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Good Reads

Many of our guests ask about sources of information and books we recommend.  Here are some fiction and non-fiction books, which we think help one understand the area, culture, history & psyche (also good reads): Black Falcon & Gray Lamb … Continue reading

Exploring Istria in a few days

I was recently asked for our recommendations for what not to miss on a few days stay during July in Istria.  After agonizing over the many possibilities, here are our conclusions for what not to miss on a  short stay in Istria: In general … Continue reading


The heart and soul of Istria If you want to be engulfed into the heart of Croatia, the cultural heritage, the magical coastline, the unique architecture, Rovinj will captivate you from the moment you first glimpse the sparkling sea, teaming port & … Continue reading

Olive Harvest on Brac Island

The 2015 olive harvest on Brac is in full swing with a bumper crop. The weather is clear & mild and the trees over-laden with fruit.  The first pick is in, pressed & bottled for delivery to local restaurants and tables … Continue reading

Day Trip to Hvar

Hvar island is easily reached from Milna on Brac for a fabulous Day Trip.  The speed boat goes every morning from Milna Harbor and returns in the evening from Hvar Town. After wandering Hvar town, visiting the fortress and cathedral, a taxi ride … Continue reading

A visit to Korcula

I was recently asked what to do around Korcula Island.  After some thought, here is what I recommend: Visit Orebic and go wine tasting in Peljesac peninsula – favorite wine experiences as rated by our guests:           St Hills … Continue reading

The great wine debate

In an interesting article entitled “the Wrath of Grapes”, sNY Times, May 28,2015, Bruce Schoenfeld could have been talking about Croatian producers’ approach to winemaking when he describes Rajat Parr’s Domaine de la Côte releases: “. . . grapes grown in a … Continue reading

A special find in Istria

We were wandering around Istria about a month ago (in April) doing some filming and visiting places we had never been.  It was one of those lazy trips, where we really didn’t expect much.  Spring was still eluding us, it was … Continue reading

TOP 10 (+1) Things Not to Miss

Another question I get a lot is “. . . what should I do if I really want to experience the essence of Croatia in just a couple of weeks”.  A very hard question to answer!  But if I were to … Continue reading

1000 islands to discover . . .

I am often asked which islands to visit –  a challenging question because they are all beautiful and are alluring for different reasons.  So, I have thought long about the question and here are my thoughts: Brac. . . a great … Continue reading

Meet the Vinters

We recently had the fortunate opportunity to travel coastal Croatia and attend the Vinocom Wine Festival.  Along with filming the harvest, vineyards and wineries from Istria to Peljesac, we spoke with some of the leaders of the Croatian Wine Renaissance … Continue reading

Essential Dalmatia

Friends and guests often ask what I would do on a holiday to Dalmatia – what are the quintessential elements that make Dalmatia unique. My answer –  what is truly special about Dalmatia – is its vibrant lifestyle, the spectacular sailing, the unspoiled … Continue reading

Pirates of the Adriatic

This summer we followed the Pirate routes along the Dalmatian coast – among the inexhaustible inlets of the Pakleni Islands, through the hidden bays of Brac and down among the protected coves of Korcula to the Merchant capital of Dubrovnik. … Continue reading

Day trip to Peljesac

Diana, a guest from San Franciso asked what to see on their drive from Split to Dubrovnik. Regarding stopping on the way to Dubrovnik from Split – absolutely the Peljesac Peninsula is worth a visit. Ston is a medieval town, … Continue reading

Getting around Split & Dubrovnik

Kathy from London asked about what to do on her 5 day visit to Dalmatia. A few days in Dubrovnik, then drive up to Split sounds like a good plan.    There are lots of things to do in between … Continue reading

Private tours from Split area?

Matt from New  York asked about private tours around Split. Here are some ideas for private “tours”. The guides will be directed by your instructions at the time, to be sure that you get to do and see what you … Continue reading

A few days in Split

Barry from Texas asked what to do during their few days in Split. Split is rapidly becoming a trendy place to visit and is a great blend of old and new.  It is easy to sink into the local cafe … Continue reading

Visit to Blaca Monastery

Our long postponed hike to Blaca was worth a thousand times the effort – actually a  lovely 45 minute walk.  This amazing enclave, nestled between the sea and the sky on the hillside of a hidden ravine, was once a … Continue reading

The continent of Brac

Contributed with permission by:  Mila Hvilshøj, journalist, wine connoisseur & sailer. Frequent contributor to Total Split, Taste of Croatia and Lonely Planet research. THE GIANT ISLAND OF BRAČ FLOATS ACROSS THE ADRIATIC WATERS FROM SPLIT.   BEYOND ITS AZURE BAYS … Continue reading

Visit to Peljesac

Peljesac is the Napa Valley of Croatia.  We had a lot of fun and have been really impressed with some of the wineries we visited this winter.   Among those we visited are 3 distinctively different wineries: Milos: Frano Miloš, master … Continue reading

Zagreb Wine Fair 2013

We are setting off next week to meet the vintners and enjoy some good wine, good food and good times with friends in the industry.  The Zagreb Fair has become the place to meet to celebrate the end of  harvest, … Continue reading

Visit to Senjkovic winery on Brac

Harvest at Senjkovic was hard work and lots of fun.  Sasha, the owner and master wine maker, left his Plavac Mali until late this year.  The Shiraz and Cabernet (a new experiment for this young family) was harvested earlier, in September.  We … Continue reading

Harvest on Hvar

We just returned from a fabulous trip to Jelsa on Hvar island, where we filmed the harvest in the fields of Dubokobic and met with Ivo Dubokovic and Andro Tomic, two of the leading vinters on Hvar. The harvest is a … Continue reading