Southern Europe

Tales, adventures and photography from Southern Europe.
madrid food blog

Madrid is one of my favourite cities in the world. There are so many things that attract me to the city. The casual vibe, friendly, genuine people, vibrant nightlife, great weather, beautiful parks and brilliant public transport all combine to make Madrid a wonderful destination. One of the most appealing

florence historic center

Florence might have a lot of interesting things going on in the modern era, but there’s no doubting that the main draw-card for tourists visiting this Italian city is the history, art and architecture. It was a centre of European trade and finance, birthplace of the Renaissance, and one of

florence duomo baptistery

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower) or the Florence “Duomo” (cathedral) as it is commonly referred to is a Gothic style cathedral that commenced construction in 1296 and was structurally completed in 1436.  The dome is the largest masonry dome ever constructed in the world. The Duomo is part

florence italy street scenes

Florence, the capital of Tuscany attracts tourists from all over the world who wish to experience the treasures that it offers.  In fact between April and October of each year, the number of tourists in Florence outnumbers the local population. Being a very wealthy medieval trading town, birthplace of the Renaissance

castello di gabbiano tuscany

Castello di Gabbiano is a castle and estate located in the Chianti region in central Tuscany.  This part of Italy is where the wine Chianti is produced (a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca).  Staying here overnight was certainly a step up from the usual accommodation that I

Jelsa is a small bay-side town located in the middle of the northern coast of the island of Hvar in Croatia.  The population of Jelsa is only 3,600, but this increases during the summer as tourists visit the town to see what it has to offer.  Despite this, it felt neither touristy

Hvar Fortress is one of the many discoveries to be found in the old town of Hvar, Croatia.  Amazing beaches, great food and a vibrant night life being amongst the others. The Cathedral of St Stephen, at the end of the central square of Hvar (the Pjaca), is a Gothic cathedral dating back to the 14th

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