VILA HERACLEA, Hvar, Croatia, EU

The Alluring Island of Hvar by Elizabeth Manduca  My flight left Munich and flew over the colorful patchwork quilt-like German farmlands. The terrain ended abruptly at the foothills of the powerful Alps. Jagged peaks broke through mounds of snow while billowy clouds perched on top. Bright green hamlets nestled in each valley. The mountains eventually gave way to the Adriatic Sea as we landed in Split, Croatia. I took the Jadrolinija ferry that runs daily to the islands off the coast of Croatia. […] Read more »

LUXURY VILLA, Korcula, Croatia, EU

A World in Miniature By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine  “Our world is made up of a myriad of microcosms, of tiny worlds, each with its own habitués, every one known to the others.” —Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man Islands hold a certain enchantment. As children, we fantasize about such places as being mystical and bearing great treasures. In fact, there are more than two million islands in the world, of which 100,000 are inhabited. Each is a world in miniature with […] Read more »


Dreamland By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine . “If you have a surreal life like I do, you’ve got to have fun along the way.” — Victoria Beckham . I love the word “surreal.” What word could be more fascinating? Definitions include, “having the quality of a dream, unreal, and fantastic.” The literal interpretation is “above real.” What could be better than being above reality? Surreal is the word that comes to mind when I think of Primošten, Croatia.. Signs Primosten, pronounced pre -mo-shten, rolls […] Read more »


Europe’s Best Kept Secret  By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine .     “Some secrets are too delicious not to share.” —Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay . I love a “good” secret — like expecting surprises or hidden treasures. Some secrets we encounter without intention such as receiving surreptitious news from a good friend. Others, we stumble across in our path through life when we least expect to find them. Some secrets are to be kept at the holder’s request, shared when the time is […] Read more »

VILLA DRAGE-Trogir, Croatia, EU

Olive Groves at Villa Drage

Croatian Déjà Vu By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG France is known for wine, Italy for pasta, Spain for bull-fighting, and Switzerland for banks. But just what is Croatia known for? In fact, where is Croatia? Croatia is a small European country separated from Italy to the west by the Adriatic Sea with a coastline which includes some 1246 small islands. Croatia shares its northern border with Slovenia and a southern border with Montenegro. One of six countries of the former Yugoslavia, Croatia is […] Read more »

VILLA PAPILIO-Seget Vranjica, Croatia, Europe

Out of the Blue Sky By Deborah S. Nelson, Author/Publisher VRTG It is always truly exciting, while simultaneously unnerving, to defy gravity. Every time I fly, it dawns on me that I have cheated the law of gravity. This tends to shake up my concept of reality. Perhaps this is what jet lag really is. The flight to Croatia not only defied gravity, but defied time as well. I landed six hours into the future when I arrived at the Split Airport just […] Read more »