, Spain, France, Turkey, Syria, and Egypt. In 1667, Dubrovnik was shaken by an earthquake that killed many of its inhabitants and weakened the city, after which Napoleon conquered the republic in 1806. It entered the Austro-Hungarian Empire nine years later. Finally, Dubrovnik joined Croatia, which was then part of the Kingdom of the Serbs following World War I. It was subjected to major shelling by the Serbs during the early 1990s. The city still showed signs of extensive rebuilding after that conflict.
Today, many visitors to Dubrovnik travel to see its extraordinarily well-preserved, late-medieval walled city and the many Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings and fountains. Passengers on Mediterranean cruise ships often stop in Dubrovnik. Tourists enjoy the many scenic islands just off the coast of the city, beautiful ocean views, convenient pebble beaches, and serene blue waters. During the summer, the city hosts the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, offering a wide range of theatre, dance, and musical performances.