TOP 5 attractions in Cologne (Köln)

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We are in Cologne (Köln), Germany! We didn’t have time to explore it all, so this time we are breaking down only TOP 5 attractions in this 2,000 year old city.

1.Cologne Cathedral
Grand Gothic cathedral with twin spires is  the “face” of Cologne city and also the most visited landmark in Germany, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.
We cannot decide if it is more glorious from outside or inside?

2. Groß St. Martin
Second part of Cologne skyline is the tower of “The great St.Martin’s church”. We loved how the church merged with colorful Cologne old town houses. It is the most perfect Instagram location. We only wish we had more sun there. So, if you are looking for a perfect photo location, plan better than us :).

3. Hohenzollern Bridge
It is a pedestrian and rail bridge that connects Cologne Cathedral with Rheinboulevard. On the walking path to the other side you will find “love padlocks” on the bridge fences. If you are in love and into things like this, buy the padlock, write your names and throw away the key into the river Rhein so your love can last forever.
From the other side of the bridge, on Rheinboulevard, you will get the most perfect view of the city, a specially in sunset. Get a beer (wine, juice, water, whatever you prefer) and chill on the boulevard steps while enjoying the most glorious sunset.

4. KölnTriangle skyscraper
This is a second sunset spot, but also observation deck. Top floor offers the panoramic view of the city, including the Cathedral.
Entrance fee is 3€ per person and you can find working hours -> HERE.

5. Museums 
Cologne has over 30 museums and we, unfortunately, didn’t have time to see any. The top of our wish list is Chocolate Museum, but if you plan to visit Cologne you can also explore: Museum Ludwig, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Fondation Corboud, Romano-Germanic Museum, Museum of Applied Art design, Museum Schnütgen and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.

The main reason why we didn’t have any museum time is shopping and food, which is also the big part of this lovely city.

We got the feeling like shopping and shoppers are everywhere in this city! This could easily be the most popular activity for tourists. I’ve found that the most popular shopping streets are Schildergasse and Hohe Straße, but you can also have a peak in Ehrenstraße and Mittelstraße.

Food is the second tourist activity and you should definitely indulge in gourmet food that city offers, sweet and sour.

To conclude, we are most definitely coming back to this city. With open mind (to visit some museums) with empty bags (to do more shopping) and empty stomach (to try more local food). Who is with us?

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Eilat, Israel’s resort city

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We are in Israel! Some of you probably already know that from our last blog with Tourist Israel (BLOG).

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We have chosen to have our “base” in Eilat, the most southern Israeli city, mostly because our Ryanair flight landed there. We didn’t know much about this city and what we’ve found out is that it is basically resort city on the Red Sea devoted to sun, fun, diving, nightlife and activities in it’s surrounding area. Being very close to Egypt and Jordan, there are several tours you can book from Eilat to Pyramids of Giza and Petra.

Find more tours here -> EGYPT
-> JORDAN

It is also a great base for exploring northern Israel. We booked Dead Sea, Jerusalem & Bethlehem tour. Find tour -> HERE

Find more tours here -> MASADA
-> NEGEV DESERT

AIRPORT
It is the smallest airport we have ever landed in! Even though it is not allowed to take pictures, I managed to snap quick one with my phone :).

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  • check if you need visa to enter Israel as a tourist
  • passport control will give you ENTRY CARD. They do not put stamps in your passports due to “stamp juggle” (several countries denying entry with Israel stamp). Entry card is an evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
    Keep it with your passport until you leave Isreal.
  • passport control will give you EXIT CARD. Keep it with you until you pass passport control in country you are traveling to.

TRAVELER’S TIP

  • take a bus to the city! Bus route No.282 will take you from Ovda airport to Eilat Main Bus Station, without intermediate stops! Price is approx. 10 EURO per person, for return ticket. You can buy a ticket from the driver (cash only, in Israeli nis.) or at Ovda airport, next to a baggage carousel at special point. City Transportation website is actually in English and you can even book it online -> HERE
  • don’t change money on the airport, unless you really need it. If you need it for a bus transfer to the city, then change only exact amount you need for bus ticket. There is “Exchange office” on Main Bus Station (final stop  of No.282 bus) with much better rate.

ACCOMMODATION
We’ve booked an apartment in the city, close to Main Bus Station and Eilat City Airport, since we wanted to get that “local feels”. However, like I said at the beginning, Eilat is resort city, so you can find numerous hotels on the Read Sea beaches.

Find accommodation -> HERE

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ATTRACTIONS

  1. Dolphin Beach
  • take a bus No.15 from Main Bus Station. It is 15 minute ride that costs approx. 3 EUR.
  • bring snorkeling gear, there is live Coral Reef underwater on Dolphin beach
  • bring a book, buy a drink at the bar and chill in the lounge located in wooden complex on the beach (you can also find food at the bar for a reasonable price)
  • swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Reef

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2. Explore the Underwater Marine Observatory

3. Visit Timna Park

4. Try a new water-sport: windsurfing, kite surfing, water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and parasailing. Wohooo!

