Split: Across The Ages

By most accounts, Emperor Diocletian was a good ruler. He stabilized the Roman Empire after a long period of strife, secured its borders, introduced administrative reforms and actually did something that no Roman emperor had done before him – abdicate the throne willingly and retire. But towards the end of his reign he indulged in the persecution of Christians, said to be the most severe … Continue reading Split: Across The Ages

Zadar: Where Ancient Meets Modern

The old town of Zadar has enough things to keep one engaged throughout the day. But despite the abundance of ancient and medieval structures, we found amiss with the town. It just did not have the charm of Istrian towns like Rovinj, Poreč, Grožnjan and Hum. These towns, with their narrow cobblestone streets and stone buildings, had the air of a medieval museum. This ambience … Continue reading Zadar: Where Ancient Meets Modern

Zadar: The Beginning of the Dalmatian Coast

During the previous eight days in Croatia, we had explored the atmospheric Zagreb, the lovely northern town of Varaždin, the charming coastal and hilltop towns of the Istrian peninsula and the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park. On the ninth day of our trip, we finally arrived in the region that is Croatia’s biggest claim to fame as a tourist destination – the Dalmatian Coast. A … Continue reading Zadar: The Beginning of the Dalmatian Coast

Plitvice Lakes National Park: The Upper Lakes

We have found that sometimes places which are really famous and hyped a lot fail to live up to that hype. Fortunately, Plitvice Lakes National Park was not one of such places. It promised plenty and delivered even more than what it had promised. In the previous post we wrote about how, after an adventurous drive to Plitvice and a walk along the magnificent lower … Continue reading Plitvice Lakes National Park: The Upper Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park: The Crown Jewel of Croatia

Back in the school days, the books told us some interesting facts about water – like 71% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, or 60% of the human body is made up of water etc. What the books didn’t tell us is that water is also an agent of magic that has the ability to cast a hypnotizing spell on humans. Now if … Continue reading Plitvice Lakes National Park: The Crown Jewel of Croatia

Istria: The Walled Town of Motovun

Our fourth and final day in Istria began with a day trip to the most famous and best-preserved medieval hilltop town of Istria – Motovun. After visiting Motovun we felt that the town, which is the site of an international film festival in the summer months, had a lot of things working for it – fortifications dating from the medieval era, magnificent views all around … Continue reading Istria: The Walled Town of Motovun