Sometimes small words conjure oversize magic. When our friend Massimo asked if we would like to help with olive harvest on Hvar island’s #UNESCO-recognized Stari Grad Plain, we said, “Uhm, yes,” and soon found ourselves in a field belonging to the Stancic family. Huddled with sons, cousins, neighbors, friends – and us newbies – the … More What’s It Like to Harvest Olives on a Croatian Island?
Post update: Due to the complicated nature of attempting to simplify our lives, we are flying back to the U.S. to sell our house. Rather adult of us, right? Thankfully, our Rovinj immersion resumes later this month. April 2016 – Rovinj, Croatia We seem to be obsessing about real estate these days. We are in the … More What It’s Like to Spend Six Weeks in Rovinj, Croatia
In many ways Rijeka reminds us of our hometown of Birmingham, AL. No the latter doesn’t have historic castles or a gorgeous sea view, but both cities are undergoing sweeping reinvention, using the bones of an industrial past to create exciting new public spaces. Here’s my latest for Paste Travel, hope you enjoy. If you … More Checklist Rijeka for Paste Travel
One of the best perks of writing is getting to relive experiences and share a few favorites with friends. It was all smiles when creating this Checklist for Paste Travel of happening spots and activities in lovely Budva, Montenegro. Checklist: Budva, Montenegro By Jess Simpson | December 14, 2015 | 1:30pm Medieval town walls … More Checklist: Budva for Paste Magazine
Thinking about taking an overnight ferry during your travels? We’ve boarded two recently – one an eight-hour party cruise in the height of tourist season from Ancona, Italy to Zadar, Croatia, and another 20 (yep, t-w-e-n-t-y)-hour float in off-season from Durres, Albania back to Italia. *Here are a few tricks we’ve learned along the way: … More Simple Six – Travel by Overnight Ferry