Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:23

Spanish broom

In the coastal part of Croatia due to its mild Mediterranean climate there are many wild-growing plants. If you happen to drive through during spring time you will certainly notice many shrubs with small fragrant yellow flowers. In some areas they cover the entire slopes of the hills. As Spanish broom is common in Split area it is said that town itself was named after it from the Greek version of the plant’s name - Aspalathos that was abbreviated to Spalato and then to Split.
Although it looks decorative Spanish broom is a very useful plant. It is resistant, prevents erosion and recovers quickly after fires. Honey makers appreciate it as well. In the past Spanish broom was used for production of coarse fabrics, ropes, rugs, fishing traps, brooms and even shoes (on the island of Murter in Šibenik area). The whole process is slow. One has to cut the green part of the plant first, avoiding the dry parts. After macerating it in the sea for over one month in order to soften it one has to remove the outer layer of the plant to get to the fiber at the interior and that was usually done using a piece of rock. Only then one can start weaving it. Such hard work was practiced in areas where there was less wool or other materials available.
In the end its fragrance was attributed to have seductive and aphrodisiac powers.

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Friday, 25 January 2019 13:16

Adriatic Cruises

If you still haven't decided what's gonna be your next holiday, we are here to give you some tips.

Adriatic cruises are definitely something you have to try. Slow cruise by small boats, capacity 40 peopole, accommodation in a chosen category cabin, free Wi Fi on board. Sounds good?

Choose among several different itineraires and set sail away from the city crowd, relax and enjoy in the harmony of green and blue. Meet the beauty of Dalmatian coast and islands, get know what are traditional croatian dishes and swimm at the hidden bays most tourists will never see. If you are lucky enough, maybe dolphins will join you. Seagulls will guide you for sure.

We can't decide which cruise we prefer the most, but check the Adriatic Paradise Cruise by Adriatic Princess, because there are only 3 dates left to book.

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Croatia is a mediterranean country with rich cultural and historical monuments. You can find different influences from different eras and a huge range of different cultures. Influence of eternal Rome of Venice Republic of Ottomans of Hungarians…. Here are some interesting things that you should know before you visit it this summer.

  • Croatians invented the tie - Croatian soldiers mercenaries during the war in Europe (year 1600) were wearing ties on their necks ( red ties and that was their symbol ). That kind of new fashion was something really interesting for France and Paris and very soon they started to copy that fact calling it “a la croata ” (Croatian way). Also the French king started to wear the tie.
  • The first country in the world to recognize the independence of the United States, was the Croatian Republic of Dubrovnik.
  • Croat Slavoljub Penkala in 1906 invented the mechanical pencil, called Penkala. The patent has been registered in 35 countries, and his company TOZ Penkala still works in Zagreb.
  • Faust Vrancic the first in the world invented the parachute. Lot of inventors were studying the early Leonardo da Vinci’s work and sketches about parachutes but Faust was first who succeeded in this fact.
  • Croatia is known as one of the most successful sporting nations of the world-just remember famous tennis player Goran Ivanisevic or NBA players (Toni Kukoc, Dino Rada, Drazen Petrovic)…soccer, handball, water polo….
  • ISLANDS - Croatia has 1246 islands, islets and bays
  • KUNA - Croatian national currency has the name of the animal curse, because before this animal fur traders used as currency of exchange for other goods.
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