Hvar pjaca

Flying tour of Hvar and Korčula

The last time we were treated to aerial views of the island was when we flew in the seaplane, now sadly no longer an option. But this week, himself was invited for a tour of Hvar and Korčula from a two-seater plane. Take-off from Stari Grad International airport, where there are currently several planes on…

Marinka's art

Marinka’s welcoming art studio in Dol

While I’m on the topic of art to see on Hvar, I must also mention one of the most beautiful art studios that I’ve ever been in – Marinka’s very creative and inspiring atelier in the village of Dol. This is a place to come to enjoy her art, and that of Marin Ribarić, but…

Woman with blue stockings by Zvonimir Lončarić

In the Summer – art exhibition in the Arsenal Gallery, Hvar

It’s so good to see a contemporary art exhibition on Hvar – such powerful artwork, beautifully presented. As part of the Hvar celebrations of 150 years of organized tourism, we have “In the Summer”, selected works from the art collection of Dagmar Meneghello. It’s on at the Gallery Arsenal in Hvar, 27th June to 7th…

Enjoying the artwork

Varbonj ceramics on show in Hvar 21 June – 16 July 2018

The village of Vrbanj is home to Frane Abramović, and his ceramics studio. Through the Udruga Varbonj society, he organizes an international ceramic art colony each summer. Ceramicists from around Europe participate, and an exhibition of their work from last summer, “Varbonj 2017“, is on now in the Zvijezda Mora church in Hvar (Open: 21st…

Sack nearly full!

Lavender harvest festivities in Velo Grablje

It’s the end of June, so it’s lavender harvest time! Shame, really, as I love to see the purple hummocks decorating the hillsides. Unlike Provence, where the lavender is grown in great long stripes, here the bushes are kept separate, giving more of a pattern of dots. And, given the steepness of the fields, the…

Minceta fort

The fast boat to Dubrovnik

It’s been nearly 5 years since we took the old Liburnia ferry from Stari Grad down the coast to Dubrovnik. That took a leisurely 8 hours, including stops at Korčula town and the island of Mljet. Things are speedier now. Krilo’s fast catamaran service does basically the same trip (leaving from Hvar, not Stari Grad)…