Returning fishing boat

Vrboska in winter

There’s something magical about the quality of the light in December. It seems to have a soft warm glow to it, even although the air temperature can be fairly brisk in the early morning. Sunrise is, of course, a little later and noticably further south than it was in summer. As far as Vrboska is…

Crocus biflorus

Hvar’s wildflowers and plants in winter

In December, there’s not so many flowers in bloom along the pathways of Hvar, but a few linger on from autumn because of the mild temperatures, while others are getting an early start on spring!  For this winter edition, I’ve expanded the scope to include seeds, fruits and leaves as they make quite the splash…

Earthquake map

A little afternoon earthquake!

There we were, just getting ready for our afternoon walk, when there was a rumbling and deep thump, as if a heavy construction truck had hit the side of the house. The floor noticably shook for a while, then quiet. I waited for a second shake, but nothing more. Must have been pretty close, then!…

Stipe Nobilo labels

Korčula wines at Vinocom 2016 in Zagreb

Vinocom is a great place to explore Croatian wines, comparing the different varietals and styles of the winemakers. Unusually for Dalmatia, the island of Korčula is better known for its white wines, not red. Pošip, Grk, Cetinka and Rukatac are grapes native to the island, producing excellent wines with a very local character. We really…

Zagreb International Festival of Wine and Culinart Art

Hvar winemakers at Vinocom 2016, Zagreb

Delighted to see so many of Hvar’s winemakers at the 11th annual Vino.com, Zagreb’s premier wine expo, held Nov 25-26 in the Hotel Esplanade. Despite the rival attractions of the Davis Cup tournament also in town, and the opening of the Christmas Advent celebrations, Vino.com was extremely popular. It was packed out on Saturday afternoon, by…