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The Other Spanish Steps - Dubrovnik

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In the Old Town of Dubrovnik, tucked away from the Stradun, or main street which runs from the  Pilé Gate with its nearby Franciscan Monastery at one end of the town to the Plôce Gate at the other, stand a set of stairs reminiscent of Rome's Spanish Steps.

I shouldn't have been surprised, for this is a corner of Rome in Dubrovnik. The steps were deigned by the Roman architect Pietro Passalasqua in the 18th C. Fortunately, there are not as many steps as in Rome, and they were far less crowded.

At their top stand the Jesuit Church of St Ignatius, dating from 1658, modelled after the Jesuit mother church in Rome, Chiesa del Gesu. It is a simple, sparse, elegant church, and holds Dubrovnik's oldest bell (1355).


Another point of note: from the top of the stairs, turn left into a lane running along the wall, walk right along the lane, and follow the sign pointing to cold drinks. Climb through a hole in the wall, and you'll be rewarded with a cafe (appropriately named Bûza, …

You Know You're In Hong Kong....

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You know you're in Hong Kong, when the street are made of stairs, and stalls fill the narrow lane ways.
When the streets are crowded with shoppers, and signs in Cantonese hang over the footpath.
When mini vans replace buses because the streets are so narrow and steep, and every shop you pass offers a bargain too good to refuse.
Hong Kong. One of my favourite places to visit.