Category Archives: Croatia

I fell in love with the old town of Dubrovnik. What a pretty place this is! As soon as you enter through the old Pile gate, you step back in time. It’s like the middle ages, only with a bunch of souvenir shops and without the smells of piss and garbage. The new and improved middle ages. I loved spending a few days here and can totally recommend coming here for a holiday. But come early on in the season, because when tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers flood the city, the city’s charm sinks. The old town is super small and basically consists of two long streets with about a dozen smaller alleyways crossing it. Stradun is the main street and on either side the alleys start climbing up towards the walls. Dubrovnik is your personal stair master and after a day of exploring the city, you deserve that gelato…

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My job comes with a lot of perks. I get to travel and I get paid for it. Sometimes however, those perks also give you a disadvantage. Occasionally I get to visit places I’ve never been to before. It means I’m up for an adventure in many ways. It means I get to explore and experience new things, basically a holiday right?     But it also means a lot of research and preparation. Imagine going to a place you’ve never been before and you have to lead your group to the hotel based on a route you’ve only “walked” on google maps. Then you need to find ATMs, places for lunch and dinner and give an introductory walk, telling stories about buildings you yourself are only seeing for the first time. You get all kinds of questions you don’t know the answer to, cause no matter how much you…

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It was the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik. The weather was nice, but not too hot and there were tourists, but not too many. I had to prepare for my upcoming trip, but could do this while enjoying the sun and exploring the area. On day I made my way over to Lokrum island, a 10 minute ferry ride from the harbour in the old town. On the island I took a left turn, walked a bit and climbed onto some rocks. I looked out over the Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik’s coast on the other side, and had my breakfast. Instantly I felt myself relaxing. I kept walking along the rocky coasts, over manmade paths through the forest and followed some side tracks to viewpoints. I ran into some rabbits and 10m further a peacock casually strolls by, as if it didn’t even notice me. I ended up at the other…

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The beach town of Rovinj is a popular place for Dutch and German tourists during the summer holidays. One summer I found myself working on a campsite for a few weeks and got to explore this lovely town. The campsite was massive, located along the beach. A water taxi could bring you to Rovinj several times a day. As I came off the taxi boat, I was greeted by a small local market with fresh veggies. The old town of Rovinj is quite small, so you can easily explore it on foot. Rovinj’s old town used to be surrounded by a wall, like a true mediëval town. Although the wall is broken down, the small streets are still a vibrant part of town. You can find all kinds of shops, restaurants and cafés along the cobbled streets and squares. A landmark that can be seen from the water is the…

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Going through my photos I suddenly noticed this zigzag. I took this photo from the top of a chruch tower in Rovinj, Croatia. The old town makes a zigzag with the jetty. I love the colors in this picture!      

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