Croatian Summer Holiday- Mediterranean Inspiration

Whether it’s cream teas and picnics on Dartmoor or sweet dates and peppermint tea in a Marrakesh riad, summer holidays excite all of ones senses.

I’ve just returned from Croatia. It was a familiar yet distinctive place. The Adriatic Sea sweeps along the coast, bright turquoise waters meeting blue skies and bobbing boats peppering the bays.

S and I stayed in a beautiful little apartment in the old town of Split with my little brother and his girlfriend. We all love to eat so we devoured both the culture and the cuisine of the Roman city built by Emperor Diocletian in circa 300 A.D.

What was once the basement of Diocletian’s Palace is now a lively bazar. Here I bought a beautiful carved Croatian Rasotica limestone bowl with deep swirls of orange, pale jade and cream granite.

I always like to take at least one momento with me to remind me of the trips I’ve taken, the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. Each time one glimpses that these objects one can be transported!

Smell is of course deeply evocative too. I couldn’t help but pluck and pocket a big spring of the abundant lavender growing on the terrace of the cliff top perched restaurant Dvor, we ate at on our last evening in Croatia…



Designers Guild stunning azure Oparu voile’s shimmering turquoise and blue tones reminds me of the crystal waters and fishing nets of the Adriatic Coast