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Old towns along the Adriatc coastline, like Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, have their curiosities when it comes to architecture. The Mediterranean influence on buildings is certainly there, and it's infused with medieval inspiration and broad strokes of the necessities that life in these parts of the world brings with it. The old town of Sibenik as well as its area hold wonderful examples of that. I visited Sibenik three years in a row now, this year I won't be going back, but I decided to collect some curious and striking images of entrances, alleys and paths.

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This entrance, in the image above, used to be a functioning door of the church behind it, but over time, as the city got reconstructed, they were literally left hanging in the air.

Summer is in full swing all around the northern hemisphere, and while summer brings with it common sights and feelings, it's just not the same summer everywhere. That's why I decided to showcase some typical summer scenes from Southeast Europe, specifically the Balkan region. I have put together a set of images that will take us from Slovenia in the northwest, all the way to Greece in the far southeast, displayed in no particular order.

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1. Sailing into Summer

Sibenik, Croatia
Getting a new lens for my Canon 6D was long in the making. I had my eye on the L-Series of lenses that Canon makes, and knew from the get go that I would have to save up in order to get it. I finally decided on the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, which is advertised as the all-around L-lens, perfect for the traveler. I have it for two weeks now, and I can say I'm more then impressed by it. In this post I want to show you some test images, even though you will be seeing more of this lens from now on, on this blog.


We are finishing off our Zagreb travel series with one final set of nighttime images. This is the second "A Night in Zagreb" part and the third post overall from Croatia's capital city. I made good use of the Canon 6D once again when it came to night photography. After having escaped the narrow streets and walls of the Stone Gate from the previous part, we found ourselves discovering the more upbeat side of Zagreb's nightlife.

This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:
Part One: What to do in Zagreb
Part Two: Witch Hunt on the Stone Gate
Part Three: A Stroll through the City

In this part of our Zagreb travel series I want to take you into the night with us. And yes, we did visit major points of Zagreb at night (but more on that in the final part), but in this second part I want to concentrate on the Stone Gate in Zagreb, which is an important historic landmark. Here, to our complete surprise, we witnessed a witch hunt and a long-standing religious ceremony, that took us into the dark corners of this city...


This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:
Part One: What to do in Zagreb
Part Two: Witch Hunt on the Stone Gate
Part Three: A Stroll through the City

Maybe you have noticed my absence from the blog since last Friday, but I was on the road again. My sister Jasmina, friend Selma and I visited Croatia's capital city Zagreb, and now we're back and have a new three-part travel series to show you.

We didn't spend that much time in Zagreb, only two days, but it was enough to see the major attractions the city has to offer. So come along with us and enjoy the sights.

On a side note: All of these images have been taken with my new lens from the L-Series of Canon lenses, which I announced previously. More on my new gear after this travel series has ended.

This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:
Part One: What to do in Zagreb
Part Two: Witch Hunt on the Stone Gate
Part Three: A Stroll through the City

I love peaches. Summer brings them in abundance here, and if you don't want them to go bad, you  have to find other ways of using them up. I make lots of ice creams and sorbets during summer to cool us down, and I already posted a Peach Ice Cream Recipe last year. This recipe is for peach sorbet. It's refreshing, easy and so delicious. There are not a lot of ingredients (a thing I love about sorbets). Having an ice cream maker will help, but if you don't have one, I have listed instructions for that case as well. I hope you will enjoy this!


This past weekend we made a quick trip to our cottage at the foothills of mountain Prenj. Because of the heat, we arrived after the sun had started to set, but I still managed to get some images of the surroundings, and even a couple of shots from a place here, that I hadn't shown you previously. 

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I recently bought Nigella Lawson's book "How to be a Domestic Goddess - Baking and the art of comfort cooking". It's a really great cooking book, with many sweat treats but also savory baking options. I made her Mini Cheesecakes (modified the recipe just slightly, but it's Nigella's version). Since I made them in the middle of the night, I didn't take behind the scenes shots, but I couldn't omit the delicious result from this blog. I hope you try these.