5. Relax on the Eilat Beaches

 

 

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6. Go shopping, Eilat is a tax-free zone! Eilat’s main shopping area is around the Ocean Mall shopping center and along Eilat’s Promenade.

7. Explore the Main promenade! There you will find stylish restaurants, clothing stores, cosmetics & gifts shops and so much more.

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8. Try the food!

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9. Try 24/7 Eilat bakery!

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Bratislava TOP attractions

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As you already know from our previous blog, we are in Bratislava, Slovakia. Read “Where to stay in Bratislava” blog -> HERE. I promised that the next blog will be about attractions and where to eat, so let’s start with some Bratislava views!

-> Slavin is memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava. Very big way to commemorate thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II, if you ask us. Slavin is situated in a very rich villa quarter, on top of a hill, which offers amazing views of the city and Bratislava Castle.

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-> Bratislava Castle is is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It was built in the 9th century and, since then, it crowned 11 kings and 8 queens! Crazy, right? Nowadays, it is a home of the Slovak National Museums. Entrance fee is approx. 10 EUR. If you are not a “museum kind of person”, it is still cool, free and easy to walk up to the Castle. There is beautiful park surrounding the Castle and it, obviously, offers amazing city and Danube river views.

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-> UFO Observation Deck is the third, and last, city view point that we saw. It is located just a few minute walk from the Old Town, on the other side of the New Bridge. The bridge walk is actually very fun as well! Crossing the Danube river is always impressive, because Danube is glorious. Am I the only one who thinks Danube is glorious?? Anyhow, walk there on one side and return, to the city, from the other side of bridge, because that way you can see cities from both sides of bridge.
UFO Deck is actually built in New Bridge (Nový most, or also called Most SNP). You go to the deck in the elevator 95 meters (312 feet) up, which costs approx. 7 EUR (for adult). They said UFO offers views up to 100 kilometer distance, so we had to try it!

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Ok, now let’s go to the Old Town. There are few main attractions which you can walk around:
-> St. Michael’s Gate/Tower, the only city gate which is preserved since Medieval times. Inside the tower is Museum of Weapons and City Fortifications. Under the gate you can find Zero kilometer stone, which counts the distance from Bratislava to other cities in the world.

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-> Old Town Hall, on Main Square, is a home to Museum of City History which has examples of Medieval torture instruments, in the basement. You can also check out Primatial Palace, Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre and St. Martin’s Cathedral which are located in the Old Town area.

It is amazing just getting lost in streets of Bratislava. We decided to skip entering museums and had fun wandering around the Old town.

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-> Let’s not forget Bratislava’s got quite a few statues around the old town: Cumil, Schone Naci, Napoleon soldier and Paparazzi. They are waiting you, patiently, to take photo with them. Sometimes, being the tourist is so much fun!

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-> Grassalkovich Palace and Gardens, is official residence of Slovak President. In front of the palace there is a fountain in a shape of the Earth as a symbol of freedom and palace is guarded by Presidential guards. They have daily changes of the guards, similar to the well-known Queen’s Guard change in London. 

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Those are our favorites! What other attraction would you recommend to add to our list? While you think of that, let us show you our TOP picks to EAT in Bratislava!

RE:FRESH restaurant and club in Bratislava Old Town. Their restaurant offers quality meat food, but they have also very innovative vegetarian and vegan menus. Finally place where everybody can eat whatever they want! Well…whatever is on the menu and they want it 🙂
They also have night club in the basement. Check their party schedule before you come to Bratislava.

Find Re:Fresh-> HERE

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URBAN CAFE Bistro is a very nice and warm place, right next to St. Michael’s Gate. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can just get coffee & cake and do some laptop work there, like we did :).

Find them -> HERE

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UFO Deck also has bar & restaurant. Such a cool place to chill with cup of coffee, right?

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TOP 5 VISITED BLOGS – CROATIA

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We are working again, that means sitting home on our laptops, planing and editing. Until we plan our new adventure we are bringing you our TOP 5 visited blog posts!

These are YOUR favorite posts of all time:

1. Wellness and Spa Weekend
We visited Villa Magdalena, in Krapinske toplice, perfect place for relaxation, wellness and amazing gourmet experience. We know two couples that visited Villa after seeing our blog post, are you planing to visit soon? Tell us in comments if you are interested and we will try to get you a discount :).
Read more about our Wellness and Spa Weekend: https://goo.gl/XyW71Q

2. How many lakes do you have Imotski?
We visited town of Imotski, hidden deep in the Dalmatian inland. Picturesque little town on a hill with, not one, but two most impressive lakes, Blue and Red.
Read more about our visit here: https://goo.gl/RB2Jjw

3. Behind the business meeting in Vis
Maya‘s family has a house on island Vis, so we look for any excuse to visit island. This time we were there on business, but we managed to film some behind the scenes for you.

Read more about our visit here: https://goo.gl/Fg6xRq

4. Senko’s konoba, island Vis food paradise
We were invited by Senko Karuza, the best Croatian short-story writer, to his konoba (type of Dalmatian restaurant) in little town by the sea, Mala Travna (Mola Trovna, as locals call it). Senko is not only the best writer, he is also artist in kitchen.

