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mosaic road
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You neve know what you are gonna get....till you get inside !! Case in point, take Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Our Air BnB is in a crumbling sort of splendour street, a very gritty post WW 2 style of architecture. The facades of most of the buildings are a jumble of graffitied walls, peeling paint and run down rusty downpipes. So after arriving at the very scruffy chipped brown door and lugging the luggage up too many flights of stairs we were confronted with pristine black and white tiles and fabulous 21st century furnishings. A lovely surprise ! The cold... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at mosaic road
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Well I have been on the Dalmatian Coast for nearly three weeks now and have not "spotted" a single Dalmatian dog, let alone 101 !!! I have seen lots of sweet dogs of varying styles and breeds with barely a spot between them and luckily patted many. The Dalmatian dog did actually hale from these parts. It's roots can be traced back to Croatia and it featured in artwork from as early as 1600. The words Canus Dalmaticus have been discovered in church chronicles from as early as 1719. Probably city and apartment living may be the reason for the... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at mosaic road
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The Plitvice lake water is so clear and the fish were basking in the summer sun !! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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There are sixteen cascading lakes and over ninety waterfalls equalling exquisite natural beauty Over 1.1 million visitors each year get to see this National park in all its glory. Calcium carbonate from limestone rocks makes the water take on a shimmering turquoise hue Legends abound about the lakes including stories about queens and mystery ladies and wise old monks The bones of an extinct Pleistocene Cave Bear were found inside one of the caves here Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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The Plitvice Lakes National Park , with its 16 crystalline lakes, is an unmissable day trip, best from either Zadar or Zabgreb . We went by mini bus on a small group tour. We were warned not to stray as brown bears live in this park and warned not to swim as there might be reptiles lurking. I saw dogs on leads and many trout but no bear sightings !! The whole park is well organised and the 8 km walking through takes place on rustic wooden planks or duckboards. We got ushered on and off electric boats - no... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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The warm balmy evenings in Croatia mean the cafes are full, the alleys crowded and the towns are full of life. Zadar on the Adriatic coast is such a place. Tourists and locals spill into the old cobbled squares, promenading, eating gelato and enjoying themselves. I came across this jazz band set up last night entertaining all the outside diners and passers by in one of the big open plazas. Cafes with pretty terraces line three sides so this free al fresco concert was enjoyed by many people as they quaffed local wines accompanying fresh seafood and homemade cevapi. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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No matter which country I am in, I try to visit the local market and it never disappoints. There is always colour and action and fun, and that's just the stallholders . As for the produce yesterday, it was gorgeous, with quality second to none and interesting too. The cherries were a tiny variety and had all been de-stemmed by someone with a lot of time on their hands. The lustrous ripe figs were bigger than the corella pears, which although pretty, I never purchase. Every stall was adorned with plaits of fat garlic cloves and had a line up... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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On the subject of clubbing, I did go to a night club today but at lunch time, just for a cool drink....of mineral water. It is a huge open air club in a park with lots of uneven steps. I think in fact it has taken over the whole park. There are dozens of different places to sit, up high, down low and round about, even cushions on the grass. It's all very pretty with its mix n match seating but surely a recipe for a sprained ankle for all those stiletto wearers after too many aperol spritzers. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I like sunsets as much as the next person but I like pink and purple sunsets. Last night it was yellow so yes it was nice to see and I dutifully took photos just for all of you yellow sunset lovers. Maybe tonight will be a pink night. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Most people know I am not the clubbing type and never have been unless its a beach club, then I am in !!! The Croatian coast is lined with luxe and pricey beach clubs like this one. Drinks, food, sun lounges , cabanas, music and parasols laid on....for an entry fee. One photo here is just of the sea and yes, boring pic . But just look at the clarity of the water, its almost see through and so perfect for dabbling in. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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More from the Berlin graffiti artists....not animals this time but other esoteric wall art. You may recognise the young girl in the portrait.....she kept a diary during some terrible times. