Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic

George Bernard Shaw wrote upon visiting Dubrovnik in 1929, “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”. With such a sterling endorsement, it is hard to manage expectations when visiting the city. A Unesco World Heritage site since 1979, its most distinctive feature are the intact city walls that encircle the city,…

Mljet – The island with an island

The word ‘seductive‘ is often used when reading about the island of Mljet (Mil-yet). Covered by lush Mediterranean pine forest, half of the island is a designated national park. I don’t know why only half and neither did our skipper Marco. When we asked him, he just shrugged his shoulders and said he sometimes wondered…

Korcula Island and Marco Polo

Korcula (Kor-chula) is one of Croatia’s more populated islands but you would hardly notice it. It seems to take it all within its stride. The main town located within the island is also called Korcula and is a walled city with round defensive towers, earning it the nickname of “mini Dubrovnik”. Having probably fended off…

Islands of Croatia – Hvar the Celebrity

After our previous stint on a boat in Gippsland lakes (see previous blog), we had no expectations whatsoever for the Gulet. Peter didn’t even know what a Gulet was until I showed him the photos. Even then, he was happily ignorant. Unlike the motto “Plan for the worst and hope for the best“, he both…

Croatia, Split and an emperor’s retirement home

Split Arriving late from Zagreb the night before, we woke up to a splendid morning in Split with not a cloud in the sky. Heading out to breakfast early, the Riva was already stirring. Split is the second largest city in Croatia so taking advantage of the quiet morning, we went for a stroll along…

Travel – Zagreb, Croatia

Last month, we visited the beautiful countries of Croatia and Montenegro followed by stops in Santorini and Athens. So, over the coming weeks, I will be updating the blog with our latest travels. To kick it off, here is the first installment. Zagreb It is clear from the onset that Zagreb just doesn’t have the…