Zagreb Christmas Market (Croatia)

During the winter holiday season, Europe becomes a popular destination for Christmas markets, which feature hundreds of stalls and stations serving up mulled wine, specialty food items and Christmas decor, usually congregating in parks and city squares.  Vienna and Berlin are the big daddies of the lot, but in 2016 a little-known Balkan city snuck…

Račišće, Korčula Island (Croatia)

I promise – we do not spend all our time on vacation.  Brendan works his tail off at his day job, and my days and weeks are filled so full I rarely have downtime.  So we take advantage of every possible weekend away, especially during the summer months, and especially while we’re only three hours…

Hvar

Not much beats a lunch of espresso and gelato on vacation (the caffeine/sugar combination is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and tide-me-over until a dinner location is decided).  And no destination fulfills the gelato-n-espresso gorging bill better than sunny Hvar, a long, narrow island off the coast of southern Croatia. There are two main ways to…

A Long Weekend in Split

Sometimes you just have to get away.  Sometimes, when you’re living in a foreign country, you have to take advantage of a local holiday weekend and get out there and explore.  And sometimes, you take a road trip to do both. We had an unexpected long weekend and hightailed it to the Croatian coastal town…