Our first visit to the island of Hvar was in April of 2008, in search of an antidote to a hectic life in high-tech. We weren’t looking for cultural heritage sites at the time, just some old stone house in a peaceful location to feel at home in. As it happens, we found both – and a whole lot more besides! Hvar has a bit of everything we enjoy, always surprising us.
Internet searches and guidebooks all give the impression that Hvar is one pretty little seaside town on an otherwise empty island with beautiful beaches basking in glorious sunshine. Ah, but that misses out so much of the story! We greatly enjoy discovering our new island home, and it’s fun to save the memories and be able to share what we’ve learned.
Mara is the nom-de-brush of artist Marion Podolski, originally from Edinburgh in Scotland. The Croatian part of the team is husband Zdravko Podolski who started life in Zagreb and arrived here via a fairly devious route! And although we’re not permanent islanders yet, we do hope to achieve that status one day. For the moment, we divide our time between California, Scotland, Germany and Hvar.
Hope you enjoy the blog!
More of my artwork at Gallery Mara