a drone in the sky over Trogir – Croatia

bbDrones Trogira 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

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Spring = wild asparagus season in Trogir, Croatia

wild-asparagusEaster came early this year, and it was also the time for wild asparagus season which shows that Spring has finally arrived in Croatia.

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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

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from the sea to the table in Croatia

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.
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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

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great souvenirs from Croatia

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.

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extra virgin olive oil 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

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Croatia video from tourist board

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cook like an Italian: making brown bread

ok so it’s not really traditional Italian bread, but make it, and you’ll LOVE IT! tasty, wholesome, comforting, delicious, nothing beats the smell and taste of freshly baked homemade bread.
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ingredients:
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

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more adventures in Croatia: Isabelle and Dino in Istria

Istriain the virtual world of Our Adventure in Croatia Blog we meet lots of interesting people with different stories and connections with the country, and this week we introduce Isabelle and Dino, who live in Pula and have a lovely holiday apartment in the centre of town, which they rent out to tourist and anybody interested in visiting Istria. (www.mysweethomepula.com)

Hello Isabelle and welcome to our Blog. Where are you originally from and how did you end up living in Croatia, when did you move there?
I am French born in Paris but my parents have Croatian origin, so I learned the language when I was a child but rarely spoke it. Dino too but he lived for years in Münich in Germany.
We are both big travellers (ex export managers and I continue coaching and training cross cultural management and awareness).
We met in Fuerteventura Canarian Islands in winter 2010.
In 2013 we decided to leave France and tour capital of the Loire Castles, were we were living, and we arrived in Pula just before Christmas 2013.

meet Isabelle and Dino

meet Isabelle and Dino

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Croatia sailing diaries: the chimneys of Lastovo

Lastovo chimneysThe 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.
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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

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3 Winters – in Croatia

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.
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(all images by by Ellie Kurttz)

The play starts with the family and the house in 1945 Continue reading

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What to do in Croatia – Deep-water soloing DWS

DWS? what’s that, you may ask…

deep water soloingwell, 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

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the mile high sunset over Croatia

can’t get enough of beautiful sunsets over Croatia, this time I’ll share with you pictures taken from our Lufthansa flight back to London.
The sky was all lit up in warm glowing colours of pink, purple, orange and red.
Fills me with joy and I am lucky to be alive and see this.

our flight ready on the runway at Split airport

our flight ready on the runway at Split airport


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sunset Croatia
sunset Croatia
sunset Croatia
sunset Croatia
sunset Croatia

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cook like an Italian – baking Christmas biscuits

cookiesok, so that’s not really an Italian tradition…
but I learned this tradition whilst living in Germany (many moons ago, don’t ask!).

It is quite common for German families to bake “Weihnachtsplätzchen” , ie different types of Christmas cookies which are made from various types of doughs with the addition of spices like cinnamon, gloves, cardamon, orange and lemon peels and vanilla. Continue reading

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happy 2015

To all our guests past and future, all our friends and blog followers, all the best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.
Greetings from sunny Croatia

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Christmas is almost here……

To all our guests, friends and followers:

Christmas at Villa BellaVista

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Do Something Different – Explore Croatian Lighthouses

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.

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-(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.

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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.
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