It looks like this summer everybody I know is going to Croatia. This includes my sister, who should be crossing the Croatian border as I write these words, my friend, who is taking her kids on a Game of Thrones Tour along the Dalmatian coast, and then in September, my husband and I will be spending a week in Istria, just the two of us! I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Since the end of the Serbo-Croatian War, Croatia has become an attractive touristic destination with a reputation of being one of the most romantic getaways in Europe. This is not surprising: with more than a thousand islands and a 3,600 miles of coastline, Croatia is full of natural and historic wonders including Roman ruins, Byzantine mosaics, Venetian towns, and a picturesque hilly interior covered with olive groves, vineyards, and medieval villages. Now if you need help organizing your Croatian Holiday, we recommend Adventures Croatia. They have a team of knowledgeable travel consultants that can assist you with your itinerary. They’re particularly specialized in designing tours for honeymooners as well as couples seeking a romantic getaway. They will partner with you to design a great travel adventure based on your … Continue reading Croatian Holiday with Adventures Croatia
Typical Karst village and vineyard in Slovenia. I’ve spent the past 12 years exploring many of the former Yugoslav countries. And while many people are still trying to figure out where all these “new” countries are, I am already looking past the borders and delving into the diversity and unique qualities of specific regions. So welcome to the Karst, one of my long time favorites. It’s a captivating place filled with limestone caves, hidden castles & hill top villages, wind ripened prosciutto and the bold flavor of Teran wine (AKA Refošk). The Karst is located in the south western part of Slovenia, close by the Adriatic coast and just an hour south of the majestic Julian Alps A one hour drive from the capital city of Ljubljana and travelers will find the backroads all to themselves. It’s wonderful to find a place that has such a strong tourist infrastructure yet remains decidedly un-touristy. The regional tourism board has a helpful list of agrotourisms (offering both lodging and mouthwatering dinners) along with wineries, honey producers and prosciutto cellars that will keep stomachs full in this blissful place. The landscape is dotted with “gostilnas”, local eateries that serve up generous portions of … Continue reading Roads Less Traveled Tours
a guided tour through Slovenia’s wine regions – Vipava Valley This blog entry is a shameless plug for a guided tour through Slovenia’s wine regions, commencing on October 10 to 18 or on a second date, November 7 to 15, 2008. Insider’s Slovenia If you have never been to Slovenia this is your chance to visit her vineyards in style. Just take a look at this gorgeous brochure and you’ll see that Slovenia could be considered the Promised Land – if not of milk and honey then of excellent wine and gourmet food. This tour is not cheap but worth it if you can shell out $7,380 PLUS airfare. At least you don’t have to bring some change to buy a glass of wine. Enjoy your trip! Let me just add that I had the good fortune to travel through Slovenia’s wine country with Emil Gaspari, our importer friend and owner of Slovenian Premium Wines. Emil knows and loves his home country and he was a superb guide to the estates of his portfolio. What a pleasant and informative way to get to know the wine makers and their terroir.