Split, Croatia, a Roman emperor’s choice

Coming from the island of Hvar by ferry, Split looked massive in comparison. The second largest city in Croatia, it sits on a wide bay on the Adriatic Sea, set against a high mountain backdrop. Spreading over a central peninsula in both directions, the swarming of ships and boats of all sizes in its harborContinue reading “Split, Croatia, a Roman emperor’s choice”

Hvar, the jet setter’s paradise of Croatia

I had heard of Hvar (pronounced ‘Huar’ in Croatian) long before I ever set foot in Croatia. This famous Croatian island off the Dalmatian coast is known for having it all: lush nature, rich history, beautiful architecture, scenic beaches and exciting nightlife, plus stylish restaurants, bars and hotels. Of course that doesn’t go unnoticed: eachContinue reading “Hvar, the jet setter’s paradise of Croatia”

Korcula, Croatia – nature, traditions and wines

By the time I got to the island of Korcula, in southern Croatia, I was already used to the extraordinary beauty of the country. I had been to Dubrovnik – called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – and also to Kotor and Perast, in neighboring Montenegro. The fullness of their history and the lushness ofContinue reading “Korcula, Croatia – nature, traditions and wines”

Perast, a fairytale on water in Montenegro

After soaking in the wonders of Kotor, Montenegro’s most popular destination, our group stopped at a scenic seaport called Perast, on the Bay of Kotor.   I consider myself relatively well traveled, but I had never heard of Perast until that hot day, in June of 2021. The first view our group had of it wasContinue reading “Perast, a fairytale on water in Montenegro”

Kotor, Montenegro – a beautiful town of beautiful people

It is less than three hours from Dubrovnik, in Croatia, to Kotor, in the neighboring country of Montenegro. I left Dubrovnik early in the morning on a group day tour organized by Amico Tours, guided by a friendly driver called Gabriel, who picked us up at the gates of the Old Town. While driving usContinue reading “Kotor, Montenegro – a beautiful town of beautiful people”

Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

My plan was to get to Dubrovnik before the end of May, to avoid the droves of tourists that flood it every summer, and time lost waiting in lines. It would be my first time there, but Dubrovnik had been on my bucket list for many years.   After two days in Zagreb – to recoverContinue reading “Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic”