Croatian Kindness

Properly speaking this blog entry should be called Croatian and Montenegrin kindness for we have been showered with good will in both countries. I was simply looking for an alliterative title. Croatia and Montenegro are undoubtably filled with areas of great natural beauty. Cities walled by ancient fortifications are filled with historical buildings and artifacts.…

A Day of Mestrovic

Zagreb has that certain something something. An intangible vibe that the French people vaguely term Je Nes Sais Quoi. Is it the blue trams, the gorgeous people, the public art work, the historical buildings? Or is it all these things and more that had me saying ‘Wow, we are in Zagreb’ on our initial arrival…

Budva and Back

Time tumbles by like a boulder crashing down the precipitous slopes of the mountain sides ringing Kotor. Mere mortals are left crushed in it’s wake in their feeble attempts to divert generated inexorable momentum. No sooner are we acclimatised to the beauty of our surroundings we are moving on. No gathering of moss allowed despite…

Ostrog Monastery

Two days in a row with our day’s activity planned. We are shooting for the record. Our planned destination, Ostrog Monastery which is vertically recessed into the rock of the Ostrog Cliffs 900 meters above the Zeta valley. According to the lonely planet website Ostrog Monastery is one of the three most visited Christian destinations…

Hiking with Rino

Lou Reed – born March 2 1942 passed away October 27 2013 The gritty humour, candid worldly observation and often brutal honesty embedded in his verse combined with his zero-tolerance-for-bullshit, flat, gravel voiced, deadpan delivery and guitar mastery formed the core of the musical backdrop of my adult life. The world is left the lesser…

Castle of San Giovanni

Bare stone surfaces of the surrounding mountains provide excellent acoustic sound boards for the frequent fireworks explosions that resonate all through the night. Pam is woken frequently, I sleep like a snoring log. When I wake in the morning sporadic explosions are still occurring and a layer of smoke from wood cooking fires and fireworks…

Our bonus Christmas Eve

The constantly gathering cloud cover of the previous day solidifies during the night. We wake to the sound of waterfalls coursing the stone stairs outside our apartment once more. The glory of our climb to the sky tides over into our last full day in Dubrovnik. Despite our inactivity we are at peace. Having had…