NOT ‘DOWN AT HEEL’ IN ITALY!

Neither my words nor my photographs can portray the utter “over-the-topness” of the baroque architecture of Lecce in southern Italy.   The building façades are so ornate and flowery with their statues, curlicues, gargoyles and festoons, that the style has its own name – “barocco leccese”. I was staying right down in the stiletto heel of … Continue reading

DUBROVNIK – WHITE CITY, RED ROOFS

  I looked down at the orange-red terracotta roofs of Dubrovnik from the city walls and remembered the statistic that two out of three were replacements as they had been hit by missiles in the attack on Dubrovnik in 1991 when around 2,000 shells were fired on the city. Almost three-quarters of the buildings were … Continue reading

CROATIA – COUNTRY OF CONTRAST

The contrasting faces of Croatia can come as rather a shock. On first entering Croatia I had been struck by its natural beauty, an impression which only strengthened as I travelled down its length for soon the glory of its natural parks was added to the spectacular coastline. Plitvice Park is probably the most renowned … Continue reading