Pearl of the Adriatic; Jill Worrall; Stuff.co.nz


Croatia – Old City of Dubrovnik

Can you trust the opinion of a man described famously as ”mad, bad and dangerous to know”?

Possibly not if one was planning to lend him money or was considering a romantic dalliance with him.

However, on the subject of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, Lord Byron, who in more ways than one got about a bit, got it exactly right.

Byron, one of the greatest poets in the English language, described Dubrovnik as ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Byron, who was famed not only for his poetry but his financial excesses and scandalous personal life, died in 1824, so it’s probably fair to say that he was fortunate to see Dubrovnik before the ravages of 20th-century conflict and mass tourism struck.

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