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…]

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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Rent our Apartment in Split!

We might have the most unusual apartment in Split.

6 months ago when we decided to make Split our base one of the considerations was being able to rent out our accommodations while we travel. We love Split but we also never want to stop travelling.

We found an apartment we liked and have been fixing it up to our tastes. Part of the process was shipping our furniture from Montreal including many of the things picked up on our travels (which for now we just don’t have the stomach to get rid of). We have cabinets and a library from India, drums and paintings from Africa, a Thai bench, Javanese desks…it’s why I say we may have the most unusual apartment in Split. [Read more…]

Reasons why I don’t visit your blog

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As a blogger I (usually) enjoy reading and commenting on other people’s blogs
. My favorite blogs have a few things in common: they introduce me to new destinations, they are geared to the independent traveller, they’re honest in presenting a true picture of a destination or travel in general. I’m drawn to bloggers who travel full-time or who are expats that have made somewhere else their home (ie. people similar to us). Reading and commenting on other people’s blogs has helped us plan our own travels and has introduced us to other bloggers, some of whom we’ve met and now keep in touch with. In short, interacting with other people’s blogs is part of being in the “blogger community”.
It’s good being part of a community.

But there are blogs that I either won’t visit (I may once, before realizing that your blog’s not for me) or that, with time, I’ll no longer visit.

This post is about the reasons I probably don’t visit your blog. [Read more…]

Lady, can you please shut the F*ck up?

frank on train

Travelling is not always pretty. The worst aspect of travelling for us is dealing with humanity. Case in point: our recent 13 hours getting from Prague to Padova (Italy). Some uncensored thoughts along the way… [Read more…]

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