Basil plant: the flavour of summer, one of the best additions to your summer table and the main ingredient for pesto sauce.
Although traditionally you would make pesto using a pestle and mortar, many people (myself included) use a modern food processer
You can store freshly made pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but pesto also freezes really well, so you can make small batches and keep it in the freezer for times when fresh basil is not available. Continue reading
When do you book your holiday?
Are you an “early bird” or a “last-minute deal” traveller?
Here at Villa BellaVista we’ve already taken our first booking for July 2015, when we will be welcoming Herman and Annemarie from Holland,
with their kids.
We are happily surprised that our guests want to book the villa so early, and are very grateful indeed!
By securing their holiday early, our guests now have something to look forward to. When the winter blues start to set in, you’ll need something to lift your spirits and what better than an upcoming escape to Villa BellaVista in sunny Croatia?
We look forward to welcoming Herman, Annemarie and their girls, who see themselves already in the pool …..
The definitive ‘must’ of any visit to Dubrovnik, the medieval city walls can be explored with a full-circuit, two-kilometre walk along the battlements.
The walls are on average 24m high and up to 6m thick and date back to the 13th century. Additional towers were constructed in the 15th century, to protect the city against the Turks. (click on images to enlarge)
We’ve survived the worst Croatian storm in years, all the locals say the’ve never experienced anything like this. Our friend Daniel who has been living on the island for many years told it is unbelivable, and even older members of the community can never remember a summer like this.
unexpected freak storm in Croatia
A petite blonde French lady named Isabelle was the life and soul of our cruise around the Croatian islands.
I say French lady, but when I first met Isabelle, her origin was a topic of great dispute. She had a heated discussion with the ship’s bartender named Mario, who was a pleasant Croatian from Split. Continue reading
So what it’s like to cruise Croatia on board a small vintage ship?
Well, first things first, as mentioned in a previous post, you need to choose carefully the type of cruise you’d like to join, or you might end up with the “wrong crowd” – so to speak – so always enquire as to the age group of the travellers on a specific route.
fun and party cruise Croatia
our cruise continued southwards and the captain on our MS Vapor took us towards the island of Mljet, where we were to later dock and stay overnight. An obligatory swimming stop was obviously on the menu in the late morning… we’re getting into the habit… ;)
Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and is today a National Park for the preservation of the pristine woodland and the flaura and fauna on the island. Thick green forests of aleppo pine trees cover most of the island.
Ancient Greeks called the island “Melita” or “honey” which over the centuries evolved to become the Slavic name, Mljet.
approaching Mljet from the sea
After boarding our ship in Split, out Captain started sailing south along the Croatian coast, and we soon got into the rythm of the movement of the vessel, the noise of the engine, the chatting of fellow travellers.
Now that you’ve booked your gulet cruise in Croatia, what do you pack for your holiday?
DON’T TAKE TOO MUCH WITH YOU
Don’t take too many suitcases with you, and pack in soft bags that can be stowed in the boat (usually under the beds of your cabin), no hard suitcases. Towels and sheet are usually provided on the boat, but check with your tour company whether you will need to bring a beach towel.
Cabins are small in gulets, after all they are wooden sailing ships, so you don’t want to trip on your suitcases when you get out of bed!
We’ve been wanting to visit many of the croatian islands, and view the coast from the sea for a long time. With our Croatian house renovation taking months then years, we never really had time for a “proper holiday” but our trips to our island were always “working holidays”.
This year our house is rented to tourists so we decided to take a well-earned break, and cruise Croatia!
some of you who read this blog may have noticed an absence of updates for a while, in Our Adventure in Croatia. We’ve recently only re-blogged articles from other interesting travel blogs.
that’s because I have been on another – not so welcome – adventure.
My adventure with breast cancer.
For all the women out there, breast cancer is a scary thought. It’s a very common illness, they say. The statistics say one in 8 women will get it.
As you walk down a busy street, as you step into a cinema or a restaurant, as you wander into a large shopping centre, a supermarket or you go to your hairdresser, there will be women there who have – or have had – breast cancer. A lot of us have friends or family members who have had breast cancer, it’s really that common.
But you always hope that the “one in 8″ will never be you.
Well, this year, that “one in 8 women” – was me. Continue reading