Naked Germans and Such

So it seems that Germans (and Europeans in general) are more comfortable with their bodies than us Americans. I make that assumption based on the observations I've made on the beaches and surrounding waters in and around our home in Croatia. And it's not Croatians for the most part, but rather the German tourists who …

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Celebrating Birthdays and Playing Mafia

"The city is sleeping," said the young Russian boy.  We all closed our eyes. As I sat around the beach blanket with six children from Russia, Italy and Croatia still dripping from the salty Adriatic Sea and playing the card game Mafia, I wondered, how did I get here? We had just been swimming off …

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Trieste: A City of Laurels and Inspiration

  Some friends and I visited the beautiful sea port city of Trieste in Italy yesterday, just a short ride from our home in the Istrian part of Croatia. As rustically charming as Istria is with its tiny hilltop stone villages and ubiquitous olive groves and vineyards, Trieste is charming in a whole different way. …

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The Journey back ….it’s the little things

Just returned from a day sailing trip to Premantura with Mike. The day has been cool and sunny but an unexpected rainstorm has us tucked inside our new boat Rita. We just got back to Croatia last Friday night from New Orleans, dropped off all but one of our suitcases and hightailed it to our …

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The Beauty of Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

It's not everyday that you are able to visit a church that opened in 553 AD and then, on top of that, are astounded by the artistic talent you see inside.  That's just what happened last weekend when we visited the Euphrasian Basilica (also known as the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary) in …

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On Pašte and Patience

What a difference a week makes! School started this week in Pula, the tourist crowd is dwindling down to a enjoyable amount, and there is a hint of autumn in the air with the temperatures hovering in the mid-to-high 70s.  The rocky beaches that were swarming with people from all over Europe are now dotted …

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Trading Beautiful for Beautiful

It's May 12th and we are on our way to Bologna, Italy by car from Croatia. It's a symphony of red poppies as they are blooming everywhere along the roadside in our new hometown of Pula.  I've never seen red poppies blooming outside of photographs, and the landscape doesn't seem quite real dotted with these …

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Many times when we are traveling we have expectations of what we want to see and do and how to pack the most into the little time we do have. We sometimes deviate, but it's hard to do if you've set an itinerary in stone. Planning is good, but a little spontaneity can give us …

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A Walk on the Wild (Asparagus) Side

A few weeks ago Carolyn and I were wandering off in the woods of the Soline Forest again near Pula and ran smack into a little boy of about 6 years-old and his mom.  The boy ran right up to us and proclaimed something excitedly in Croatian and showed us a fist full of a …

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