Venice on My Mind

St. Mark’s Square with the its Basilica, numerous caffès and the  Doge’s Palace  is thronged with tourists year-round. However, there are wonderful neighborhoods to explore where the Venetians live and play. Whether you are going to Venice for the Biennale (through November 22, 2015) or just to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities on earth, make sure to visit the lesser known areas of Dorsoduro,  and Santa Croce. … Continue reading Venice on My Mind

Double Vision in Venice, Italy

La Serenissima is undoubtedly one of the most photographed cities in the world. I think of her as a woman of mystery with many secrets to discover. When I took this shot, I imagined myself as a spy hoping to see more than what lies on the surface. Today’s post is based on https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/half-and-half/ Continue reading Double Vision in Venice, Italy

Simply Irresistible

I encountered these lovely ladies on a visit to Konavle, a particularly lush region just 18 kilometers southeast of Dubrovnik . The agriturismo movement is catching on here, which is only natural in a region where eating what one grows is standard operating practice. My friends and I enjoyed a fabulous meal featuring Peka – a traditional Dalmatian dish of slow roasted veal and potato dish cooked under a dome in a bed of embers and … Continue reading Simply Irresistible

Croatia | Lavander Man and Other Reasons to Visit Hvar

  Call me cynical, but I was prepared not to like Hvar. After all, everyone else does and it turns out for good  reason. An afternoon in Hvar town is plenty, unless you are into the party scene which rages after midnight. Otherwise, visit the fort, the church and the museum before heading for the hills. Stari Grad is a charming port and one of the oldest cities … Continue reading Croatia | Lavander Man and Other Reasons to Visit Hvar

Meet Me in Mljet | Croatia

The Benedictine monks who settled on Mljet in the 12th century knew a good thing when they saw it. Their monastery still stands on the islet of St. Mary on the Great Lake (Veliko Jezero) within the National Park at the north of the island. You can explore via the numerous hiking trails and mountain bikes are easy to rent on arrival. If you travel … Continue reading Meet Me in Mljet | Croatia

No “Ston” Unturned in Croatia

Salt and Oysters – what could be better.  If you drive an hour from Dubrovnik, you reach the towns of Ston and Mali Ston on the Pelješac peninsula.  The two communities are connected by a seven kilometer wall that dates to the 15th century when it was the second line of defense for the Republic of Ragusa. The salt flats in Ston (each named for a different saint)  t … Continue reading No “Ston” Unturned in Croatia