Mljet, Monastery of St. Mary, Croatia, Dalmatia

More on Magical Mljet, Croatia

Croatia has become an extremely popular destination in recent years, due in no small part to Game of Thrones‘ enormous success.  Dubrovnik is lovely and GOT fans can visit many of the sites made famous by the show.  However, Croatia’s charm is best manifested in the lesser known locales and especially the islands off the Dalmatian Coast. (See previous posts: Meet Me in Mljet, Lavandar Man and Other … Continue reading More on Magical Mljet, Croatia

Apulia, Puglia, Adriatic Sea, Italy

By the Sea, By the Sea – Puglia Part 2

Puglia’s pristine coastline invites comparison to the Amalfi Coast. There are the same winding roads and stunning views, but none of the congestion. As in the interior, there are charming villages, with Otranto at the top of my list. The exquisite Church of the Madonna of Altomare sits above the bay overlooking Otranto. While every town has its places of worship, this one stands apart with … Continue reading By the Sea, By the Sea – Puglia Part 2

Trulli, Puglia, Italy

Trulli, Madly, Deeply – Puglia Part I

Compared to just about everywhere else in Italy, Puglia is relatively quiet, especially come September 1, when the Italian families who spend August there have returned to work and school. This may be the best time to enjoy the spectacular wine, bountiful produce and seafood. Inland Puglia features traffic-free country roads lined with trulli, fields of sheep, and endless groves of olive trees. There is nothing quite like just pressed olive … Continue reading Trulli, Madly, Deeply – Puglia Part I

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