Photo: Andrea Cvitanovic Mayfield
There must be millions of beautiful pictures from Croatia!
Instagram is a great way to keep up to date on great shots from the beach, sailboats or sunsets.
After all, Croatia has got the most beautiful sunset in the world!
One of those who constantly keeps Kroatiabloggen´s Instagramfeed well fed is Andrea Cvitanovic Mayfield.
She was born in Croatia, but moved to Germany with her family as a child, and ended up in the United States where she now lives.
Her love for Croatia is strong as ever, and she tries to visit the home country as often as possible.
Meet her in Kroatiabloggen´s new series, "Croatia: People."
Makarska and Tucepi are five minutes in distance from each other and are surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountains and the blue Adriatic, they are very quaint and relatively smaller towns compared to some other places in Croatia. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and that is where some of my family lives. Zagreb is filled with old history and beautiful old buildings. There is so much to see and do in Zagreb, which is why it is called the city of museums. Plitvice National Park is truly a wonder of the world, the most beautiful water falls and lakes I have ever seen. There are 7 lakes and all filled with turquoise waters that are incredibly clear. And lastly Split is filled with so much old history from the Roman area such as Diocletian’s palace and the old gates. Split also has beautiful beaches and gorgeous views from Marijan hill.
Why these places?
All of these places represent something different to me. Each place is unique in its own way and have many different things to offer. Each place embodies history and has the most beautiful Adriatic Sea beaches. Plitvice National Park embodies nature that almost seems unreal. Fresh mountain air and gorgeous crystal clear lakes make Plitvice a perfect place for hiking and exploring what mother nature has created.
Croatia may seem small but it offers so many stunning places that it is impossible to view them all in one trip. I also like to immerse myself in my beautiful culture. I feel so relaxed when I am in Croatia because the way of life is so relaxed.
Favorite food and drink:
Pita (with Spinach and Feta cheese) and of course Croatian Coffee. Pita is made with layers of dough all filled with spinach, feta cheese, and ricotta cheese. My mother has been making pita my whole life and I still do not get bored eating it. Croatian coffee is a lot stronger than coffee from most places in the world. It has a Turkish blend from the Ottoman Turks, it is very strong and very good. Fun fact is that Coffee time in Croatia is a customary thing around 3 times a day. In the mornings coffee is offered to family and friends who are passing by to discuss the start of their day, afternoon after lunch coffee is also consumed with family and friends, and in the evening after dinner coffee is consumed with friends and family to discuss the day. Cakes and cookies are always served with coffee and it is impolite to reject coffee or cake from a local.
What is so special about Croatia:
Croatia is truly a gem with beautiful mountains and of course the most beautiful sea, the Adriatic. The mountains and the sea all in one place is something that you will not see in many places around the world. The Adriatic Sea is the bluest sea I have ever seen and is crystal clear. The history that is all around Croatia dating from the Roman Empire, even some Turkish influence in some places, history from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and more recent history from the Yugoslav war are all present. The culture is really special and most individuals that are asked about Croatia will begin by saying how hospitable the locals are and how their culture is lovely. In Croatian culture it is customary to kiss an individual that you know on both cheeks.