Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

(photo Colliers)
From a warm 14 degrees to a chilly minus 5!  Landed in Gatwick ok and headed up to Yorkshire.  Would be nice if we lived in Buckingham Palace as pictured above (photo Andy Hooper, Daily Mail), alas, ours is a smaller place.  To see such snow in London is quite a sight.   Delayed posting as lots going on.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I look forward to posting more Croatian delights in 2011. Cheers!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Winning Ticket ... again.

We had a lovely evening at the Foreign Circle Christmas Party on Wednesday last week for the english  speaking expat residents of Dubrovnik.  The tombola offered some fabulous prizes, and my number came up! 2 nights B&B in the 5 star Hotel Excelsior.  The hotel has enjoyed the presence of guests such as The Queen, Liz Taylor & Richard Burton, Hollywood stars etc.   Our zero temperatures outside and flurries of snow made our stay even more enjoyable in the warm spa.  I won a similar prize last year with 2 nights B&B at the Hotel Radisson .... think the Foreign Circle may ban me from entering next year.

Friday, 10 December 2010

LottyB in Mustique & now in Croatia

Beautiful silk sarongs: the originals all hand painted

Gorgeous vibrant colours: perfect photos to look at on this cold December day
Here is Lotty at work on a special commission for the Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados
Lotty has created new gift boxes for her silk items
Last year I did a post on LottyB, the talented artist based on the gorgeous island of Mustique in the Caribbean. She creates exquisite designs on silk for sarongs, kaftans, dresses, blouses, scarves etc.  They are sold in chic hotels and boutiques around the world.  I bought a "purple puppy" charmeuse silk blouse a few years ago, shipped from the island which is beautiful.  Yesterday Lotty emailed me about her revised website.  I was intrigued to read under stockists: Caribbean ... USA ... UK ... and now Croatia! 

Friday, 3 December 2010

Gorgeous Adriatic Beach Home

We are fortunate enough to have friends who own this gorgeous ground floor apartment with amazing Adriatic Sea views. The terrace, remodeled in 2009 uses quality stone sourced locally and is heaven on a summers' evening with the outdoor entertaining and enjoying bbqs.
An ingenious inlaid nautical compass created out of different types of stone creates interest
The creative stone bench called "the cigar smoking corner" is for banishing smokers. However, this is a great corner for viewing the stars (very little light pollution) and looking at the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
The island of Lokrum and the rear of the Old Town.
Fully equipped kitchen leading onto the dining room and overlooking the sea.
The Italian made dining table is made of volcanic stone and took 7 men to bring to the apartment. Showing an underwater scene, the table top needs no coverings at all. The glass tryptic on the wall has been created by talented Niko Cuckovic of BeCraft.
The classic red and white stripe cushions on the furniture gives a beach home feel to the living room.
Open plan living and dining area, all sea facing and capturing the stunning Adriatic views. The little glass table at the bottom of the picture (above) is also a Niko Cuckovic custom special.
Light and airy this 2-bedroom beach home takes full advantage of living by the sea. It is just a pleasant 20 minutes coastal walk to Dubrovnik Old Town too, making it an ideal location for holidays. My friends are selling this apartment (email me) and are confident the new owners will enjoy the light, space and views as they have over the last 6 years.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Taking the Biscuit

I came across a motoryacht called "Biscuit" launched this summer and the interior grabbed my eye! Aubergine deck chairs! Fabulous. Yacht interiors are as attractive to me as house interiors even more so, as every minute detail has to be thought about.

Sleek and stylish as all Italian-built yachts are, this 29 metre (95') yacht was built by the Filippetti Yard.
The custom made interior has been designed by Milan based Hot Lab Studio with attention to detail throughout. Great music on the website if you click on the link.

The yacht is on two levels and boasts 2 twin staterooms, a VIP suite and a master cabin. There are comfortable crew quarters for 4 crew.

Precious leather flooring

Looking forward to seeing this yacht (perhaps) gracing our Adriatic shores here in Croatia next year.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Adriatic Idyll - Distinctive Fireplace

Browsing through the Architectural Digest website of designers favourite fireplaces, I was delighted to see this photo again, and in lead position too. It's of the distinctive fireplace in the living room of a renovated 15th century village house on the island of Lopud, one of Dubrovnik's Elafiti Islands and an island I look at every day. I posted this property July last year with more interior photos (click)

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Thinking of Summer Sailing

The week just gone has been a week of HEAVY rains in Dubrovnik. The Old Town turned into Venice and friends as far away as New Zealand emailed me; the news had gone around the world. So, instead of posting miserable pictures of floods, collapsed walls, rocks on main roads and cars in gutters, I thought I would post a happier picture of yachts - a photo taken during a regatta on Cres, an island in the north of Croatia.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

From There to Here, 7 Years Ago ...

7 years ago today we arrived in Dubrovnik from Mallorca, Balearic Islands. Sometimes Dubrovnik feels like an island - bordered by coasts of Bosnia (albeit tiny) and Montenegro.
We started with this in Mallorca ... great little car (one previous lady owner, non smoker)

Then progressed to .... NO! I jest, this is a rental car on the island of Mljet, so cute!

Then progressed to this for our drive across the Continent. This little beast is now happily back in Mallorca, we returned and sold it to an Argentinean family.

One of the many golden sand beaches of Mallorca, this being Playa de Palma at dawn

The same beach in Mallorca during the day, off season. I admit, I still do miss my sandy beaches

The town beach of Dubrovnik, Banja. What a glorious backdrop of the Old Town!

My old drive to work in Palma used to take me past the breathtaking beauty of the impressive Gothic Cathedral along the Paseo Maritimo

Now, when I drive to the supermarket I pass this glorious sight of the Old Town Dubrovnik

Mallorca: Our old apartment building (one of 4 apartments in 4 years! we liked to move ... then)

With a lovely swimming pool and gardens ...

Mallorca: one of our previous apartments with a smidgen of sea view ... and view of the neighbours swimming pool ...

Dubrovnik: where we live now ... er ... no, you didn't think I would show you where I live now did you? Might get the paparazzi ... needless to say we live in a stone house with a red roof ...

Mallorca: My man's former place of work ...

Croatia: my man's former place of work last year. I love blue hulls on yachts ...

Croatia: My man's current place of work .... well over 60 metres ... but currently not in Croatia

Mallorca: The beautiful Puerto Portals marina

Mallorca: The gorgeous Puerto Portals promenade with expensive restaurants ...

Mallorca: another view of the marina with the glorious turquoise sea

Croatia: the ACI marina in Dubrovnik, sleepy little place until summer, when it's full of action. Great restaurant too and not expensive as Mallorca!

Mallorca: our old beach and sunbathing area. The clear waters are stunning

Mallorca: one of my favourite places of Maioris, overlooking the Bay of Palma

Croatia: a deserted cove on the Peljesac Peninsula .... a little piece of heaven

Croatia: My view at dawn .................................. great start to the day when you see this

Croatia: fabulous Adriatic Sea and sunshine

Croatia: Azure Croatia! (NB I did not post a pic of our view in Mallorca, as we did not have a view as such, just onto a neighbours villa ....)

So, 7 years ago today we made the big leap over to Croatia ... lots of great memories of Mallorca of course. Croatia is the longest time ever in one place, since I began my travels in 1987. Just by seeing some of the above photos and reading this blog makes you realise what has captivated me and kept me here for all those years .....