Stari Grad, Croatia – What to Know Before You Go

A month ago what I knew about the island of Hvar could fit into a rakija shot glass. Hoards of revelers ferry here in July and August to party, dance, see and, mostly, be in scene. Celebrities from Beyonce to Ellen and Portia have been spotted here. The largest city, Hvar Town, is Croatia’s epicenter … More Stari Grad, Croatia – What to Know Before You Go

What’s It Like to Harvest Olives on a Croatian Island?

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?

7 Things to Know Before You Go to Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Since being named as 2019 European Capital of Culture by the EU Commission, (along with Matera in southern Italy,) Bulgaria’s most famously historic city is undergoing a mighty-scale spruce-up. An optimistic mood, coupled with renovation and re-invention projects, make this a great time for visitors to experience Plovdiv. Here’s what you should know: The city … More 7 Things to Know Before You Go to Plovdiv, Bulgaria

What’s It Like to Hike the Seven Lakes of Rila National Park in Bulgaria?

Borovets, Bulgaria – August 2016 What’s it like to hike the Seven Lakes of Rila National Park in Bulgaria? In a word, “stunning.” A few factors brought us to Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains. First was Udaya Entertainment‘s music & yoga festival, but a stronger motivation was a hike we heard about from a friend. The trek to … More What’s It Like to Hike the Seven Lakes of Rila National Park in Bulgaria?

Here’s Why You Should Visit Rovinj, Croatia, and Soon.

May, 2016 – Rovinj, Croatia Six years ago, with a dream of floating down the Adriatic, we boarded a ferry from Trieste headed for the Istrian peninsula. That particular boat’s destination, Rovinj, was chosen simply because it was the right route at the right time. Our collective knowledge of what lay ahead equaled just about … More Here’s Why You Should Visit Rovinj, Croatia, and Soon.