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Vrboska celebrates 400 years of the Weeping Cross

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The miracle of Vrboska's Weeping Cross dates back to 1614. This year's 400th anniversary was celebrated in style by Vrboska.

Jelsa workshops: medicinal plants

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Jelsa hosted a programme of workshops aimed at farmers and service providers. A series of lectures within the Mediterranean Medicinal Plants project ran from February 10th to March 12th in Jelsa's Town Hall, attracting dedicated audiences of up to about 30 people.

Go Hvar Go - ORGANIC

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Hvar is an island of natural beauty offering a fabulous range of wild plants and exquisite scenery.

Dalmatian olive oil, pure gold

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On Thursday 13th March 2014 Croatian President Ivo Josipović opened the 16th Nočnjak international festival of olive oil and wine in Zadar.

Hvar Going Greener

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On March 19th 2014, Slobodna Dalmacija, the region's most influential newspaper, carried an article by local journalist Mirko Crnčević highlighting the success of Đurđan Gurdulić Murvica.

First Poppy of 2014

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I saw my first poppy of 2014 yesterday, March 23rd. Sprouting in a small clump of promising buds in a crevice on an otherwise unattractive bit of concrete, it was a good example of how Hvar's wild flowers spring up in the most unlikely places.

'Happy' in Stari Grad

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The 'Happy' days continue, and HvarTV has produced an excellent video proving the point.

Poppy Death. In Memoriam

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I was delighted to see my first poppy of the season two days ago, and duly recorded my pleasure yesterday morning.

Drilling in the Adriatic? No, Please..

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The proposal to drill for oil in the Adriatic has come as a shock to many. You don't have to be an environmentalist to perceive and dread the thought of the disruption and pollution this tragic scheme would bring. Not to mention the damage to tourism, the mainstay of Dalmatia's economy. If you agree that the drilling would be an environmental disaster for the Adriatic's precious natural resources, please sign the Petition against it.

Summer birds returning

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This morning, May Day, I heard my first golden oriole of this year. Known in Croatian as 'vuga', the golden oriole is easier to hear than to catch a glimpse of.

Wild Lilies, a May Treat

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Hvar in May is a delight of wild flowers, with brilliant colours all around in the many parts of the island where nature is allowed to flourish unhindered.

Hvar dialects revisited

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'Professor' Frank John Duboković created quite a sensation with his first public airing of Jelsa's very own special dialect.

Petar Botteri Exhibition in Hvar

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Petar Botteri is a photographer who lives in Stari Grad. He has won innumerable prizes and earned worldwide acclaim for his exceptional photographs.

The Krilo Spreads Its Wings

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As Mara of the excellent blog-website Go Hvar described recently, island hopping in Dalmatia can be "a bit of a challenge", to put it mildly, especially out of season.

Football Fever Hits Jelsa

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Croatia takes its football seriously, and has produced numerous fine footballers going back many years.

A Plea for Peace on Hvar's Islets

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There has been an uneasy, sometimes hostile relationship between Hvar Town's party organizers and other tourist organizations in the town and on the outlying Pakleni islands.

Best Guests

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There were two young ladies with enormous rucksacks waiting by the roadside out of Jelsa in the heat of the early afternoon.

The Prostitute Palm?

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Palm trees are not native to Croatia, but they thrive in the Mediterranean climate of the coastal regions.

Hvar's Night Skies

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The night skies in Dalmatia are often stunningly beautiful.

St. Rocco, Patron Saint of Dogs

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August 16th is the feast of St. Rocco, the patron saint of dogs.

'Jewel' saves a kitten

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Yet another abandoned kitten found and brought to safety by concerned tourists.
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