Friday, August 13, 2010

Is it always sunny in Croatia?

Living along the Adriatic coast we are blessed with the typical Mediterranean climate: warm summers and mild winters. But if you live further inland like the capital city of Zagreb then you will experience a Continental climate. This week has been hot but not enough to prevent me from joining my friends for our usual Thursday's 10K walk.

"I just love this garden! Look at the sunflowers welcoming another beautiful day," I told my friend Gen. She agreed, and of course I had to take a picture and share it with you today.

In the afternoon, Beli and I went to one of the beaches in Znjan which happen to be undergoing major renovation to welcome tourists and guests from the new four star hotel Radisson Blu. Do you see it with all the glass windows? Apparently every room has a view of the Sea.

And to the left is a view of our neighborhood Znjan. I love how the buildings appear like small towers in the background.

And another week behind us. What do you have planned for your weekend? I will try to catch up on some reading. I've been reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, have you heard of him? He is from Spain and the original book was written in Spanish and don't ask me why, but I seem to enjoy reading the English version better. Hmmmm, maybe I'm more American than I want to acknowledge?? Hope you all enjoy another sunny August day.


  1. it is always sunny here for sure and too hot for 10K! lovely garden... I love sunflowers, so bright and colourful... I have read a book by Zafon, the shadow of the wind - one of my favorite books of all time. How is the Angel's game? Enjoy your weekend... ours is already nearly over :(

  2. Hey, we have just left Split, but a few days ago we were walking and admiring those beautiful buildings... so this is Znjan... Split is just wonderful... Greetings from Timisoara!

  3. Babs, that's also a favorite book of mine! when I discovered it I had to share it my parents and sisters. they all loved it!

    THe angel's game is along the same lines. a story about a book and dark characters.I was able to read 100 pages in one day!and I'm not even half way..I will tell you when I finish it.

    Welcome back by the way!

  4. Hi ALina, I hope you had a wonderful time in Croatia. Yeah, as you know Split has over 20 neighborhoods. I can never keep track of all of them! But znjan is a nice part of the city to live in.

    I had to look up your city because I wasn't sure where it was located. I have a very dear blogger friend in Romania as well, athough I'm not sure which city. I will have to ask her.

  5. I haven't heard of Carlos Ruiz Zafon before Elisa. If it's a good one you'll have to let me know so I can read it and review it for my blog.

  6. I loved taking this walk with you! Great sunflowers! Wish I could visit. I just read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which has made the bestseller list here. It is a real page-turner, although nonfiction. I enjoyed the first three quarters ...

  7. what's planned for the coming weekend.
    as you ask so nicely, I might as well answer.

    hope to finish the dutch translation of a book called "the heart of danger" by gerald seymour.

    bitterly realistic book about what happened in those black days of the last war.

    to make you understand what a horrible episode this was, in the country we love and admire.
    (did you by the way see the additional booklet slobodan dalmatia printed to commemorate all croats that died during that time).

    thank God it's all in the past now, but perhaps one moment this weekend we should remember that our lucky life here in croatia was bitterly earned for croats and people like you, me and all visiting tourists.

    still a dutchman but greatfull to live in beautifull croatia !!

    so have a great weekend, free to enjoy it all.

  8. Robert, I will be more than happy to pass the book along when I finish reading it. I think you will enjoy it very much.

  9. Alexandra, didn't the sunflowers made you smile?!
    I will have to take a look at this book. I'm always on the search for new reading material.

  10. I have only read Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I loved it!!!
    Not doing much this weekend as I have to work. Hoping yours is wonderful. By the way, are you on facebook?

  11. After a long holiday I have finally returned to your blog. I love the sun flower garden, they are my favourite flowers - so friendly!
    As for the book, I have read The Shadow of the Wind and loved that, and will put the Angel's Game on my to-read list. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Pim. I do remember that booklet. It's sad you are right. Hubby's grandparents had to leave their land behind. only recently (several years or so...)did they return to reunite with their family.
    I didn't know you translate books.

    hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  13. Oh Elisa,
    me translating books, that would be something.
    From Croatian to Dutch I suppose, that would be the day.

    No, you funny flying birthday lady, I am retired.
    And lucky me, interesting books have their translation, which makes it easy to me.

    Recommended: the bridge over the Drina, by Ivo Andric, winner of the Nobelprice.
    (a must read to understand the Bosnian situation, then and even today).

    Had a great weekend, thanks, and gonna have a great next one too, cooking a dinner for ten young people, just for the fun of it, as making money is something I exchanged for spending it.

    And soon after the wave of tourists has gone, I'm gonna invite you and Robert and counterparts to enjoy my (partially vegetarian) cookingskills here in our new gardenhouse.

    Tip: you can have a scenic flight from Sinj, costing you about $200,- for three passengers.
    (perhaps hubby's birthday present ?)


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