Living In Dubrovnik Old City

LIVING IN A FAIRY TALE

My guests told me numerous times how lucky I am for living in Dubrovnik Old city. It is like living in a fairy-tale! Definitely, it looks like living in a fairy-tale, but there is always some “but” or two to complicate that life.

Most of the apartments in the Old City are stretching vertically, from the entrance on the ground floor all the way up to the top of the building. Even if you are lucky to live in the central part of the city, without any stairs on access to your home, you still have several inner staircases to climb up and down every day.

If, by chance, you live in higher parts of the city, than it means a lot of stairs just to reach your entrance. OK, that is a good daily workout, someone would say. Yes, and when you carry just groceries or some small items, it is not so hard.

DO YOU HAVE A MAGIC WAND?

However, imagine what happens when the time comes to replace your old washing machine. Delivery service will take it from the city gate to the bottom of your street in one of those electric carts. But (that’s one of those complicating “buts”) from that point you have to carry it up on your back or you have to pay someone to carry it for you. Regardless of how much you are ready to pay for that service, it became almost impossible to find someone. So what to do? You are dependent on your neighbors or relatives. Now you can understand why my family does not visit me anymore, especially if I invite them. So many times, they found themselves in a situation that after arrival, they were asked for a small favor; just to bring this or that inside my home.

When you live in Dubrovnik Old city, you have to be super careful about buying furniture. Bulkier items definitely cannot get in over those steep and curvy stairs, and if you don’t carefully measure it, it can’t get in over the window either. A few years ago, I had to cut to half an iron mattress base I bought for my new queen size bed because there was no way to bring it into my bedroom on the first floor. Then my neighbor welded it again, once both parts finally got in.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Join me on the Welcome to Dubrovnik tour and find out why else you have to love your neighbors and much, much more.

Carrying groceries and other stuff home is not always so simple and easy for Dubrovnik Old city residents

Living In Dubrovnik Old City

LIVING IN A FAIRY TALE

My guests told me numerous times how lucky I am for living in Dubrovnik Old city. It is like living in a fairy-tale! Definitely, it looks like living in a fairy-tale, but there is always some “but” or two to complicate that life.

Most of the apartments in the Old City are stretching vertically, from the entrance on the ground floor all the way up to the top of the building. Even if you are lucky to live in the central part of the city, without any stairs on access to your home, you still have several inner staircases to climb up and down every day.

If, by chance, you live in higher parts of the city, than it means a lot of stairs just to reach your entrance. OK, that is a good daily workout, someone would say. Yes, and when you carry just groceries or some small items, it is not so hard.

DO YOU HAVE A MAGIC WAND?

However, imagine what happens when the time comes to replace your old washing machine. Delivery service will take it from the city gate to the bottom of your street in one of those electric carts. But (that’s one of those complicating “buts”) from that point you have to carry it up on your back or you have to pay someone to carry it for you. Regardless of how much you are ready to pay for that service, it became almost impossible to find someone. So what to do? You are dependent on your neighbors or relatives. Now you can understand why my family does not visit me anymore, especially if I invite them. So many times, they found themselves in a situation that after arrival, they were asked for a small favor; just to bring this or that inside my home.

When you live in Dubrovnik Old city, you have to be super careful about buying furniture. Bulkier items definitely cannot get in over those steep and curvy stairs, and if you don’t carefully measure it, it can’t get in over the window either. A few years ago, I had to cut to half an iron mattress base I bought for my new queen size bed because there was no way to bring it into my bedroom on the first floor. Then my neighbor welded it again, once both parts finally got in.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Join me on the Welcome to Dubrovnik tour and find out why else you have to love your neighbors and much, much more.

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