Elaine found a nice room in a private house in Dubrovnik. Apparently that is the thing to do: there are no real hotels in the old city, so this puts you in the middle of things, it’s more authentic, and it’s cheaper. What we didn’t know, getting there, is that the old city is built against a hill, so all the streets on which people live are more or less continuous staircases. Here are pictures of our street. The big curtain in the second pictures shields people from construction: Dubrovnik is still rebuilding from the civil war in the 1990s.
Dubrovnik is very tourist-y, almost as bad as Venice. There are terraces everywhere to have a drink or a bite to eat, and many people try to make money off the tourists. Some are more entertaining than others. Still, overall we find it a gorgeous city. It feels more open than cramped Venice.