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

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

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

Croatia: A few FAQs

In our previous post we wrote about how we planned our Croatian trip and the things we did before arriving in Croatia. In this post we will share some tips and answer some questions about Croatia based on our experiences in the country.  Is it worth visiting Croatia? Oh yes, absolutely! Croatia is a beautiful country. In terms of beaches and coasts, it is second … Continue reading Croatia: A few FAQs

Orchha: A Medieval Town Frozen in Time

It was on the second day of our stay in Orchha, while standing atop a palatial complex with the whole town spread out in front of us, when it occurred to me that this is a town which is frozen in time. If we could somehow remove the modern settlements, the shops and vehicles, clean the old buildings and redecorate and refurnish the interiors then … Continue reading Orchha: A Medieval Town Frozen in Time