a new type of filming and photography is in action in Trogir – Croatia since 2015, setup by bbDrones, a family business offering any kind of aerial shots, be it a photo of your house, a beautifully edited film of a Croatian location, or anything else you may want to use as promotional material, or how about a different way to film your wedding or a yachting or sailing adventure? Continue reading
Locals go to nearby woods, hills and valleys, foraging for the long stalky wild asparagus (šparoga) to make simple but good and healthy dishes. Foraging for asparagus is a bit like mushroom hunting, some people seem to have better skills than others at finding them, and over the years have their own “secret spots”. Continue reading
Seafood is indeed an important part of the Croatian culinary world, particularly along the coast. Fresh fish is on offer in most restaurants, try locally sourced mussels, oysters, prawns, octopus, squid and numerous types of white and blue fish, like sardines, anchovies, tuna, mackerel, hake and sea eel.
The best thing is, the journey of the fish from the sea to the table in Croatia is a very short one, and you can witness it every day all along the coast, from the fishermen boats in harbours in the very early mornings, to the markets all across the Adriatic coast, and finally to your own table or at any konoba or restaurant to enjoy. Continue reading
Buying a souvenir or gift while travelling abroad can be a fun adventure and will leave you with a lasting memory of your trip.
Family and friends also love receiving gifts from your travels to far away places, so make sure that you know what are the best gifts and souvenirs to buy when visiting Croatia, here are some of our favourites.
Take home with you some sunshine in a bottle. Locally produced extra-virgin olive oil is sold at many market stalls, but better buy from someone recommended, for example ask at the rental property or hotel where you are staying. Continue reading
200gr wholemeal flour (I use an Italian 7-grain cereal flour)
200gr spelt flour
100gr strong white bread flour
sachet of dried yeast
4 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, linseed)
1 1/2 tsp salt
pinch of sugar
300 ml lukewarm water Continue reading
The island of Lastovo belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago. Thirteen kilometres south of Korčula, the island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea, it is on the itinerary of some sailing holiday cruises, which is how we visited the island during our summer vacation.
Lastovo experienced the same fate as the neighbouring island Vis. The island became a military base after WWII, and so it was off-limits to foreigners and tourists until 1992, when the ban was lifted and foreign tourists were again allowed to visit the island. Continue reading
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…
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.