I have a special love for Wildlife blogs, mostly because I don't take wildlife photos, so I have to live through others to get my fix of animals, countryside life, flowers and other plants. I love wildlife photography because it takes you out of your world. No matter if the views are close-ups or macros or wide shots of plains and mountains. I hope you will enjoy my selections (in no particular order) and that you will find something for yourself here.


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The Old Bridge in Mostar and its Old Town Area are on the UNSECO World Heritage List since 2005, which means that this year marks 10 years since this part of Mostar has been on the list. The city has organized a celebration of that occasion, including an elaborate light setup and a concert on the Neretva river bank. There were lots of people there, celebrating and enjoying the surroundings, including me. I went out with my camera to capture the sights.


As I have already written in my previous post, the full moon that was hovering above the city was calling out to me. So my sister, Beni and I packed up the photo gear and around 8 o'clock in the evening drove up the local mountain slopes. On top, almost mysterious sights greeted us. As the sun was setting and night started to approach the most vivid colors could be seen in the sky. At some points I didn't even know where to turn my camera.

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We had a great full moon last night, so I went out to get some shots after that sun had already set. On my way to the fields below the mountain Velez, I took these images of Mostar and the surrounding valley. I have been in these regions before, but never at this time, so I think I got some really nice photos from the dusk.


As I'm looking out of the window, the hot summer sun is reflected in the windows and cars. The mornings are already very warm, and as the day goes on, the day gets even hotter. Thoughts of beaches and the sea are still distant, but as summer vacations are approaching even they are crossing my mind. 

I recently purchased a doughnut baking mold, and ever since then I'm on the lookout for the perfect baked donuts recipes. I have made a couple, but this chocolate version is a real showstopper and indulgent treat. The recipe makes for 6 Donuts, which is conveniently the number of molds you get in the baking pan. It's a better alternative then frying Donuts, which usually adds lots of oil and calories. Leave the cocoa powder out and add some vanilla bean paste to the mix and you have excellent vanilla Donuts. You can really make lots of variations with this recipe. 
 


Summer Vacations are just around the corner, but there is this small stretch of time left until they are here. I have not yet made any plans for the 2015 summer season, but in order to get inspired I sifted through the vast archives of my photo library in search for previously unreleased summer shots. Some of these are new, some my personal favorites. I hope they will do to you what they did for me, and that is relax and calm me. So without further ado here are 15 Sunny Landscapes to get you in the Summer Mood.



We continue our stay in the mountains, as the day rears its head towards sunset. The dogs were jumping around as we reached the bottom of the valley. The journey so far was very enjoyable, but after our rest in the valley, the hike up hill waited for us. Luckily, the sights along the way made up for the heavy steps.

This is a two part photo series, and includes the following parts:
Part 1: A Hike into the Valley
Part 2: Into the Woods

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Summer is officially here and I had my friends Berina and Adi visiting this past weekend, with their dog Ambi, whom I have written about previously. We ventured out into the local mountains for a walk and to escape the busy city life. I have shown the mountain Rujiste a couple of times on this blog, most recently during the autumn season. Now summer has taken over, everything is in bloom, and it's almost as if you are visiting a completely new place. So come with us and explore the sights.

This is a two part photo series, and includes the following parts:
Part 1: A Hike into the Valley
Part 2: Into the Woods

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This weekend we are having some friends over for a visit, and they brought their dog Ambi with them. Beni and him had a great time together in our garden. They seem to have liked each other right from the start. So here are a couple of images I took yesterday. Enjoy them, and have a great rest of the Sunday. We are off for more fun.

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While I was recently visiting Vienna, my friends and I ate some Ice Cream at the Tichy Eissalon, which is a very popular gelateria there. We had the most amazing Hazelnut Ice Cream, and I posted a picture of it on my Facebook Page, a while back. The Ice Cream tasted superb, and every since we got back home we wanted to eat it again. But since traveling back for ice cream seems like a crazy idea that even we wouldn't do (although there is a lot we will do for food), I had the chore to recreate the recipe.