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Singing and Sailing in Croatia, 2019

by: Jennifer Richardson on

 

Back in 2007 on our first Singing and Sailing in Croatia trip with Stuart Davis we were fortunate to hear a wonderful local 'Klapa' group that really stood out for me. Apart from singing these gorgeous romantic Dalmatian songs about the life on the islands, this group sang songs from the hinterland that were completely different and recognisably balkan. But what really struck me was how some songs were so familiar and sounded like the sounds of pacific islander music... I closed my eyes and listened and the sounds transported me to Samoa, although the words were Croatian.

So I got chatting with their lead singer and director Mario Markovina. Mario impressed me with his rich baritone voice and his knowledge as an ethnomusicologist and also as a brilliant maestro to many 'klapa groups. I found he was highly respected throughout the Dalmatian Coast for both his skills and his warm and extremely inspiring nature. So naturally I invited Mario to co-direct our event this year.

 


 

Singing and Sailing along the Dalmation Coast

by: Jennifer Richardson on

The intrepid traveler goes in search of new adventures to offer my fellow singers as well as cooks.. and I was pleasantly surprised to find some gorgeous a cappella music here.

Check out these local a cappella groups from the Dalmation Coast.

 

I think there will be a Singing and Sailing trip coming up soon with one of our hero choir directors and some local celebrity involvement .. you can tell me what you think of this idea too >>

Food, wine on the Dalmation Coast

by: Jennifer Richardson on

I traveled 30 hours - Sydney - Singapore - London - Zagreb - Split and possied up in a sweet room with a view.  I'm one happy camper!

I'm here for a week long recce to further explore the food, wine, singing and culture of the Dalmation Coast and of this little town before our Sailing and Culture trip departs to other islands on Saturday. I have to say that I am not disappointed.

Recce trips can be fun and it has been easy slipping into a routine here. The day begins with a walk through the old town to the cafe so I get my caffeine hit and take in the atmosphere, I then head off to the markets to buy my food for lunch. Walking through the vibrant market and stopping to buy delicious fresh produce is my kind'a heaven.

 

My favorite little piazza for morning coffee.

Trogir Markets.

 Winding my way back through these gorgeous little alleys is such a delight.

 And again the food... think fresh, think Mediterranean.. Adriatic to be more precise.

 This little town really does it for me with all it's light and shade

Plans for another cooking and culture retreat are nicely brewing.

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