Europe

Tales, adventures and photography from Europe.

Hvar is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, just off the Dalmatian coast.  Hvar is also the name of the largest city on the island. Home to 4,200 permanent residents, the population of Hvar increases significantly during the summer as it is a very popular tourist destination full of hotels, restaurants, bars

Diocletian’s Palace in Split was built between the late 3rd and early 4th centuries AD.  It consists of several structures, all of which form part of a UNESCO heritage protected area.  The Palace is very important to Croatia from a historical point of view, and depicted on the reverse of

Split, as I have written about in previous posts, is a truly beautiful city – one of the best in Croatia.  It has the warm Mediterranean climate, the blue water and beaches, the stunning old town and a great vibe about it.  There is however, a Split beyond the beauty. It

Downton Abbey, the hugely popular ITV British period drama is set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate called Downton Abbey.  The real Downton Abbey is actually Highclere Castle in Hampshire, which is where exterior shots of the Abbey and most of the interior shots are filmed. I visited Highclere Castle

The food in Split is amazing. Mediterranean dishes, with a focus on fresh, seasonal, local ingredients is what you can expect when you visit. Throughout my time in Split, the one common theme was on simplicity, and letting the ingredients really shine through. The only seasoning in many instances was

Split is a town that I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.  I never had any real great desire to visit Croatia, however my fiancée’s grandmother is from Split and it’s one of her favourite cities.  I’m always up for a new adventure, even to somewhere I’ve never given much attention to visiting, so off we

Throughout my travels, one thing that I have noticed is the number of people who choose to eat at sub-par establishments.  All over the world, there are countless cafes and restaurants located in prime tourist areas.  While you can, indeed, find some gems in these areas, more often than not

My adventure started with a wet, cold and windy arrival late at night in Zagreb Croatia in July 2011. On the way into the city centre from the airport, we received a crash course on outer Zagreb apartment and retail projects from a very friendly, enthusiastic taxi driver. My fiancée’s

There’s really not much that I can say about Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp that hasn’t been said before. From early 1942 to late 1944, 1.3 million people (90% of whom were Jews) were killed here. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp is an absolutely shocking place, and you can’t help but be affected by it.

On my second day in Krakow, I visited Wawel Castle, before walking over to the old Jewish quarter. Wawel Castle was built in the 13th century and over the following centuries, was expanded upon. The original building is Gothic in style. It has been used for a variety of purposes,