Dubrovnik Video

Our Adventure in Croatia:

great video of Dubrovnik

Originally posted on Essence of Dubrovnik:

A video tour of Dubrovnik, spend the day wandering around the walls and the old town.  Video by Gary Spetz, artist and PBS Host, beautifully filmed and edited.  Click on the bottom to view full screen on you tube.

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get rich quick by blogging

well I must share with you this secret advantage of being a blogger. Since I started blogging, my dedicated blogging email address has received many interesting propositions, a lot of them promising me riches!!
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more adventures in Croatia – Ana & Frank – Our Blended Marriage

This week for our regular feature “more adventures in Croatia” we meet Ana & Frank, an American-Croatian couple currently living in Croatia, on a journey to create a better life for their young family. They have a blog about their family, blogging, design, budgeting and feeding a family of five for less than $150 a month!! now that’s an adventure!

FrankAndAna

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How to lie in a hammock

It might sound like a stupid question: how to lie in a hammock? but you might be surprised that you need to know the trick, in order to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing time and not fall out of the hammock!!

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no safety net in Croatia

health and safetyBritish Health and Safety rules state that workers are not allowed to stand on the top three rungs of a ladder, in case they topple over, and must keep three parts of their body in contact with the ladder at all times, and many firms are so worried about being taken to court for breaching the regulations – where they could face an unlimited fine – that they have abandoned ladders altogether, preferring to use fixed structures for roofing work.

Health and Safety gone mad!!?? Continue reading

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top tips for car hire in Croatia

car hire tips

car hire tips

We are often asked by friends or guests travelling to Croatia, about recommendation for car hire, so here are our top tips:

1-book in advance on the internet. You’ll find the best deals. Don’t wait until you get to your destination as you’ll be charged much higher rates.

2-compare offers to find the car suitable for your needs. Continue reading

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How to build a pergola – new project in Croatia

This winter we had a new project at Villa BellaVista. To build a new pergola on our front terrace. We already have one pergola in our garden, as shown in the photo below, where we hang all our hammocks for total relaxation. Now we were going to have another similar pergola on the terrace, to avoid having large sun umbrellas which in the summer seem to blow in the wind and break easily.

Villa BellaVista front terrace

Villa BellaVista front terrace

Ingredients for pergola: Continue reading

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more adventures in Croatia: Isabel in Istria

Renovating a little old house in a picturesque hilltop village somewhere in the Mediterranean hills. A dream for many, a reality for few who dare to turn their hands at making it happen, and create their very own “place in the sun”.

This week for our regular Expats series “more adventures in Croatia” our guest is Isabel, who turned her dream into reality by buying an old stone house in the hills of Istria, a heart-shaped peninsula in the Adriatic Sea at the confluence of three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

Rovinj - Istria

Rovinj – a charming seaside town in Istria

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Crimewatch Croatia – an encounter with the Croatian “Miami Vice” cop

"do you really wanna go to the police?" asked Flash Gordan

do you really wanna go to the police?” asked Flash Gordan

As explained in our previous post Crimewatch Croatia – where’s the telly? we had to visit the local police station, to report the burglary at our house, as we were going to need to supply a police report for insurance purposes.

At the Police station we approached several officers until we managed to find one without moustache a young one who spoke English and told us we had to wait for an inspector who was out on duty. He was part of the Criminal Police department and would return before 3pm.

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Crimewatch Croatia, where’s the telly?

where's the telly?

where’s the telly?

Where’s the telly?… that’s the question we asked ourselves a few days after we arrived at our holiday home at Christmas time….

At first when we checked both apartments nothing seemed wrong. When we leave the house after the summer season, we cover all the furniture with dustsheets, and everything looked just like we left it. A couple of days later as my mother was coming to visit from Italy to spend Christmas with us, I thought I would put the small TV downstairs, which we bought many years before, so she could watch RAI UNO or RAI DUE during the holidays.

When I told Mr C, he replied “but there is already a TV down there, it’a the big Samsung one we bought only last year, full HD, with satellite box and dvd player” -
But there’s nothing downstairs!!” I replied “I dusted the cabinets this morning and there’s nothing on them!Continue reading

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The animals of Split need a loving home

Azra - happy & healthy with new family 1A few months back we were contacted by Marco and Kristin, a couple of travellers calling themselves Dos Trotamundos, who fell in love with Croatia during a trip there in 2012.

Marco and Kristin wanted to bring to our attention the very good work done by a local vet in Split, Dr Filipovic who, together with her team of animal lovers, are trying to setup an animal shelter for the city of Split.
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2013 citrus harvest in our Croatian garden

Our few citrus trees gave a plentiful harvest this year, and we were in Croatia to pick them.

What to do with all those lemons and grapefruit? Limoncello? Grapefruitcello?

give us some suggestions and your favourite recipes!!

plenty of lemons and grapefruits from Croatia

plenty of lemons and grapefruits from Croatia

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Eat for free in our Croatian village

We came across by chance the Christmas Eve celebration in the town hall of our local village of Okrug, where every year the village has a get together and some designated local men and women prepare traditional dishes for everybody to enjoy. There was music, long tables for convivial eating and sharing the start of the festivities, and very large pots with hot and delicious food, cooked by different locals, many of whom prepared air-dried cod stew (bakalar), which is a traditional Dalmatian dish enjoyed on Christmas Eve (click here for Total Hvar recipe).
But also lentils, other mouth-watering dishes, and sweets like fritule.

Everybody in the village seemed to have turned up for free food, as you can see from the photos below!

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Croatia n.1 destination for 2014

Even the Huffington Post now agrees that Croatia is a hot destination, naming Croatia on top of their ‘World’s Greatest Traveler’s Go List for 2014.

Trogir

Croatia…It is Italy without the hype (and costs). 21st century travelers are in search for new utopias—think Paris in the 20s, Bali in the 70s, and Prague circa 1990. Amazing Croatia may be that next happening generational destination.

(read the rest at this LINK)

Come to Croatia, the Mediterranean as it once was!

Villa BellaVista Croatia

Villa BellaVista Croatia

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Christmas holiday in Croatia

this was the first Christmas we spent in Croatia, we had nice time together with family who came from Italy, and local friends. This is the view of Trogir all lit up with sparkling jewellery during the Christmas holidays.

Trogir New Year 2014

Trogir New Year 2014

We did some baking, thanks to our friends over at British Corner Shop, who earlier in the year provided us with a box full of baking goodies.
We made the most of it making colourful cookies for the kids.
Did you do any baking at Christmas time?

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