I came to Dubrovnik fifty years ago on a cruise ship. At that time I traveled with my uncle Salvatore and his wife. Now I am in Dubrovnik again with my love on my way to Medugorje.
Walking around the old city, my attention was caught by the artistic Onofrio’s fountain. It is near the gate to the old city. There is an inscription on the top of the fountain. It is written in Latin that it was built by a Neapolitan architect called Onofrio to supply water to the whole city.
Yesterday I visited the small Isle of Locrum which is very near Dubrovnik. Its Latin name means bitter fruit. It was very beautiful. The island is linked to the history of the crusades. Legend says that Richard the Lion-Heart was shipwrecked on this small island on the way back from the crusades.
Fifty years later Dubrovnik is still the same. Nothing has changed: the same alleys, the same walls, the same squares and churches. As for me, I have changed a lot. I am not the same person as I was fifty years ago. My soul has grown. I wonder whether everybody changes in the course of their life or most people remain the same from birth to death.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind