Why Bol (Brač Island) should be on your list of places to visit in Croatia

Bol, on Brač island, is one of our favorite island towns in Croatia.

So what makes Bol so special?

Unlike Hvar town or Korčula town, Bol doesn’t have much in the way of historical attractions. It’s a small and pretty town – but there are lots of small, pretty places in Croatia. What makes Bol special are a couple of Croatia’s most famous natural attractions:

– the beach of Zlatni Rat (the most photographed beach in Croatia)
– the peak of Vidova Gora (the highest peak in the Adriatic Sea) [Read more…]

Split to Makarska by bike. And why Croatia has made me fall in love with biking again

This post won’t interest many readers. But if you’ve ever thought about riding your bike along the beautiful coastline between Split and Makarska then you might find it valuable (I could find absolutely nothing on this ride on the internet).

Last summer we shipped all our belongings from Canada to Croatia, including my 35 year old bike. Since then I’d been looking forward to doing a long distance bike ride. When I mentioned going to Makarska to my friend Vedran he jumped on board with the idea. [Read more…]

Italian City Rumble! Venice, Rome or Bologna – which should you Visit?

Two Italian tourism heavyweights and a city most people associate with lunch meat. But wait, don’t be too quick in dismissing Bologna.

Last year Lissette and I spent 5 weeks based in Italy. Among the cities visited this time around (we’ve been to Italy a few times now) were Venice, Rome and Bologna.  So which city should you visit?
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Time to Rumble – Italian style!

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Photo Essay showing you why you HAVE to visit Makarska (Croatia)

I love the nature in Croatia. But I don’t think any place in Croatia has a natural setting as spectacular as Makarska’s.

I hadn’t expected to explore Makarska. The idea on this day was to cycle from Split to Makarska and back. My friend Vedran decided he wanted to come along. 65 km (and 5 hours later) we found ourselves in Markarska. Then some funny things happened and we ended up spending the night there (I’ll write about that as well as the bike ride in the next post). What it meant was a fantastic afternoon exploring Makarska. [Read more…]

The best of Restaurant Week in Split (Croatia) – October 2017

Restaurant Week is a bi-annual event, not only in Split but in all of Croatia. For this one week, some of the fanciest restaurants in the country offer a 3-course meal for 100 kuna (that’s about $20 Canadian, or $16 USD) per person. It’s a great concept intended to make fine dining available to the local population while also promoting restaurants that would usually only attract well-heeled tourists.

Restaurant Week this Autumn (2017) was held the week of October 13 – 22. There were 9 restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week here in Split. We ended up eating at 4 of them. Restaurant Week introduced us to restaurants we otherwise would never have tried.

Lots of photos of restaurants and food in this post – and a summary of recommendations/tips/thoughts on Restaurant Week at the bottom of this post. [Read more…]

Hiking Vidova Gora from Bol. Brač Island, Croatia

About a year ago I researched and listed Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes. Since then I’ve been working my way through that list. One of the hikes at the top of my list was Vidova Gora on the island of Brač. Why?

1. It is the highest peak in the Adriatic Islands
2. It offers the best views of Zlatni Rat beach – the most famous beach in Croatia.
3. Bol (the town where most people start this hike) is easily accessible from Split (just an hour away by catamaran). [Read more…]

Hiking Mt. Dinara, Croatia’s highest Peak

Mount Dinara is part of the Dinaric Alps (also called the Dinarides), one of the most rugged and extensively mountainous area of Europe that extends over Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. The Dineric Alps are in fact named after Mount Dinara, a huge massif located on the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mount Dinara has two prominent peaks: Troglav (located across the border in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 1913 m high) and Sinjal (or just “Dinara”) which at 1831 m is the highest peak in Croatia. [Read more…]

Memories of Childhood Trips

I was reorganizing our storage space in Split this weekend when I came across a whole bunch of old photo albums. Looking at them, what I found most interesting was going through the trips I had with my parents. Most of them, early on, were to beach locations in New Hampshire (a favorite was Hampton beach. I think it was a favorite of many Quebeckers). In 1974, when I was 8, we moved to Africa for a few years then, later, I lived with my mom in Vancouver and Ottawa. But it wasn’t until my late teens that I really developed a love for travel.

For this post I’ve dug up a few old photos. I’m sure many of you will have a laugh at my expense. Others might find it interesting seeing how certain places looked in the 70’s and 80’s. If you’re a bit older it might bring up some memories of your own. [Read more…]

Guns, Strippers – and other Unusual things to see and do in Prague


I always hear people complain that Prague is too touristy. There’s some truth to that – but most of the “too touristy” problem in Prague is due to tourists going to all of the same (ie. usual) places.

See this post I wrote a few years ago on 50 Things to Do in Prague.

We spent August 2017 in Prague, our 4th time here (Prague is where we come to get our medical/dental stuff done). This time we decided that we’d explore more unusual things, with an emphasis on more ‘doing’ than ‘seeing”. The things we did below were inspired by things we knew existed in Prague but had never tried (the guns and strippers), obscure recommendations from locals we met (the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame, the vineyard in the city, the “jumping elevator”), and from this book highlighting all kinds of off-the-beaten-track sights that even locals don’t know about.

You’ll find sights and activities in this post not covered by any traditional guidebook.
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The colours and churches of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. And thoughts of living there as an Expat.

When planning my trip to Mexico in June my mom had suggested that we visit San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas region. She had good memories from a previous stay and was considering the possibility of making San Cristobal her new base in Mexico.

We flew together (my mom and I – this was our once-a-year-get-together) from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutiérrez. From there it is about an hour’s drive to San Cristobal de las Casas. Having spent the last 3 weeks travelling around Northern and Central Mexico, Chiapas instantly felt very different: the vegetation is green and lush, the towns are smaller and separated by longer distances, and the temperatures – especially driving up the mountains towards San Cristobal – are much cooler. Everything reminded me of the Eje Cafetero in Colombia, the lush and mountainous region where Colombia’s coffee is grown. The similarities aren’t far off – like Eje Cafetero, Chiapas is one of the best coffee growing regions on earth. [Read more…]

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