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Ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre in Oronzo Piazza in Lecce, Italy, visited during my week-long cooking vacation in Puglia, Italy with Flavours Holidays

Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Ruins of a Roman Amphitheater in Oronzo Piazza in Lecce, Italy. Visited during my week-long cooking vacation in Puglia, Italy with Flavours Holidays

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Preparing eggplant for the Parmesan alla Melanzana casserole we created during my Flavours Holidays cooking tour in Puglia, Italy

Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Preparing eggplant for the Parmesan alla Melanzana casserole we created during my week long cooking vacation in Puglia, Italy. This is just one of many delicious regional recipes we learned how to make during my week with Flavours Holidays.

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Chef Antonio reviews what we will be preparing for the midday meal during my cooking vacation in Puglia, Italy with Flavours Holidays

Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Chef Antonio reviews what we will be preparing for the midday meal during my cooking holiday in Puglia, Italy. On this day, we prepared pasta made from scratch with broccoli rabe, one of the many delicious recipes we learned during my week with Flavours Holidays.

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I was being watched. I was certain of it. Each time the hairs on the back of my neck prickled, I spun around to confront my stalker, only to find empty space. Zagreb, in fact, was virtually empty. Just a few days earlier, I had been in the gorgeous coastal town of Rovinj, the first stop on a planned trip down Croatia’s Istrian and Dalmatian coasts. But temperatures of 100 degrees and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of tourists soon had me rethinking my plan. Despite numerous opinions from fellow travelers that everything worth seeing in Croatia was on the coast, I headed inland to the capital city.

Heart of Zagreb, Bana J. Jelacica Square, is almost empty in the summer, as most Zagreb residents have fled to the coast for their annual holiday

Heart of Zagreb, Bana J. Jelacica Square, is almost empty in the summer, as most residents of the city have fled to the coast for their annual holiday

My route reversal was a stroke of genius. Not only was Zagreb an historic and lovely city, full of parks and more museums than I could see in a month, it was ten degrees cooler than the coast and virtually deserted. Everyone in the city had fled to the coast for their annual holiday. Read More

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Woman wears the costume of a traditional washer woman in Zagreb, Croatia

Click on title of post to view photo in large format: In an historic Zagreb square, a woman wears the costume of a traditional washer woman of Croatia. Characters like these roam the streets of the capital all summer, explaining to tourists what their apparel represents and keeping the history of rural Croatia alive.

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Grisia Street in Rovinj, Croatia, the main road leading to Saint Euphemia Church, which crowns the hill. Grisia Street is renowned for its art galleries and working artists.t

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Grisia Street in Rovinj, Croatia, renowned for its art galleries and working artists, leads to Saint Euphemia Church, which crowns the hill upon which the town sits.