Skip to Content

Falling for Historic Dubrovnik

  While the islands bask in their sunny, lavender-scented glory, Dubrovnik waits at the southernmost tip of Croatia, like a matching bookend to the region’s other main city, Split. But Dubrovnik is much more than the final stop on a typical Dalmatian sailing trip: it is the most historical, charming, and beautiful destination in a region …

Read More about Falling for Historic Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s Sights for the Budget Traveler: A Self-Guided Tour

Dubrovnik has been Croatia’s number-one tourist destination for over 75 years, and for good reason: Dubrovnik is a great destination for the budget traveler. It is also one of the only European cities whose medieval city walls have remained completely intact, giving it a magical atmosphere, as though Puff the Magic Dragon might pop his …

Read More about Dubrovnik’s Sights for the Budget Traveler: A Self-Guided Tour

Eating the Adriatic – Pag, the Magical Island of Cheese

  When we arrived at the bridge connecting Pag, the island of  Cheese to Croatia’s mainland, we got out of our car to feel the wind. Named bora, this violent wind churned the sea hundreds of feet below. The seawater that had been turquoise just a few miles south, was now deep, dark blue and …

Read More about Eating the Adriatic – Pag, the Magical Island of Cheese

Eating the Adriatic – The Dalmatian Wine Scene

  I’m on a bus cruising up the Dalmatian Coast to the coastal city of Split. Croatian music blasts: a combination of deep-throated Slavic folk singing with what sounds like wood blocks, a harpsichord, and alarm clocks. The Adriatic Sea is directly below me on the left (there aren’t enough guardrails, fyi) and Croatia’s 1,183—wait, …

Read More about Eating the Adriatic – The Dalmatian Wine Scene

Europe’s Western Balkans: Bosnia-Herzegovina

  The overland drive from Podgorica to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital city, Sarajevo, is a stunning coil through imposing mountains along the glacier-blue Pivo River. Sarajevo—the other Jerusalem—exemplifies the modern religion crossroads and crossfire. Most media offerings specialize in images that disturb. That seems to be all that was shared about Bosnia-Herzegovina until now. This beautiful country’s …

Read More about Europe’s Western Balkans: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Adventures in the Fairy Tale Town of Bled, Slovenia

It looks like a fairy tale. Out of the lake rises a stone staircase. Step delicately over the edge of your rowboat, and mount the stairs. The little island at which you’ve docked barely has enough space for a few trees and your destination: the medieval Church of the Assumption. The solemn peal of a bell and thin iron …

Read More about Adventures in the Fairy Tale Town of Bled, Slovenia
Europe Up Close