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June 4th – We took a tour up the coast to Cavtat (Tsav-tat) to a seaside resort.  It was impressive  to see a water polo arena set up in a protected area of the bay. Our guide confirmed that water polo was a popular sport in Croatia. From there we went to an old water mill where they had a working stone mill. We observed the water turning the huge stones and watched the corn meal feed out from between the grinding stones. We had a chance to sample some local foods including candied orange peel, candied nuts, dried figs, and plum brandy.  They also served small cheese or ham sandwiches. We then went on to the old walled city of Dubrovnik. Parts of the original town were built in the 12th century, but as it was made of wood nothing remains. The limestone walls and buildings were built starting in the 16th and 17th centuries.  In the 1800’s an earthquake damaged much of the area and also the Serbs did damage during the siege of Dubrovnik in the early 1990’s.  Most of the area has been restored. We were able to see one building that still had some small pockmarks from the shelling in the early 90’s.  The wall around the old town is 1.2 miles and quite spectacular. There are over 30 churches inside the walls. It was fun to walk through the main streets and small passageways.

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