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Photos: Old Town Kotor (Page 92) Highest Point Walled Old Town Dubrovnik (top) Antique Store Sarajevo Old Town (above) One of the many alleyways with shops, restaurants, residences and museums (left) O ur trip to the Adriatic was inspired by friends who previously traveled the area and raved about its scenery, people, culture, history and food. We were pleased to have our expectations exceeded. We chose to go with Overseas Adventure Travel, knowing we would be touring several countries where languages other than English were spoken. With a guide for our small group of 14, we would feel safe and well taken care of. We would also have the opportunity to mix with the people and get to know them through home-hosted dinners, a “day in the life of” experiences, visits to local schools, and the unique perspectives of additional local guides. We flew into Dubrovnik, Croatia, and were amazed at how picturesque the whole city was, but especially the walled Old Town. The setting on a rocky spur GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 on the blue Adriatic Sea is magnificent and the Old Town itself is full of history from the 15th century Rector’s Palace and the 14th century Franciscan Monastery to the many alleyways filled with shops, restaurants, residences and museums. The Old Town bears some scars from the war with Serbia with bullet holes in the entry walls, but otherwise has been wonderfully restored to its former splendor with the help of UNESCO. 93