Sunday Special – Korčula Island, Croatia


Croatia. This country is definitely on my bucket list. I do want to visit all of the former Yugoslav countries (I have been to three: Slovenia, Serbia, and Macedonia) so of course that includes Croatia. However, that is not the only reason I want to visit it. I understand it is a wonderfully beautiful country with much to see. Islands lie all alongside its Adriatic Coast providing a large number to choose from. Some are major resort locales while others run at a slower pace. Of the latter, one such island is Korčula (also the the name of the main city) in the southern area of Dalmatia. Beaches of course are bountiful with shorelines ranging from sandy to rocky and everything in between. A great way to unwind. Wineries and wine tours are not lacking on the sun-kissed isle. In fact, Korčula Island has some indigenous varietals such as grk and posip.  Many of the wineries have been producing wines for centuries. Additionally, there are stories that explorer Marco Polo was in fact born on this small island and the very house where he supposedly entered the world. I wonder what the Italians have to say about that? LOL.

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Korcula, Croatia – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Andrzej Wolinski 

Andrzej Wolinski [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Town of Korcula – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Martin Broz 

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Korcula countryside – are those grapes for wine? Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Anto 

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Sunday Special – Bermuda


1030 km / 640 miles off the east coast of the USA are the Islands of Bermuda. This Atlantic archipelago is the oldest British Overseas Territory  and is also self-governing. Additionally it is the northernmost point of the Caribbean. Due to its northerly location its climate is humid subtropical (due to the Gulf Stream) with winters being a bit cooler with lows at approximately 17C/62F and summers comfortable at about 26C/80F.

Perhaps best known for its pink sand beaches, Bermuda has plenty to offer despite its small size. The two main towns are Hamilton and St George with the later being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although there are no car rentals in Bermuda they have excellent public transit or you can opt for motorized bike or moped rentals. Taxis are an option as well as walking around areas on foot. For those who crave  outdoor activity there is much to choose from. Golfing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing await. I’ve heard the view is stunning too. If culture, arts, history and sights are on your list then seek out local theatre, fashion, dance and costume, its African history in local museums and its British history in the buildings around you. Retail therapy and spa pampering is also a way to experience this sunny isle. And don’t forget the numerous beaches.

Perhaps I’ll make it there one day soon.

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Bermuda’s pink sand beaches – Photo attribution: Bermuda Ministry of Tourism and Transport (via Wikimedia Commons) 

Bermuda Ministry of Tourism & Transport [Attribution], from Wikimedia Commons

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St George, Bermuda – Photo attribution: Taken and owned by Captain-tucker via Wikimedia Commons 

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Sunday Special – Malta


The island archipelago nation of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite being made up of several small isles only three are inhabited. These are Malta, Comino and Gozo. Even with its small area it has a history to rival many larger countries. Over thousands of years it has brought forth countless world powers – Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, British and the Knights of the Order of St John, to name a few. Now Malta is an independent nation and part of the European Union (EU). Aside from history showcased in old temples, historical forts, archaeological sites and world-class museums Malta boasts other attractions. Stunning grottoes, red or golden sand beaches and its own Blue Lagoon (on Comino Island) that beckons sun-worshipers and water sport aficionados alike. Shopping and dining are in abundance as well.

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Malta’s Blue Lagoon – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Bengt Nyman 

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Evening view of Valleta, capital city of Malta – Photo is Public Domain

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Valetta, Malta – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Tony Hisgett

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Sunday Special – Bali, Indonesia


The fall weather continues its descent here in Western Canada. Although this part of the country does not experience the frigid cold weather associated with Canada we do get dampness to our bones from the rain that accompanies this season. The yearly tradition of folks discussing getaways to warmer locales continues. With this tradition at heart, today will be another warm destination.

The island province of Bali, Indonesia is located east of Java. Easily known to many as a sun destination,  the Island of the Gods has much more to offer. The southern region of Bali is among the most visited for these lush warm beaches yet the north also offers beaches – black sand beaches. The south also is popular with surfers and those enjoying an active night life. At the centre of the island is the city of Ubud. It is known as a cultural centre and offers much to see and do. The area offers popular cycling paths, beautiful trekking opportunities, historic Hindu temples, a plethora of colourful Balinese cultural performances, tasty cooking classes and more. Head to the east to visit Mount Agung, a stunning volcano with strong meaning to the island’s inhabitants. It seems to me that the small island of Bali has much to offer!

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Balinese Food – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Ubud Writers Festival

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Balinese Dancer – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – taken and owned by Yves Picq

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Sanur Beach, Bali – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Inkey

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