Istria: The Postcard-Perfect Rovinj

In our previous post, we mentioned that we did not really like the city of Pula since it lacked the charm associated with Istrian towns. When we reached Rovinj, it seemed like the town was compensating for Pula’s lack of charm. In fact, it might have even compensated for a few more places. It is not hard to see why Rovinj is fast becoming one of … Continue reading Istria: The Postcard-Perfect Rovinj

Istria: Stepping Back into the Roman Era at Pula

Imagine a place where one evening you are watching the sun setting behind lush green hills while the next evening you are watching the sun disappear beneath a vast but tranquil sea in a blaze of colours.   Imagine a place where one day you are roaming in the most scenic of coastal towns feeling the cool sea breeze on your face while the next … Continue reading Istria: Stepping Back into the Roman Era at Pula

Varaždin: A 20 Year Capital

Some cities have their histories inextricably linked with natural disasters. Sometimes these disasters engulf and destroy those cities while other times they shape them for better. Varaždin definitely belongs to the latter category. In 1756, as Zagreb was reeling from the effects of battles with Turks along with frequent fires and plagues, the Croatian government relocated its capital from that troubled city to Varaždin in … Continue reading Varaždin: A 20 Year Capital

Trakošćan: A Fairytale Castle

If little kids are asked to draw a castle based on their reading of stories like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty then I wouldn’t be surprised if their drawings look something like the Trakošćan Castle. Sitting on a hilltop next to a lake and surrounded by woods and meadows, the castle, with its light yellow and white exterior, stone walls and a central tower, looks like … Continue reading Trakošćan: A Fairytale Castle

Zagreb: The Sights of Gornji Grad

In the 11th century, two settlements emerged on the neighbouring hills of Kaptol and Gradec –the former, religious in nature, consisting of a cathedral and residence of the bishop and the latter secular in nature, inhabited by common people. After a long history of frequent battles and occasional truce, Kaptol and Gradec were officially united in 1850 and today comprise Gornji Grad – the historic … Continue reading Zagreb: The Sights of Gornji Grad

Zagreb: The Horseshoe of Donji Grad

Zagreb – the capital of Croatia – is not a city that is very highly regarded by tourists and travel websites. One would be hard-pressed to find a list of ‘top European cities’ that features Zagreb. In fact, Zagreb rarely finds a place even among the best five places in Croatia. We will not get into a debate about whether Zagreb deserves to be included … Continue reading Zagreb: The Horseshoe of Donji Grad

Agra: The Red Fort

If one talks about the most famous cities of India then Agra will certainly take the top spot, at least from the perspective of tourism. Individually, we both had been to Agra earlier in our lives but this was the first time we visited the city together and what better occasion to visit it than to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We made the drive … Continue reading Agra: The Red Fort