Croatia

Zagreb Cafés often have branded coffee cups, like the one here in Kavana Palinovka, with a painting of a woman with rainbow hair. A water glass is visible on the table, and in the background, yellow walls and patrons are visible

Zagreb Cafés and Café Culture (with Map)

Zagreb’s café culture is one of Europe’s best, rivaling that of Paris and Vienna. This post includes an overview of Zagreb café culture as well as several of my favorite Zagreb cafés from around the city. Use the detailed map on the go and in planning your trip!
How to Open a Pomegranate: Using a simple method, I opened a pomegranate and removed the arils into a bowl without making a mess

How to Open a Pomegranate without Destroying Your Kitchen

Pomegranates are beautiful, healthy, delicious fruits. Opening them can do a number on your kitchen. I learned a foolproof way to open a pomegranate on a farm near Split, Croatia, and I thought I’d share it with you. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).

What to Pack for the Balkans in Autumn? My Best Picks

What to pack, what to pack, what to pack? As packing the right things can make or break a trip, I thought that I’d share the items that I used most often on my nearly three-month trip to the Balkans (September, October, November). Autumn is a perfect time to head to the Balkans, with fewer crowds and lovely weather, but you might be surprised by what you'll need. Updated with FREE packing list template!
a cup of Kuhano vino (Croatian Mulled wine) in a Advent U Zagreb cup with christmas lights in the background

Kuhano Vino: Get in the Holiday Spirit with Croatian Mulled Wine

When the weather outside gets frightful, warm up with a cup of Kuhano Vino (Croatian mulled wine). Perfectly spiced, not too heavy, and a cinch to make, this festive wintry treat is sure to make it into your holiday (or, you know, February) rotation. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).
Hvar, Croatia, as seen from the water

PSA: Croatia Joins the Schengen Zone and Adopts Euro January 2023—What It Means For You

Starting 1 January 2023, Croatia will adopt the Euro currency and join the Schengen Zone. The latter in particular has important implications for long-term travel for those living outside the Schengen Zone. Helpful information to help you plan for your Croatia travel after 1 January 2023. This is meant as a PSA and not as a replacement for trusted government sources.
Baš naš Advent Zagreb on Gradec Plateau

Advent Zagreb: An Annotated Map to Zagreb’s Christmas Market Wonderland

Tis the season for Zagreb’s Christmas Market, Advent Zagreb. If you love European Christmas markets, add Advent Zagreb to your Nice list. With practically the whole city involved, you’ll not only get into the Christmas spirit, but you’ll also get a lovely tour of graceful Zagreb. As this event takes place all over Zagreb, you’ll need a good map, and this post has an annotated map to help you get the most out of Advent Zagreb!