I love Split! It’s a remarkable city with a vibrant life, a rich history and a very welcoming atmosphere. A typical Mediterranean town with an idyllic seaside promenade, swaying palm trees and a colorful harbor. Aside from the unsophisticated urban neighborhoods built during communism, Split managed to preserve its historical aspect quite well. But what fascinated me about this city wasn’t just its rich history or beautiful location, near the deep blue waters of the Adriatic. Split was built on the remains of a 4th-century fortress – Emperor Diocletian’s Palace – whose massive walls surround a mesh of Roman ruins, hotels, apartments, shops, cafés and restaurants, and even an ancient cathedral. Observing the dynamic life that has been happening within these ancient walls for almost 1700 years is simply amazing! Continue Reading
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Roy Stevenson, an internationally acclaimed travel writer and popular speaker at travel writing conferences. A former physical education teacher and personal…
Slovenia’s capital –Ljubljana– is one of the friendliest cities I ever visited. Unlike other European capitals, Ljubljana is small and easy to walk. It’s also cute and very colorful. Strolling the old town Ljubljana after dark makes me feel like I am in an amusement park: there is music and lights and joyous crowds everywhere. This is not a city where the locals retreat to their homes after dark. The town comes to life in the evening when groups of young people walk along the Canal or gather for drinks and food at one of the sidewalk cafés, bars or restaurants.
In Ljubljana people love to sit outside and socialize even in the winter, when the weather is cold. They just gather around a table and drink the seasonal ‘mulled wine’. Continue Reading
If you ever travel on Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and Glendale after dark, you may be seeing a beautifully lit cross that seems to be hanging from the sky, totally suspended in the air. The cross actually tops the Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection, an impressive building that is part of the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale. The massive structure is home to the largest framed canvas painting in the world, bearing the same name –The Crucifixion– the masterpiece of Polish painter Jan Styka. The painting measures 195′ in length and 45′ in hight, which is about the width of a four-lane highway. Continue Reading
Ah, Montenegro! This incredibly beautiful country in Southeastern Europe that has been overlooked by mainstream travelers for so many years! A remnant of the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro emerged as an independent state only in 2006, when it separated itself from the former Union of Serbia and Montenegro. But in more recent years, thanks to the new European cruise ship routes, Montenegro’s gorgeous scenery and old-world charm is no longer a secret. With its 300 kilometers of unspoiled coastline and rugged mountains plunging into the sea, Montenegro coast is now the place to go on the Adriatic. At a fraction of the cost of Italy, France or even its neighboring Croatia, no wonder Montenegro is quickly becoming the 21st century Riviera. Although a small country, Montenegro is packed with dramatic landscapes, medieval walled cities and quaint fishing towns. Here are the best places to visit on the Montenegro coast: Continue Reading