Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

This was what we had been waiting for since the last 13 days in Croatia. This was one of the primary reasons behind the choice of Croatia for our second international vacation. A city that evokes its medieval past like no other. A city, whose every street, every building, every nook and every cranny is steeped in history. A city so beautiful that it was … Continue reading Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

Split: An Emperor’s Palace

A nice retirement home in a beautiful location is a dream for many of us and the Roman emperor Diocletian was no different. Now, retirement is not a word that is usually associated with emperors, but in 305 AD, after 21 years of rule, Diocletian became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate his throne and retire. To spend his retirement days, Diocletian had chosen … Continue reading Split: An Emperor’s Palace

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 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: 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

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