Amanda living large! Sounds like a perfect spot for both people-watching (one of my favorite pastimes) and for a bit of snorkeling in the clear, turquoise waters of the Adriatic!
Following our busy days travelling around Slovenia and Croatia, we opted for two nights of relaxation on the Dalmation island of Hvar. We arrived in the mid afternoon, after wrapping up our day on the Blue Cave tour, and started the trek upward to find our Airbnb apartment. This apartment is probably the best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone staying on Hvar, as long as you don’t have an issue climbing the stairs from town. (If you haven’t used Airbnb yet, here’s a discount code for your first rental)
After soaking up the views from our terrace, we wandered to the smallest micro (nano?) brewery I’ve ever been to, Vunetovo Brewery. The beer was pretty tasty, it was an adventure to find, you are literally drinking beer in the brewer’s back garden! (And she brought us cakes to eat with the…
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Split was initially included in our Slovenia and Croatia itinerary out of convenience. It’s the main transit point for ferries from the mainland to the islands and is a bustling city and port. But it’s also worth visiting in it’s own right. The ‘old town’ of the city is built within an ancient palace, Diocletian (the Roman emperor)’s retirement palace to be exact. The remains of the palace are full of ancient temples, tiny streets, hidden shops and restaurants and miniscule bars.
The waterfront is lively as well, with bars and restaurants lining the waterfront and boats hawking day trips to the many visible off shore. We had an awesome dinner at Bokeria, on the recommendation of Erin @ Oregon Girl Around the World. The food and wine were delicious, and the décor was fun as well. We followed that with a drink at Luxor, where you can…
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I can’t wait to experience Plitvice, one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks and a UNESCO world heritage site!
Plitvice Lakes are on pretty much every traveller’s Pinterest board, and top the lists of most beautiful places in Europe. They were one of our top reasons for wanting to go to Croatia, and they didn’t disappoint.
From Ljubljana, we caught a train to Zagreb, where we whiled away an afternoon before picking up a hire car and driving to our bed and breakfast just outside the national park. Zagreb is an interesting city, less touristy than Split or Dubrovnik but with enough sights to keep us entertained for a day. We walked through the main square, and paid a small fee for an elevator to take us to a roof level cafe overlooking the city.
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I love my friends and family, but sometimes they don't make it easy. You share your dream of living abroad and their first response is, "Why would you want to do that? Aren't you afraid of being a victim of violence?" Many of you have similar stories. It is quite common. Let's set the record …
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A couple of days ago, at the Annual Bloggers Bash in London, during my Q&A, I got asked about the difference between “Press This” and “Reblog”. Here a more extensive answer.
Press This provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog. It works with WordPress.com sites and self-hosted WordPress sites.
Press This is a bookmarklet, a special piece of code, that is saved as a favorite in you browser’s bookmarks bar and allow to perform a quick action, with just a click.
Reblog is a special feature of WordPress.com. Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users on your own blog. To reblog a post, click…
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It is posts like this that keep Valencia on my short list for an extended stay in Spain next year! Fresh and boundary-pushing takes on traditional Galician dishes! We love spicy food so this one is intriguing. Gorgeous photography, Julia! Let’s do this!
Few things make me happier than finding a new place to enjoy fresh, creative seafood. That’s why I’m so thrilled that Michelin-starred Chef Pepe Solla has selected Valencia for his latest venture, a beautifully designed restaurant showcasing Galician cuisine. When we saw Atlántico Casa de Petiscos opening in Valencia this February, I rushed to read about it and was immediately excited to give it a try.
Pepe Solla grew up in his family’s restaurant Casa Solla in Pontevedra, Galicia. One of the oldest restaurants in Spain, Casa Solla has maintained a Michelin star since 1980. Pepe Solla eventually took over the kitchen at Casa Solla. Just a few years ago, Solla opened two casual restaurants under the name Atlántico in Madrid. Atlántico Casa de Comidas first opened in 2015 serving traditional Galician food. Atlántico Casa de Petiscos opened a year later in Madrid.
Petiscos means “snacks” and the concept is perfect for…
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I’ll be honest-I hadn’t heard of Ljubljana until I started researching our Croatia trip and decided to start it in Slovenia, but I’m so glad we spent a few days here soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the city.
It seems like the cafes along the river through Ljubljana are always full and you’re really spoilt for choice with bars, cafes and ice cream stands with seats overlooking the water on either side. Our hotel was right by the river and we enjoyed sitting outside with a drink and doing a bit of people watching. We also enjoyed people watching from above, as our hotelm Vander Urbani Resort, had a rooftop infinity pool. (It was a bit of a birthday treat).
We toured Ljubljana castle as well, which involves taking a funicular up to scenic views of the city. Though the castle is more for public functions and restaurants, you can…
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