It's been nearly a year since I first laid eyes on the crystal blue waters of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Last August, Joe and I set out on a life-changing tour of Croatia, visiting Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split and Plitvice Lakes in one whirlwind trip.
Long worn-torn and under the thumb of a socialist government, the country formerly called Yugoslavia, is now opening its doors to tourists. It boasts a rocky coast, walled cities and fortresses, glistening blue waters, more islands than you can count, and natural wonders if you choose to venture farther North.
The people are friendly, the food and wine are superb and the homes are beautifully simple. Many residents still live in hundreds-of-years old walled cities. And everything is built with breathtakingly beautiful limestone.
It's a way of life I can only dream of. And maybe visit on very, very special vacations.