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: 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

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

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

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 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