Hrvoje and Friends

Grand Cro Wine Pairing Dinner with Hrvoje Zirojević at Bokeria – Croatian Wine and Food Promotion at Its Best

We were intrigued when we were recently invited by the delightful Hana Čičić of Vinart, to the Grand Cro event at Bokeria in Split. So what is the Grand Cro association? It brings together some of Croatia’s premier wine producers. The members are Baković from Brač, Bibich from Plastovo, Boškinac from Pag, Duboković from Jelsa…

Split Theatre and Christmas tree

A night at the opera

Split’s Croatian National Theatre (HNK) has a full winter program of drama, opera and ballet, including the Nutcracker, although it took me a minute or two to recognise that under the name of “Orašar” in the schedule! Advance publicity and booking is curiously restricted to just one month ahead, making forward planning slightly tricky for…

Marko Marulić statue by Ivan Meštrović

Faces of Split – Marko Marulić

One of Split’s most famous citizens can be seen in the Trg braće Radić (aka Voćni trg /Fruit Square). Standing high above the crowds, Marko Marulić is impressive in his long bronze robes, holding a large tablet on which he writes intently. The characterisation in this statue is wonderful, for this is the father of Croatian literature, a lawyer and judge by day, a leading Renaissance humanist, and one of the first authors in the Croatian language. The statue, of course, is by the wonderful Ivan Meštrović, unveiled in 1925.

Perivoj – a little light lunch in Split

Lunch recommendations from our friend Čedo always lead us to somewhere special. Perivoj restaurant in Split is a graceful villa set in its own gardens deep in the backstreets of the city. Villa Tončić is a large villa, almost a mini palace, with a huge garden, a short walk from the old city core. The villa…

Wine tasting

Impressions of Dalmacija Wine Expo 2016

This is the 7th year for the Dalmacija Wine Expo, and we’ve attended six of those. It’s always a fun event, and we enjoy checking out what’s new and meeting up with old friends. This year, it was held in a new venue, the Hotel Park in Split. There were some good and some not…