Tag Archives: Croatia

Bikers back-ting

Well, one is back-ting and one is just living. Marlon Brando as Johnny in “The Wild One” (1953) Croatian biker on the boat in the Adriatic, taken by yours truly

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“I should have been dead ten times over. I’ve thought about that a lot. I believe in miracles. It’s an absolute miracle that I’m still around.” — Dennis Hopper

It’s his birthday today. I’m so glad I used one of my columns at Film Comment -now on hiatus – to sing the praises of Dennis Hopper’s wild and nihilistic Out of the Blue, starring Linda Manz and Hopper. Of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Dubravka Ugrešić

I return to her The Museum of Unconditional Surrender again and again. A classic in the canon of books dealing with being forced to live in exile. But there are so many other books: Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, Culture … Continue reading

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Happy 20th birthday (WTF) to The Sheila Variations

That pic of me – taken by Michael – graced the top of my original blog, when I set it up 20 years ago today. I never should have put my picture up – it led to a lot of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Just how I pictured it, but more

Wandering through Dubrovnik.

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Photo of the Day: Wind

Wind farm on a stormy day in Croatia. I’m glad this one came out. I was in a moving car, and said car was being buffeted about by the blasts of wind.

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Photo of the Day: Napoleon was here

This isn’t much of a photo but the story behind them makes it interesting. Napoleon’s presence is still felt all over Croatia. His forts perch on top of mountains. One of our guides spoke of him with admiration: he came … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: The unobtrusive Cathedral of Zagreb

At the end of our trip in Croatia, we headed inland from the coast to Zagreb, where we were going to be flying out from. We had less than a day in Zagreb, and I loved it so much I … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Hvar at first light

The island of Hvar is a magical place, so richly textured with different cultures and empires that they’re basically like striations of rock. There are the Venetians and all they left behind. Napoleon left his traces too. My cousin Rachel … Continue reading

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Croatia: Oh my God, Zagreb

I guess I wasn’t prepared for Zagreb. Robert Kaplan starts out his beautiful travelogue/history Balkan Ghosts in Zagreb. It’s his jumping-off point into the depths of the Balkans, and I think he started it there since Zagreb is one of … Continue reading

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