Welcome to my second website on Croatia.
Should you wish to visit my first website,click on to it here:- http://www.thecroatianflyer.com/ which gives you much detail on the City of Rovinj, Istra, Croatia.
Also from "thecroatianflyer.com",you'll be able to book direct with Croatian People,(like you can also do,from this website.)
Information on Croatian Wine/Vineyards, can also be found in more detail at my first website .And if you read my blog,you'll find out about my efforts in getting Croatian Wine back to the U.K.(where it could be found before the Balkan War!)
In September 1997, I visited Rovinj, Istra, Croatia,for the very first time.I have visited at least twice a year since those days of my first visit,and will again be in Rovinj, this September,at the time of the St.Euphemia Festival.Rovinj, is for lovers of Art.Some of my pubished poems are to be found in Anthologies here(and on Hvar.)
In this website,essentiallycroatia.com, I hope to provide more pictures and further information, not just on Rovinj and Istra, but it will feature Zagreb,Primosten,Split,Trogir, and other places, to encourage you too,to make a visit,taste and bring home some of Croatia's excellent Wines,now also available in the Duty Free Area of Croatian Airports!
The wines have won several Decanter Silver and Gold Awards.They have also been highly rated by American Wine "Buff"Robert Parker.Wines are now exported to the USA and U.K. They have featured for over 6 years at the London International Wine Fair(Trade only.)and various Wine Exhibitions both in Europe and the USA.
From the United Kingdom, many cheap airlines are now flying to Pula Airport in Istra. My preference in flying is with the Croatian National Carrier,Croatia airlines,whom I have flown with, All -Year-Around,from London Airports,since the year 2000,to Pula,Zagreb,Split and Dubrovnik.You will also be able to sample Croatian Wines when choosing to fly with Croatia airlines!(If you can't fly this year,at the very least try some Croatian wine, exported outside Croatia,including into the U.K.)
And remember,the character,"James Bond-007" and the film,"From Russia With Love,"The Kornati Archipelago,part of the Kornati National Park, situated in northern Dalmatia,not far from Sibenik, featured in the famous Speed Boat Chase!
You too,can visit this area by boat, whether it be on an organised day-trip, or by sailing boat, chartered from the many marinas along the Croatian Adriatic Coast.
I have five favourite Croatian Music Artists, Davor Terzic ,http://youtu.be/iZ4DR4KqsFs,and Kristian Terzic ,from Rovinj,their infomation can be found on "thecroatianflyer.com",and Rovinj'sBrass Band,at http://youtu.be/jKrCK-fcmm4 Henk Verdonkschot & Ivica Vucelja of "PIRATI".Henk's Balada (for Manuela)at http://youtu.be/UGCuoRnUliA
Danijela Martinovic, who represented & won for Croatia,Eurovision.She performed "OAZA" in September 2005 in Rovinj and has a website at http://danijelamartinovic.com/ and I understand from my Croatian friends she comes from the Split Area of the Country.Both have CD's available,which can be ordered by post from CroatiaRecords.(see "SHOP CROATIA".)But for a taster,sung in Croat, Click on the MP3 Jukebox above,to hear "POLA POLA",sung by Danijela Martinovic.Or you can view Danijela Martinovic i Kemal Monteno singing - ovako ne mogu dalje http://youtu.be/EiLz79pecGU or (SPLIT 2013,)"CAPPUCCINO"http://youtu.be/w5thYC-Y8Ks
In September 2010,a film crew came to Rovinj.World Class Actor/Actress.Some pictures captured can be found in the "Rovinj Gallery".Film went Public around about June 2011,
Croatian Music Artist, Mr.Tony Cetinski, sang in 1993 "Santa Eufemia"Known in Istra as "Mr.Rovinj", his song is for the locals who celebrate every year on the 16th September https://youtu.be/RGwiPtQx4JU
Party Band, all round entertainers who sing in english,with popular worldwide known songs such as "YMCA" https://youtu.be/08biNLbF9hs
I hope you'll travel to Croatia,and enjoy it,- like I do!