Last weekend I went to the National Theatre in London to see an excellent play set in Croatia, following the lives of different generations of a family in the same house in Zagreb, the play bounces backwards and forwards between three very distinct historical periods, which influenced the people and the country.
(all images by by Ellie Kurttz)
The play starts with the family and the house in 1945 Continue reading
DWS? what’s that, you may ask…
well, prepare yourself for an adrenaline packed activity which is not for the faint-hearted.
Solo climbing or soloing is a style of climbing in which the climber climbs alone (often with no ropes), and Deep-water soloing (DWS) is done on cliffs overhanging water so that in case of a fall, the climber lands safely in the sea.
That does not make it any less arduous or terrifying, just look at the picture! Would you be brave enough (or fit enough) to try this extreme sport??? Continue reading
Can you imagine the experience of spending a few days in a remote and secluded location like a lighthouse, surroundend by sea and nature – a bit like Robinson Crusoe – with the sound of the wind, the waves and the seagulls as your only company?
Imagine no further, you can find out how to turn this into reality by reading this guest-post by Antonia Novosel, an experienced blogger and writer who is content and blog writer at Sailing Europe Blog, which is one of the most popular European sailing communities blogs.
-(written by Antonia Novosel)
The story of Croatian lighthouses, as we see them today, started sometime in 19th century. Austro-Hungarian naval authorities decided to make navigation in eastern Adriatic safer for their warcraft and merchant navy. You may ask what Croatian Adriatic has to do with Austria and Hungary… Well, Croatia used to be the part of Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time.
Let’s get back to the sea! Coastal navigation in Croatian Adriatic used to be very difficult, even dangerous throughout the history. The reason for such situation is the great number of Croatian islands, islets and rocks, along with well indented coastline and tricky meteorological situations from time to time. So navigation within Croatian islands was the virtue known only to local masters. As the mighty empire wanted to increase their influence at the Adriatic they needed to learn better how to lead their ships through the maze of Croatian islands safely. As well as many other things that we inherited from the times of Austro-Hungary, Adriatic lighthouses were built to last.
Dubrovnik Old Town is full of history, beautiful palaces, museums and piazzas, but walking the narrow streets of Dubrovnik you also notice that lots of people live in it, and have to go about their daily business, regardless of the hordes of tourists which descend on the city every day.
One of the daily chores is, of course, the washing…
I don’t know want it is with washing lines, whenever I see them in a beautiful setting inside an old city, I want to photograph them, it brings home that the streets are not just for tourists to marvel, but this is a living community, not a museum or a tourist attraction.
So here is the washing that was very photogenic during my visit!
Smile, you are on camera!
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ahhh how sweet… what is he thinking?
Brasato is a type of beef stew, which is originally from Piemonte and made with a good Barolo wine. But it’s also on the menu in other northern regions and tweeked with a few variations, in my family it was often prepared for a special Sunday lunch, and served with polenta or mashed potatoes.
Brasato can also be prepared with other types of good full-bodied red wines (Barolo is quite expensive) but don’t use cheap wine, or you’ll be wasting your time and a good piece of beef.
In my recipe I have used Montepulciano, you can also use a good Gattinara, Chianti or Sangiovese. Cheap wine won’t do. Continue reading
Last week we said goodbye to our last guests of the season. They were two lovely families from the UK who were visiting the island for the first time.
In the early part of the summer season the weather wasn’t so good in Croatia, it’s been an unusual year with more rain than normal, even the locals have been very surprised (read our post we are still standing).
But October bloomed into wonderful sunshine and our last guests enjoyed a great sunny week and loved the pool, especially the children. Their daughter Gracie learned to dive as she was jumping in it every day, so we are very honoured to being a part of her “dive training” and – who knows – in future she may even be a champion swimmer or diver!!
Everyone rides a bike on Vis. Young and old, locals and and tourists, fat and skinny people. All kinds of bikes are ridden. New ones, old ones, mountain bikes, colourful bikes, on two, three or even four wheels.
There is probably no place on the whole Adriatic where the bike is as popular as in Vis, and it is very easy to rent a bike as there are plenty of places near the port where you can pick one up if you arrive with a sailing ship or a gulet cruise, like us, while on our island-hopping adventure.