Trg Republike at dusk, Split, Croatia

Trg Republike, Split, Croatia (Pic du Jour)

A quiet moment on this large square surrounded on three sides by attractive neo-Renaissance buildings known as the Prokurative. With a population nearing 200,000 –its metropolitan area is home to about 350,000– Split is the largest city on the Dalmatian coast and the second-largest city in Croatia. Split, Croatia, 12-Feb-2008

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Motovun, Croatia

Istria, Inland – Pic du Jour

View east towards the Mirna River valley from the hilltop village of Motovun on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. Here’s a post about this fabulous village of about 500 from the fall of 2008.

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Croats vote for EU accession – euro | topics

Croats vote to join the EU, but the romance is long gone. A quick rundown of some press reaction is here, via eurotopics: Croats vote for EU accession.

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Cablegate in the Balkans – And the winner is:

Croatia, apparently. [NOTE: New link to cablegate site is http://213.251.145.96/cablegate.html ] Of the 251,287 secret US Embassy cables which Wikileaks began making public yesterday, 2,053 relate to Croatia, according to the ‘Cables by Country‘ graphic on Wikileaks Cablegate website. Bosnia & Hercegovina is next at 1,419, followed by Serbia & …

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No more free wifi at Zagreb Airport.

Just thought someone, somewhere, might find that tidbit useful.

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Susak Notebook

Dolphins as PR/tourism icon are everywhere in Mali Lošinj. So it made my day to see a school of 10 or so during a relatively brief boat ride to Susak, a small island about 10 nautical miles southwest of Mali Lošinj. Only about 200 people live on the island year …

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May pic(k)s

This is the Pula Arena (or amphitheatre, or coliseum), in the Istrian city of Pula, Croatia. Built in the 1st C. AD, it’s the sixth largest of 200 surviving Roman arenas. The last time I visited here was 32 years ago. Well maintained these days, at its peak it was …

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35 second Hotel Apoksiomen (Mali Lošinj) Advisor

Hotel Apoksiomen Riva Lošinjsih Kapetana I 51550 Mali Lošinj, Croatia Visited 5-9 May 09 Very nicely done. Casual semi-statelyiness. Friendly, pleasant staff, night and day. It’s named after a 2nd or 1st C. BC bronze statue found between the islands of Lošinj and Veli Orjuli where he rested beneath the …

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Lošinj notebook

The Croatian island of Lošinj is the northernmost area of Europe where lemons grow. That tidbit tells you quite a bit about what to expect from this northern Adriatic island in the Kvarner Gulf. The island’s 33km long, but for all intents and purposes, considerably longer given its close relationship …

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Corruption in Croatia

It’s not very new, but surely, this deserves a few more views, no? Via a BBC story today on corruption and organized crime in Croatia comes this youtube vid (in Croatian) of Josip Matanović, a former VP of Croatia’s Privatization Fund (CPF), accepting a big ole envelope of cash. Can …

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