Destination Croatia: Land of Sun, Scenery and Sightseeing
Play pirates in Omis once an impregnable stronghold for the corsairs of Omis during the "Middle Ages":http://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages. They plundered the Croatian coastline in speedy ships built for the purpose and then sought shelter in the estuary of the River Cetina. This estuary was guarded by the strategically placed Fortress Mirabella also known as Peovica. Visitors can still climb up there today and enjoy the same vantage point that afforded these pirates their success. Pleasure boats run a service to this town wending their way through the reed beds that line the River Cetina. A very fitting entrance to this unusual little town.
Easter on Parade in Sorrento – an Exceptional Experience
Outside the hooded figures wait in silence, there is no breaking of ranks and not a word is spoken – just a street full of robed figures waiting and hoping. The whole experience was surreal and the next morning, while strolling through the crowded streets of Sorrento, I wondered if it really happened or if I dreamt it. Burnt out candles still littering walls and pavements confirm it really did happen ...
Four Resorts, One SkiArea in the Italian Dolomites
This very chic Italian resort, huddles inside a towering crescent of the spectacular Brenta Dolomites in Trentino. During the day the snow on its craggy peaks sparkles in the sun. As the sun goes down nature’s cathedral spires glow a rosy pink ...
A Whimsical Wander through Wimereux
Weekly markets in Wimereux are vibrant with the colours of fresh vegetables stacked high on the stalls that also grown under the weight of local cheeses, plants and many other products. Items of clothing sway gently on their hangers disturbed by the breeze from the River Wimereux that runs parallel to the road where the market is held …
Dunes, Amber, Boats and Forests on the Shores of Lithuania
As the day was drawing to its close I met the well-known amber hunter and guide Igor Osnač. After learning about this precious stone I set off with Igor to see if we could find some. He marched along the shore of the Baltic Sea looking for waves dark with sea weed while I trotted along beside him waiting to examine his ‘catch’ for pieces of amber ...
Juodkrantė and the Curious Curonian Spit
It is an extraordinary place. Leaving the sunny sea front I was soon deep in the forest with weird faces peering down at me. Some of the structures provide places to sit and enjoy the eerie beauty of the place. I particularly liked the bench being carried by two wooden figures. I had this weird feeling that if I came back the next day this bench would be in a different place ...
Nida on the unique Curonian Spit in Lithuania
Lithuanians love to explain natural phenomena through legends. The creation of this long, thin sand spit is attributed to the female giant Neringa. She was the beautiful, good and courageous daughter of the rulers of this land. Neringa would wade into the sea to carry distressed fishing vessels back to the shore. One day, when a violent storm was raging and the sea was throwing so much sand onto the shore it threatened to bury her parent’s castle. Neringa filled her apron time and again with sand from the sea bed to create an embankment …
Nerija Hotel in Nida, Lithuania
Hotel Nerija is located in a quiet street near the centre of Nida. Nida is the administrative centre of the municipality of Neringa on the Curonian Spit. The hotel is within walking distance of both the shore of the Curonian Lagoon on one side of town and the beaches that fringe the Baltic Sea on the other.
The Gradiali Hotel in Palanga, Lithuania
As I was only at the Gradiali Hotel for one night and, to be honest, more interested in a walk through the pine woods to the beach, I did not have time to try any of the many on offer therapies and treatments on offer. But I did have time to enjoy a very nice meal in the hotel restaurant. This was followed by a very good night’s sleep – it is really peaceful here.
Palanga, the Summer Capital of Lithuania
I had saved the best for last - Count Feliks’s most precious gift to Palanga, the splendid neo-renaissance Tiškevičius Palace - his family home which he built in 1897 in the sacred forest of Birutė where he married his wife, Antanina. He stored his universally admired private collection of amber here, a collection that Antanina gave to Kretinga Museum after his death. Although the palace was badly damaged during the First World War Count Feliks restored it to its former splendour ...