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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I was instantly in love when I saw all this animal and bird wall art / graffiti in Berlin. Such talent, such imagination, such color, such wow factor. And I can't even manage a stick figure !! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Over the past couple of weeks I have seen some amazing architectural sights in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Montenegro and Croatia. A different, all incredible. All these cities have towers with views way off into the distance.....in order to see any oncoming armies in past times. Most of these towers are bell towers and the bell ringing tradition is alive and well today and those bells start early !!! Luckily I am used to the very early call to prayer in Marrakesh !! Now I just have to remember which tower was in which city !!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Croatia must be a country of green thumbs !!! The gardens everywhere are overflowing with flowers and olive trees and grape vines. The front yards are often vegie plots and boundary fences are treed with massive oleanders and laden fig trees. A profusion of lavenders and creamy gardenias grow like weeds by stairways and sidewalks . Every way I turn my head I see lush greenery with pops of floral colour. So, so beautiful !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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This little town on the island of Hvar turns 2,401 years old this year !!!! It dates back to 384BC and is one of the most ancient villages in Europe. It lays claim to to the oldest continually farmed agricultural site on planet earth !! It is a true village gem with a charming waterfront and quaint and quirky back streets. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Insomnia means often only four hours sleep like last night but I can put all that behind me when I can up and wander onto a big balcony in those early hours and feel that post dawn warmth that will herald a hot Croatian summers day. There are views too, to the hills in one direction and to the water the other. But it is the view as I peer down between the pegs on the clothesline down that I love of lush green veggie plots and pink hydrangeas. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Waterfront dining can cover a variety of proximities to actual water. Sort of like poetic licence. But here in Budva, in Montenegro, waterfront is actual waterfront, waters edge would be the very apt and truest description. You can paddle or go for a dip between courses or even between mouthfuls !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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We had a long day of travel today and an unexpected ferry trip. It was a car ferry to be honest, probably not riveting for most but it did lessen our trip by 30 odd kms so I was all for it. It also gave us a chance to get out of the car, smell the Adriatic sea air and feel the salt spray on our faces. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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Budva in Montenegro had an old, charming side and a new and very brash side. Huge developments are in progress, mostly not sympathetic architecture to my mind. I am glad to have visited now as I think in 5 years the high rise holiday rental blocks of apartments will lie in thick layers along the coast and up the cliffs. The old town is really quite lovely and worth seeing but don't come in midsummer !!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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No shortage of super yachts and their owners/tenants in Budva, that's for sure. These things are floating palaces with sweeping staircases and giant movie screens . I can't imagine the luxe lifestyle that accompanies them. Montenegro is seething with massive boats, the moorings are jam packed and the owners sit aboard with glasses of Moet in hand while their minions scrub the decks !! Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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Another day, another beautiful old town !!! I did not know what to expect of Montenegro but perfectly on par, there are no disappointments. Budva is a coastal town, 2500 years old in fact, with charm around every corner. Pebbly beaches, medieval ramparts and a bay full of super yachts make it a Montenegrin mecca. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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I like cats...a lot. I was not such a cat person in Australia as I owned dogs but as thats not possible for me in Morocco I have turned the tide and become a cat lady. Croatia and Montenegro both seem to have street cats, healthy, happy ones that sun themselves beside the pots of geraniums or wander around the port feasting on fish scraps. What I love is the enormous range of interesting markings and colourings you see in stray cats, you never see two the same. And they have such sweet faces....ahh I think I must be missing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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There are many islands in the Adriatic off the Croatian coast that can only be reached by ferry. These day trips are such fun that even a non boating person like me just has to bite the bullet and climb the gangway. The day I took a small ferry to Trogir was ideal weather, no battening down of the hatches needed. The water was flat, not even a ripple. I sat upstairs enjoying a light sea breeze, glad to be alive. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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I can only say that Dubrovnik must be one of the most beautiful old town I have ever seen. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at mosaic road