I was recently nodding my head vigorously while reading the thoughts of a fellow traveller/blogger who reminded us all that we photographers who tut tut about the crowded streets, and sights of cities like Dubrovnik and Florence are a part of that crowd. We need to stop seeing 'us' as the serious tourist and the cruise ship 'Europe in 5 days' as the annoying masses- we all contribute to the crowds and hopefully enjoy the experience in our different ways. When future generations look back at the millions of stick enhanced selfies they may be grateful for the odd shot of a building, river or canyon (without an ugly mug!!!)
On a recent short trip to the island of Sipan, off the Dalmatian coast, I took the advice of seasoned travellers to avoid Dubrovnik on cruise ship days (there is a web page which details how many passengers each cruise ship can decant each day) and to get there early in the morning if you want to get round the city walls, and other sights, reasonably unhindered ( it is a one way walking system- but let's just say 'there is always one').
Having planned a day when no ships were docking, all looked set for a photo fest but the weather had other plans. Storm clouds were gathering impressively on the short boat journey across to Dubrovnik and the heavens opened just we stepped onto 'dry' land. When the storm passed we did get around the wall but had run out of time to do several other things- will just have to go back.
While we didn't have time to tick all the Dubrovnik boxes (sounds like the 'do Europe in a week tourist'! ) the weather meant I didn't have to use photoshop to remove pesky tourists LOL.
If you have views on Dubrovnik I'd love to hear them…