This gorgeous city was heavily bombed during the Croatian War of Independence from 1991 to 1995. Fortunately much of damage has been fixed, but if you look closely you can see evidence in some of the ancient stone houses.
On one of my first trips to Boston, I was given the "Make Way for Duckings" book and taken to the Public Gardens. The bronze duck statues in homage to the book are very cool. Also, the Swan Boats have some real classic charm.