Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Small Towns in Europe That I Love

Let me tell you something: it’s easy to go to Europe and see nothing but cities.  For years, that was my modus operandi — to hit up the major cities and ignore small towns along the way.  It’s the easiest and most convenient option, especially if you’re traveling by train. But in the past year, [...]

Meet Pučišća: The Most Beautiful Village in Croatia

If I had only known that as we sailed into Pučišća on the island of Brač in Croatia, that we would be seeing the single most beautiful village I had ever seen, I would have taken time to savor it. IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN! Pučišca was an all-too-brief stop on our trip between Omiš [...]

Korčula: In the Land of Marco Polo

One of my most delightful surprises of the Dalmatian Coast was lovely Korčula — the home of Marco Polo. Korčula?  But I thought Marco Polo was from Venice! True.  Marco Polo was born in the thirteenth century, back when Venice was a Republic spanning from the canal-filled city to what is now Turkey.  No one [...]

Photo Essay: Roses of Istria

Here’s a brief confession: when Dave and I stepped off the plane in Pula, Croatia, I wondered briefly if I’d made a giant mistake. It was an afternoon in late May, and it was cool.  Temperatures were in the low sixties (about 17 C).  Long-sleeved t-shirt weather.  I had planned on this trip being our [...]

Mljet: Captive in Paradise

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus spent ten years fighting in the Trojan War, then took the LONG way home — another ten years of sailing back to Ithaca and getting into many mishaps along the way. Seven of those years were spent on the island of Ogygia in the arms of the nymph Calypso.  As [...]

Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik — the pearl of the Adriatic, Lord Byron’s paradise, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Dubrovnik was the final stop on our Busabout Croatia Cruise, and I was looking forward to seeing this beautiful city in real life after dreaming about it for years! Dubrovnik didn’t disappoint — it was [...]

Where Are All the Hvar Celebrities?

Long before arriving on the island of Hvar, Croatia, I had one thing in mind: BLUE IVY SIGHTING. Beyonce and Jay-Z are big fans of Hvar and vacation here each year on their private yacht.  Last summer, Beyonce even found a tree covered with blue ivy — months before Blue Ivy herself arrived. I’ve mentioned [...]

Busabout Croatia Sail: THE. MOST. FUN. EVER.

When it came time to take my first vacation in the last two years, I wanted to do something I’ve dreamed of for years — sailing the islands off the coast of Croatia. Dave and I joined up with my frequent and much-loved partner Busabout on their One-Way Croatia Sail. And the result? THIS. TRIP. [...]

Zadar and Split: A Tale of Two Cities

Croatia is world-renowned for its gorgeous coastline, islands, and beaches of Upper Dalmatia.  Less famous?  The urban gateways to these islands: the cities of Zadar and Split. Dave and I decided to visit both cities in one day after driving down from the Plitivice Lakes. In turn, we discovered two mid-sized cities that we liked [...]

Paradise in the Plitivice Lakes

Lush waterfalls, verdant greenery, and pools that change from turquoise to teal to aquamarine — the Plitivice Lakes are one of the most famous sights in Croatia.  As soon as Dave and I started planning our Croatia itinerary, we knew we had to visit the Plitivice Lakes — so we decided to fit our visit [...]