The Mayor of Pula, Croatia
Dec16

The Mayor of Pula, Croatia

Getting lost in a foreign town is an inevitable part of travel. It can be exciting, enlightening and incredibly frustrating, but it’s never permanent, as by some mysterious law of the universe a helping hand or friendly face invariably seems to appear. In my case, this helping hand belonged to the self-proclaimed Mayor of Pula. I met him on a sun splashed residential street some way out of the centre of town. I had arrived at...

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Croatian Base RyanAir
May23

Croatian Base RyanAir

Budget Airline Ryan Air Opens New Base In Croatia Ryanair has opened its new base in the Croatian city of Zadar – its first in the country. The base, which opened early this month, will serve 17 routes across Ryanair’s network and serve around three million passengers annually. The airline has said it will invest around £56 million in Zadar Airport, creating up to 300 jobs. Zadar is the perfect base for some of Croatia’s best music...

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Paint Stains in Grožnjan
Jan16

Paint Stains in Grožnjan

His fingers are thick but nimble, looping the black cord in quick practiced movements around the shimmering blue glass pendant. His pale yellow shirt isn’t all plain; maybe the bright orange flakes in the blue pendant are responsible for those washed out stains on his shirt. “Do you make all of these here?” My eyes dart from one Murano glass piece to another. I wonder if I’ve made the right choice. Should I pick the maroon triangular...

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The Bridge Between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Stands selling oranges frequented the E73 road from Dubrovnik to Mostar. The border crossing from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina was more a formality than anything else. After Nebo, my driver, passed back my passports, he declared that hostilities still lurked underneath the surface “Remember,” he said, “Mostar was shelled by both the Serbs and the Croats.” As I approached the town, minarets started to appear. And then, Mostar’s most...

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The Walls of Dubrovnik

Regardless of what certain guide books indicate, visitors can walk the length of the walls in Dubrovnik without ever descending to street level. The walls are 1940 metres long and along the way there are five bastions, as well as three round and twelve square-shaped towers, built between the eighth and sixteenth centuries. I decided to walk clockwise towards the Minceta Fortress and was arrested by the spectacular views of the Old...

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Best of Croatia & Slovenia

Explore the Best of Croatia and Slovenia On New “Dalmatian Sunshine” Escorted Tour Long synonymous with vacations to Ireland and Britain, CIE Tours International has extended its expertise into Eastern Europe, offering a new Dalmatian Sunshine vacation, a 10-day/8-night escorted tour of the fast-emerging destinations of Croatia and Slovenia. Departures start on April 18th and continue weekly on Fridays through November 7th, priced...

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