One of the most read American daily newspapers, The New York Times, whose online edition is followed by over five million subscribers, ranked Dubrovnik among the top 11 tourist destinations in the world which, in the midst of the corona virus pandemic, were turned into peaceful places to live, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representation in New York Ina Rodin reported.
As The New York Times writes, travel restrictions have turned 11 overtouristed destinations into quiet, almost unrecognizable places, even for those who live there. It’s a bittersweet experience for the people they talked to.
Apart from Dubrovnik, the selected "changed" destinations are Rome, Bali, Iceland, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Prague, Halong Bay in Vietnam and the Galapagos Islands. Locals shared their experiences, and the situation in his native Dubrovnik was described by Darko Perojevic, chef and owner of the restaurant "Azur".
Perojevic says that the Old Town of Dubrovnik, where he has lived most of his life, hasn’t been empty like this since the war and the eight-month shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 and ’92 and that the citizens of Dubrovnik all have had some lingering sadness because the emptiness of the city is a reminder of that time.
As he explains, the situation here is bittersweet. Bitter, because of his business, but also sweet because there are many benefits, such as walking around town without crowds, children playing in the streets, meeting old friends…
-We’re not making money but we’ve got our town back to ourselves. We usually get kind of annoyed with all the tourists in Dubrovnik but people here are even back to loving cruise ships again – Perojevic said.
You can see full interview with the owner of the Azur restaurant and read the stories from other countries in the original article HERE.