No trip to Croatia can be complete without visiting Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic. Below are some pictures of Dubrovnik’s main street known as Stradun. I would highly recommend finding accommodations inside the walls of the old city, be prepared to “rough it” as many do not have air-conditioning, although if you do have money to spend the Pucic Palace is a 5 Star hotel and the only hotel located inside the walls. After a long day of sightseeing (walking the walls is a must) I would recommend visiting Katie O’Connor’s Irish Pub or Pub Karaka for a pint of Guinness both located in the old city. You could also do some cliff diving as I did, check out the YouTube video to see me jump. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhkSWs2uGW8
Below are some of my pictures of the exterior of Buckingham Palace and surround in London, England. The Palace is the London home and primary residence of the British monarch. I have never toured the interior of the Palace which is opened for public access during the months of August and September, but I have toured Windsor Castel and will make sure to post those pictures.
Brela is a small town along the Dalmatian coast about 50 km south of the city of Split. Forbes magazine recently listed Brela as having one of the top 20 beaches of the world. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are never over crowded even during the high season (late July to mid August). The water is so warm you can swim well into the evening. If you ever visit Croatia you must spend at least one day enjoying Brela. Here are some of my favorite photos of Brela taken this past summer.
The following group of pictures were taking at the port of Split. We had just disembarked our ferry from a trip to the island of Hvar and were waiting for our car. Split is the largest Dalmatian city, and is one of the oldest cities in the area at just over 1,700 years old. The city as seen today has developed around the ancient ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace. May parts of the ancient palace are visible today, I’ll make sure to post some of my pictures of the ruins. These pictures show Katedrala Svetog Duje (The Cathedral of St. Duje) located in the heart of the ancient city and Marjan Hill a beautiful park walking distance from the city centre. If you are ever plan on visiting Croatia I would recommend spending at least one day touring the sights of the city, which offers decent shopping, and good restaurants.
I’ve visited some of the best beaches in the world, from Australia, Fiji, the US, Mexico and Croatia. However my favorite beach has got to be Stiniva Beach on the Island of Vis in Croatia. It is one of the most beautiful hidden beaches on the Island and in my opinion the entire country. It is located on the southern side of the coast near the village Marina Zemlja. The beach is extremely secluded and to reach it by foot you have to hike down a fairly traitorous natural trail which should take you about 30min. The only other way to reach the beach is by boat. Whichever method you choose once you make it you will see what I am talking about, the beach its self is small, approximately 30 meters long, but the view is stunning and the water is crystal clear. Here are some of my pictures that show the beach as well as the hike down the trail.
The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, Croatia is located in the beautiful city of Šibenik, Croatia. The Cathedral is a Gothic-Renaissance construction and one of only a handful of structures built entirely from stone. As such, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. It was built in three phases, by three architects, between 1431 and 1535. Its style started out as Venetian Gothic, but was turned to Renaissance by the two latter architects (Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino). These were also responsible for the characteristic sculptures. Slabs of stone from the island of Brac were used, even for the dome where stone wedges held the tiles in place. If you plan on visiting the Cathedral make sure to eat at Gradska Vijećnica Caffe and Restaurant, it is located directly across from the Catherdral and is by far one of the best restaurants in the City.