The Best Places to Visit in Croatia 2021

Every year, millions of travelers flock to Croatia, drawn to the Southeastern European country’s sun-drenched islands, historic towns, and national parks. Dubrovnik’s walled city gets the lion’s share of visitors, with seaside Rovinj and Plitvice Lakes National Park also attracting much attention. While these spots are certainly worth a visit, the country has much more Read more...: The Best Places to Visit in Croatia 2021

Armenia: Ancient Monasteries, Warm Hospitality, and a Rich Cuisine

My husband, Shawn, and I spent 10 days in Armenia and used the capital city of Yerevan as our base. We were only able to scratch the surface in our exploration of this ancient country. However, we came away with a great appreciation for Armenia’s cultural heritage, its food and wine, and its welcoming people...

Meteora, Greece: Marvelous Monasteries and Otherworldly Geology

As my husband, Shawn, and I hiked through Meteora’s verdant landscape, scarlet cherries, plump mulberries, and graceful butterflies vied for our attention. We almost stopped to pick a handful of the tempting fruit. However, we were persuaded to continue hiking when we caught our first glimpse of the St. Nicholas Monastery...

Olive Groves, Pebbled Beaches, and Deep History in Brač, Croatia

It was a gloriously sunny autumn day on the Croatian island of Brač. Determined to find a 1,700-year-old Roman stone quarry, my husband and I brushed past a grove of handsome olive trees with gnarled trunks. Decidedly lost, we chanced upon a mother and son harvesting massive tubs of eggplant-colored olives...

4 Coastal Cities in Croatia Perfect for Part-Time European Living

Based on the idea that Croatia could make a good part-time retirement destination, I’ve singled out four coastal cities that would make ideal hubs for exploring Europe: Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, and Pula. Here, you can take advantage of well-developed transportation networks and urban amenities such as hospitals and shops...

Cyprus: Beaches, Mosaics, and Mythology on a Divided Isle

Cyprus is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and throughout history has been ruled by diverse civilizations. The Phoenicians, Assyrians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans, and the British have all left their mark. Today, this complex history is reflected in Cyprus’ fascinating cultural sites and its rich cuisine...

Georgia: Wine, Culture, and Hiking in the Heart of the Caucasus

In recent years, outsiders of a different sort have been flocking to Georgia, enticed by the country’s ancient winemaking tradition, its soaring mountains, and its rich culture—itself a product of Georgia’s Europe-meets-Asia geography. Also appealing: a free 365-day tourist visa on arrival for Americans and Canadians...