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Undiscovered Dalmatian Treasures - the Island of Scedro




The southern views from Hvar are mostly of uninterrupted sea views of the pristine Adriatic, but the closest island of Scedro, some 2.7 km from the resort village of Zavala, is one green and picturesque imposition in sea of blue.

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Learning Croatian is Easy, It is the Dialects that Kill You
Learning Croatian is Easy, It is the Dialects that Kill You

Although people say that Croatian is impossible to learn, I actually find it the most logical language I have ever been confronted with.

From Breakfast to Chocolate Festival: The Waldinger Touch of Luxury in Osijek [VIDEO]
From Breakfast to Chocolate Festival: The Waldinger Touch of Luxury in Osijek [VIDEO]

The one-day Chocolate Festival, hosted by Waldinger, was the first of its kind in the city, the latest attempt by owner Mlinarevic to add a little extra quality and diversity to the Osijek tourism offer.

Elephants, Islam and the German National Anthem: the Hidden Treasures of Osijek
Elephants, Islam and the German National Anthem: the Hidden Treasures of Osijek

"We should market ourselves as the Mid-Danube region," said the ever impressive Mislav over a cold one. And he was right. Just 20 km from the centre of the middle of the Danube, I had no idea that Osijek was a river cruise destination.

Discovering the Indigenous Grapes of Dalmatia with the International Press
Discovering the Indigenous Grapes of Dalmatia with the International Press

I was delighted to accept an invitation to join a 30-strong international wine press trip to Brac, Hvar and Imotski in discovering the Indigenous Grapes of Dalmatia.

How to Beat the Famous Croatian Bureaucracy with One Step
How to Beat the Famous Croatian Bureaucracy with One Step

Croatia is a maddening country when it comes to bureaucracy. For years I had to renew my annual temporary residency, with one of the requirements being an original birth certificate no more than six months old. A senseless requirement that cost me more than 500 kuna a year.

How Loved Ones are Commemorated in Croatia
How Loved Ones are Commemorated in Croatia

An interesting aspect of any culture is the way it commemorates its dead. In Croatia November 1 is a public holiday, and a time when everyone comes together to visit the graves of family members, showering them in candles and flowers, which serve to light up the cemetries in a sea of light and colour.

Stalin’s Piano, Tito’s Zebras and Dictator Tourism: Brijuni
Stalin’s Piano, Tito’s Zebras and Dictator Tourism: Brijuni

I knew little of Tito before I moved to Croatia, but had this notion that his was a more benign dictatorship, and although he may have been dead for more than 30 years the first impression I had as I got off the tourist boat to Brijuni was of order.