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April 22, 2019

Europe: The Complex History of Yugoslavia

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There are many beautiful places along the Adriatic coast of Slovenia and Croatia.

Travel is a great history teacher. It puts a context to the historical events that one reads about. We usually come away from places we visit with a better comprehension of the when’s, what’s, why’s and where’s that punctuate a region’s history. But in the former territories of Yugoslavia it’s not so easy. (more…)

April 17, 2019

Croatia: Zagreb, the Contemporary Art Museum

The double spiral slide designed by Carsten Höller: It’s not what you expect to see at an art museum.

Today we took the tram out to visit Zagreb’s Muzej suvremene umjetnosti or the Contemporary Art Museum for those who like us are not fluent in hrvatski. As usual, nothing really makes sense at modern art museums. This one was no exception. (more…)

April 14, 2019

Croatia: Zagreb

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Inside Zagreb’s Orthodox Cathedral or Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

Croatia has become a modern tourist Mecca. The country’s idyllic seaside villages and a beautiful coastline worthy as a backdrop for the filming of Game of Thrones attract large numbers of tourists. In 2017 the country reported 90 million visitor overnight stays. For a country with a permanent population of just four million, that is a lot of tourism. Over a full year, 6% of the people in the country are on average tourists. And for sure the percentages are higher during the peak tourist season. (more…)

April 10, 2019

Croatia: Crossing the Border and Trakošćan Castle

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St. Mark’s Church is one of Zagreb’s most famous sites.

Leaving Ptuj Slovenia we headed to Zagreb Croatian. When we arrived at the border kiosk we handed over our passports to the agent. On seeing our American passports the guard, in a combination of a few words of broken English and ten times as many emphatic hand gestures, explained that we could not cross the border into Croatia here. (more…)

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