Despite its remarkable beauty and cultural diversity, the Balkan Peninsula remained for a long time a relatively unexplored region of Europe. After Communism disintegrated in Eastern Europe people began flocking to the sunny beaches of the Dalmatian Coast. It didn’t take the world travelers long to discover  the area’s abundance of breath-taking coastlines, dazzling landscapes, beautiful architecture and rich history.  Soon countries like, Read More

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This year’s  unusually wet winter has been a curse in many parts of the United States, but not in California. After years of drought, California’s usually lifeless and arid-looking desert has been magically transformed into a stunning landscape of colorful wildflowers. This extraordinary desert ‘super bloom’  is something quite rare in this barren area. Most of the time, California doesn’t get enough, Read More

Living in Southern California means being part of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cultural landscapes. From visual arts, home decor and fashion, to music festivals, opera and jazz, you get a wide variety of events that can keep you busy year round. Among these cultural events there is one that often passes unnoticed, despite its 85 years, Read More

The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is an annual tradition in Pasadena, California,  that takes place every year on New Year’s day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.) The event was started in 1890 by members of the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club, Read More

I felt punished when I pulled up the curtains that morning. “Damn this weather! When does it get cold in California, if not in February?” I asked rhetorically. Although a snow storm was in the forecast, it had been nothing but rain for the past four days. The thick blanket of snow that was covering the streets of Lake, Read More

I have a love affair with Kauai. Of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is arguably the most diverse: white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, friendly rivers, rugged coasts, breathtaking canyons and beautiful waterfalls. Although each island in the chain has its own unique charm, if you like all things green, flowers and seclusion and love to hike, you are going to fall, Read More

San Simeon has gained its reputation for being home to the flamboyant Hearst Castle, but not many people know that its beach is also home to a big elephant seal colony. Until 1990, only under two dozen elephant seals could be seen here, but then something very strange happened. The next spring, over 400 seals showed up on the, Read More

Solvang simply stole my heart with its European-style windmills, flower-lined streets and Danish architecture. The first time I visited the village I remember feeling like I was walking in one of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. Half timbered buildings, horse-drawn wagons, storks on the rooftops, clogs and Danish bonnets in the windows, everything was reminiscent of the, Read More

Celebrities, beaches, wine, red tiles and beautiful gardens are just some of the things that made the relaxed town of Santa Barbara famous. Most visitors coming to Santa Barbara spend their time near the fancy boutiques and restaurants along State Street. But there is a lot more to this beautiful coastal town nestled in the slopes of the Santa, Read More