Sailing in the Adriatic (Part Three): Mediterranean-Style Mooring & Revisiting Telašćica Park

(This is the third post on our sailing adventure from Pula to Kornati, Krka and Telašćica National Parks in late June 2020 after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in Croatia. It focuses on the challenges of mooring, the interesting town of Veli Iz on the beautiful island of Iz and the Telašćica National Park.)  Mooring in …

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Sailing in the Adriatic (Part Two): Zapuntel and the island of Molat

As we made our way southward down the Adriatic in late June of 2020 on our second sailing journey of the year, we passed so many beautiful islands that I stopped counting. Seriously, there are hundreds of them (the truer number is over 1,000), and it's impossible to see them all. But we could try. …

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Strange Noises in the Night, Submarine Hideouts and Plumbing Problems

(This post is Part Five of the series: Heading Out to Sea after the Coronavirus in Croatia, focusing on our first sailing journey to the islands in the Adriatic after restrictions let up in Croatia.) Sailing Onward Down Dugi Otok After we returned to our boat from buying olive oil in Zverinac (see The Voyage Continues …

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The Travelers

On my recent trip to Venice in late July I stumbled upon an art gallery as a friend and I were waiting in the rain to gain entrance into the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. We had not brought umbrellas and thought the wait to enter the museum would be short. It wasn't. We were wet. My …

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Venice After the Time of the Coronavirus

I'm both teary-eyed and giddy after returning from a trip to Venice last night. Those of you who have visited this timeless place know of its charms, but these feelings snuck up on me as I returned for the third time.  Although I was truly enamored with the city the first two times (How can …

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A Tale of Two Cities: Hallstatt’s Doppelgänger (and Instagram) Creates Problems for Residents

About five hours away from our apartment in Pula is a small Austrian town called Hallstatt that you may or may not have heard of. But even if you haven't ( Okay, I admit, I hadn't heard of it) there are many, many people around the world who have. The village has a tiny population …

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mom’s 8Oth Birthday and The True Meaning of Celebrations Eighty Years LovedBirthdays are important events marking the ages and stages of our lives, but when you reach the beginning of your ninth decade on this planet, it truly is something to celebrate. I knew my mom was approaching her 80th birthday when we left the …

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Winter is Coming

Autumn Fare, A New Language, New FriendsThere is something so beautiful about passing by a centuries old olive grove bathed in the waning sunlight of autumn. The glow that casts a spotlight on a centuries old olive tree seems to light a fire inside my soul and make me realize that our time here on …

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Thankful

Over the River and Through The WoodThe orange, yellow and red leaves swirled along the road to the small village of Juršići in Croatia as the sharp crisp, windy air of November and glowing sunshine of autumn announced this was going to be a day to remember. Inside the tiny European car my husband Mike …

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Rudolf the Red Nose Entree and Crayfish in Finland

In wandering around in a grocery store in Helsinki and in talking with our Finnish ambassador in the sauna (see previous post about Finland's sauna culture), we found out some very interesting things about the Finnish cuisine. Mainly the biggest difference between us (in Southern Louisiana) and them is that they eat reindeers. And moose. …

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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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Finding Jemina in Helsinki and Meeting the Finnish Ambassador in the Sauna

A Needle in A Haystack Our visit to Helsinki started slowly last week as we had a hard time getting acclimated. Mike wasn’t feeling well and I was tired because of pre-trip insomnia, as I tend not to sleep the day before we go on a trip out of nervousness and anticipation. We got to …

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