Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

I’ll usually do a post on a city and at the bottom mention where we stayed. This time I’ll do it the other way around. Because how we felt about Rovinj was totally eclipsed by the incredible, fantastic, amazing and extraordinary Croatian family that hosted us.  I’ve never done a post uniquely addressing a place of accommodation so this is a first.

We stayed a total of 5 weeks in Marina’s apartment. On the first day we were treated to a full meal (made by Marina) served to us on our balcony. She’s a professional chef by the way. As we would find out, nothing you eat in Rovinj will compare to her cooking. Throughout our stay there were surprises: strawberries or salad left at our door, home-made crepes with (of course) home-made jam, home-made cakes, a large fish platter, seafood soup, a spinach dish, risotto…I could go on and on with all the food she plied us with over 5 weeks. [Read more...]

How Pula’s Amphitheatre stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

How Pula Arena stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

If you research the most famous Roman Arenas in the world you’ll usually find these four on the top of most lists: The Colosseum in Rome, the Amphitheatre of El Djem in Tunisia (where ‘Gladiator’ was filmed), the Arena in Verona…and the Amphitheatre in Pula.

We’ve been lucky enough to see 3 of the above over the last month (El Djem being the one we haven’t seen) and it’s interesting how each is different. Before I compare them, a few notes on the Amphitheatre in Pula: [Read more...]

Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes

Croatia's 10 Best Hikes

Two countries have stood out for me after 2 years of full-time travel: South Africa and Croatia. What do they have in common? Rugged mountains, beautiful coastlines…and incredibly scenic hikes.

We spent 3 months in Croatia last year, staying in Airbnb apartments as we covered most of this country. Looking for something more luxurious? Well, how about renting a villa? I’ve teamed up with Villa Plus on this post to share my list of 10 of the Best Hikes in Croatia, a topic close to my heart. [Read more...]

A year of Airbnb apartments (July 2014 – July 2015)

A year of Airbnb

We had never used Airbnb before last summer. Move the clock forward and we’ve stayed 196 nights of the past year in a total of 15 Airbnb apartments. I don’t know how we would travel the way we do without Airbnb.

In this post I’ll feature our favorite Airbnb apartment stays over the past year [Read more...]

Why “Feel good” quotes represent everything that’s wrong with the world.

Why “Feel good” quotes  represent everything that’s wrong with the world

Uck. I hate feel good quotes. Hate is a pretty strong word.  I was reminded of how intense my feelings are towards them when we recently stayed in an Airbnb apartment in Zagreb literally jam-packed with saccharine sweet slogans and sayings. A few photos from the apartment. [Read more...]

Zagreb: Scams, graffiti, and pleasant surprises

Zagreb. Scams, graffiti and pleasant surprises

Zagreb. For me, the name evokes images of depressingly grey Russian-style apartment blocks and big guys named Igor. Our first impressions arriving in Zagreb didn’t dissuade from those preconceptions. We waited an hour at the bus station for our Airbnb host (in what ended up being a miscommunication about meeting points). Bus [Read more...]

Plitvice Lakes: Impressions, Tips and Regrets

Plitvice Lakes Impressions, Tips and Regrets

I read a lot of blogs and they always help me in planning what to see and how much time to spend somewhere. I wish I hadn’t read anything on Croatia’s famous Plitvice Lakes, because the National Park in our opinion really requires more than the one night stay/ half day excursion that most bloggers suggest. But maybe that’s because we’re old and no longer enjoy rushing through things :) . [Read more...]

Why Zadar is worth a (short) visit

Why Zadar is worth a (short) visit

We liked Zadar and are happy we saw it. Were we blown away? No. I’ll explain why.

Zadar was the first stop in our 2 week trek north and it didn’t get off on good start. The bus station is slightly outside the center and requires taking a taxi into the old town.  The taxi driver quoted us 90 Kunas “50 for you and 40 for your bags” which seemed a bit high (although we did have a lot of bags). I didn’t like it. Would he charge us more of we were fat or less if we were skinny? He came down to 80, then 70 (about $12 CAD). He  wouldn’t go lower. [Read more...]

Photo Essay – Split at night

Photo Essay - Split at night

The best time to walk around Split is at night. One of the first things that struck us about Split was the whiteness of everything. The limestone pavement (which looks like marble) was the original pavement put down by the Romans about 1700 years ago. The white walls of the Old town were shipped from the nearby island of Brač. White columns made of marble adorn Diocletian’s Palace. At night the smooth whiteness reflects the lights of the old town, making Split one of the most romantic spots you’ll see anywhere.   [Read more...]

Reasons we love Split. And why it is the perfect base for an extended stay in Croatia.

Reasons we love Split. And why it is the perfect base for an extended stay in Croatia 875

Our 2 month stay in Split has been the highlight of our first year of travel. For slow travellers like us, it has been a perfect base.

This post recounts our stay in Split and covers all our favorite things about the city: sights and activities, our favorite restaurants, and a few stories of the people we met along the way. I’ve included lots of photos to show you what a special place Split is. [Read more...]