The enchanting Croatian island of Vis has had many identities over the last few thousand years. For a time, it was an ancient Greek colony known as Issa. Then, from the 1950s until the 1980s, Vis was a secret Yugoslavian naval base that was off-limits to foreigners. From there, tourists — and filmmakers — startedContinue reading “Komiža, Vis: Savoring the Off-Season Charms of One of Croatia’s Most Remote Islands”
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Photo du Jour: A “Stunt Squirrel” Takes on a Croatian Forest
A red squirrel pauses after doing some death-defying moves in the evergreen treetops of Makarska, Croatia. This “stunt squirrel” — with impressive nails and fabulously furry ears, I might add — lives on the Sveti Petar Peninsula, a forested area that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. When I took this picture earlier this year, I wasContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A “Stunt Squirrel” Takes on a Croatian Forest”
Brač, Croatia: Hunting for Hercules in a Roman Quarry
For nearly 2,000 years, limestone has been extracted from quarries on the Croatian island of Brač. In the 3rd century, laborers used this dazzling white stone to build the palace of Emperor Diocletian in the city of Split. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Brač limestone was used to construct the Saint James CathedralContinue reading “Brač, Croatia: Hunting for Hercules in a Roman Quarry”
Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park: A Day Trip and Boat Ride
Magnificent Lake Skadar is the largest lake in Southern Europe. It is also home to a dazzling array of wildlife.
A Sanctuary for the Lovable and Threatened Donkeys of Split, Croatia
Volunteers in the coastal city of Split, Croatia are dedicated to saving the country’s remaining donkey population.
Around the World in 18 Barbers’ Chairs
From Bulgaria to Vietnam, Shawn visits barber shops around the world.
Sculpting Tomorrow’s Artisans: The Stonemason School in Pučišća, Croatia
Aspiring stonemasons on the Croatian island of Brač learn the ropes of an Old World art.
Sinking My Teeth into Subotica, Serbia: A Tale of Art Nouveau & Dental Tourism
Remarkable architecture — and dental tourism — intersect in the northern Serbian city of Subotica.