25 Minutes in Vodnjan, Croatia

National Square (Narodni Trg), Vodnjan, Croatia

“I like returning,” a local said, “but I can’t stay more than four days. After that the negative energy really bares down on me. It’s not good.” A brief report.

Storm Clouds, Groznjan

Storm clouds circling the Istrian hilltop town of Groznjan in northwestern Croatia. They circled right on by, too.   ~~ Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,264th (!) straight, was snapped on 20 June 2016, one year ago today.   Share!  

Istria, Inland – Pic du Jour

Motovun, Croatia

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.

Cablegate in the Balkans – And the winner is:

Croatia, apparently. [NOTE: New link to cablegate site is ] 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 & Montenegro, with 1,244. Slovenia comes… Continue reading Cablegate in the Balkans – And the winner is:

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 round. It’s a quiet place,… Continue reading Susak Notebook

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 with it’s northern sister Cres,… Continue reading Lošinj notebook