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An unforgettable day with the Sladic family June 17th

The standout experience of our happy visit to Croatia came on our last day. We were grateful to the whole family Sladic for inviting us into their lives during the busiest weeks of their year.In Croatia, the helichrysum that is distilled for its essential oil is collected from the wild, and management of this valuable [...]

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A cure for sore feet and a tired mind June 16th

Returning to our sanctuary in Split after a day of exploration, we take out a small bundle of the aromatic herbs we collected that day. Please understand that under normal circumstances I do not condone the collecting of wildflowers. Today however I made an exception, being careful to only take small amounts of plants that [...]

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A trip to the island of Hvar June 15th

Taking the ferry to Hvar, one of the largest islands on the south Dalmatian coast, we arrived in Stari Grad town and picked up a car to explore the island. Leaving town we took the tiny, winding road in the direction of Velo Grablje and were soon rewarded with the site of banks of wild [...]

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Arriving on the Dalmatian coast June 14th

Arriving by boat in the port of Split at 7am on Saturday, it is immediately clear that we are in a Mediterranean town. The Green Market is full of stalls piled high with the most gorgeous fruits and berries, figs, honey and cheeses. It is also clear the herbal healing is still central to the [...]

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A brief transit through Italy June 13th

To get to our next destination, Split, Croatia, we are flying to Milan, Italy and taking the high speed train to Ancona on the coast, before embarking on the night ferry that will carry us across the Adriatic Sea to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. The Mediterranean climate here favors all kinds of aromatic plants, and essential oils of lavender, sage [...]

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Uniquely Bulgarian spa experience in Sofia June 12th

Moving from the countryside to the capital Sofia in preparation for our early morning departure to Milan, Italy we decided that some spa time was in order. We were fortunate to be able to book sessions with Dani Krachmarov at the Ecomaat Academy. An adept spa therapist and lead educator for Ecomaat since 12 years, we were excited to [...]

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A botanical excursion in the hills above Etropol June 11th.

Having delivered our graphic designer Anu to Sofia airport for her return to Germany, we decided to take the long, scenic route home. Driving into the Central Balkans Reserve, we passed through the town of Etropol. We were struck by the degree of deprivation and decay in the town, and the stark contrast between its dilapidated apartment blocks and the stunning natural [...]

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Back at the distillery to see the distillation process

Returning to the distillery after lunch, we find Atanas and his father, a skilled engineer, at work tending the massive stills. In Bulgaria, roses are traditionally distilled in a two-step process, using a combination of hydro- and steam distilling. The deceptively simple recipe is 300 kilos of roses in one and a half tons of [...]

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With the rose harvesters June 10th 9am

Returning to the fields at around 9am, we found a dozen pickers busy at work. The warming morning sun had already dried the dew from the flowers and they were opening their faces to the sky. The heady scent of roses was all around and I got a lesson in rose picking from an expert. Retreating [...]

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In the rose fields June 10th 6.30am

Jumping out of bed at 6am, we headed out for our first site of the rose harvest. Expecting the pickers to be already at work we were surprised to find ourselves alone in a dewy, misty morning landscape.  Walking between the rows of rose bushes, we could see some of the challenges of growing the organic [...]

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