Almond blossom

It’s almond blossom time on Hvar!

The almond is the first tree in bloom hereabouts, and gives a very cheery signal that the year has turned, and we’re heading into Spring! A native of the eastern Mediterranean, Prunus Amygdala can be found all around southern Europe, and anywhere else with a similarly mild climate. On Hvar, we probably have the ancient…

Calm morning

A cold and frosty morning in Vrboska

Hvar in February is beautiful, appearing in a completely different light from the heat of summer. This morning, for instance, I was drawn to take my camera for a walk by the most perfect atmospheric sunrise. Somewhat unusually, we were enveloped in dense fog, with very little of the wider landscape showing, meanwhile the sun…

Dubovica cove

Dubovica cove – a beach picnic in January

Dubovica cove is popular in summer, you can tell by the number of cars parked by the roadside above it. In contrast, yesterday ours was the only car to be seen as we set off down the trail to the beach. The sign points to Dubovica and Sv Nedelja, which is several kilometers further along the coast, and the path is clearly marked by our local hiking society, the Hvarska Planinarska Društvo. For the moment, though, we were just taking advantage of a glorious winter’s day, and had brought a picnic to enjoy on the beach.

Auditorium

A rare glimpse into Hvar’s 17th century theatre

As part of Hvar’s Advent celebrations, everyone was invited to visit the Arsenal Theatre to see how the restoration works are progressing. It’s been closed for performances since the 2004 season, so we’re talking about a 14 year project so far, now hopefully coming to a successful conclusion, with a grand opening possibly in the Spring of 2019. Really excited about that, as it should include regular art exhibitions in the gallery, also on the same floor.

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…