Read more about our visit here: https://goo.gl/SLQqV7

5. Autumn on Hvar island, Croatia
Maya visited HVAR island with her girls and Diano stayed in our Split home editing Frode Borge videos.
Read more about our visit here: https://goo.gl/CdNbUe

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Autumn on Hvar island, Croatia

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We are taking a break from YouTube this week, but that doesn’t mean other channels will suffer. We have been posting on Instagram and Facebook regularly.

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I (Maya) visited HVAR island last weekend with my girls and Diano stayed in our Split home editing Frode Borge videos. Check him out, if you haven’t already -> Frode.

So, since we took a break from video I packed light. That means no Lumix, no GoPro, no tripod, no Mavic drone (pictures will be lover quality). Just swim suit, warm clothes for night time (always bring warm clothes when visiting island) and jumped on Jadrolinija ferry from Split with Andrea & Maja. We took car with us, which made ferry ticket super expensive. Find prices here -> Car ferry.

On island Hvar, we arrived in Stari Grad. It was very late, so we had dinner in the city.
Our pick was cozy little tavern called “La Gitana“, recommended by my friend Tea. The food was amazing and it’s host, Mateo, wonderful! He welcomed us to island with couple shots of rakija and good time.

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We booked lovely Pension Tamaris in Sveta Nedjelja on south side of island Hvar. Book accommodation on island Hvar -> HERE. There isn’t much to do in Sveta Nedjelja and we wanted just that – do nothing. We ended up doing so much of “nothing”, so keep reading :).

In the morning we had coffee in our Pension with a million dollar view.

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We went for a walk around the village. This picturesque place by the sea is famous for Zlatan otok Marina, Restaurant and under sea wine cellar.

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When in Sveta Nedjelja, you cannot miss the Lučišća beach. Take a swim in crystal clear turquoise blue sea.

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We had late lunch/early dinner in “Dvor Duboković Tavern” in village Pitve, typical Dalmatian village with stone houses, narrow paved streets and untouched nature.

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After dinner, we drove to city of Hvar for a drink. There isn’t much to say about Hvar, that I haven’t already. City has so much beauty and history, on one hand, and crazy night life, on the other. It is also the most expensive city on island, so come “money prepared”.

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Next, and our last day, we went for a morning swim. Having a car on island Hvar is an amazing thing. You wake up in the morning and just pick one, of many beautiful beaches, for your morning swim. This time we drove (and walked) to Gromin Dolac beach. From Zavala the dirt road leads east towards the village of Gromin Dolac. We found a parking in the woods and walked to series of perfectly clean, azure blue beaches.

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We were alone for hours, just enjoying quiet crickets song, smell of pine forests and the calm beauty of Adriatic sea. Only thing that was able to move us from that beach was HUNGER :). We hoped in car and drove to Vrbovska for lunch. Food was horrible, skip Konoba Lem, but city is lovely.

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Last night in Hvar, we bumped into my friend Žile, remember him from our Escape blog? He invited girls to see Escape, so after lunch, he & Monga picked us up with boat in Basina bay and drove us to hidden Escape location. Girls loved it!

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When I reflect on this trip, I have a feeling like we were on Hvar for a month, but in reality it was just 2 days. Having 2 days off, sometimes, it is all the time you need to recharge. Honestly, being with Andrea and Maja on this trip, made Hvar so much better!

Call your friends right now and organize trip to Hvar! Take a car and visit several places, like we did. If you have questions about how to get to certain beach, food cost or tips for car transport, hit us down with question in comments. I would love to help you!

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Behind the business meeting in Vis

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We are back in VIS island, CROATIA! Maya‘s family has a house there, so we look for any excuse to visit island. This time we were there on business, but we managed to film some behind the scenes for you.

We took Jadrolinija ferry from Split. Return ticket fee is approx. 15 EUR. You can find seasonal prices here -> FERRY TICKET.

Ferry docks in Vis city ferry port and the entrance in the bay is always magnificent! If you are not in a hurry, stay on ferry deck and watch city from bird view.

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Maya’s father and his brother have house in middle of the island, in little village named Zena Glava (eng. Woman Head). You can find accommodation here: VIS island.

We love coming to Zena Glava, enjoying life in a peace and quiet. In winter times we come to harvest olive trees Maya’s father, Nikša, has planted there. We dream about the day when we will have something beautiful as Nikša’s Olive garden.

When we are with Nikša, we always go to Komiža. This time, we took quick detour at place called “The red rock’s”(Crvene stijene), right above Komiža city. This place contains more than a dozen trails up for free climbers. It also hides one of many Tito’s tunnels. Vis has always been of significant strategic importance for World War II leader Tito, that’s is why he built tunnels and bases all around the island.

When in Komiža we always take a walk down the riva promenade. One picture you can count 100% you will catch, is local elderly siting at benches by the sea.

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We always, but always, have a drink at Speed bar. We are there so much that we actually met the owner :).

If you are looking for good place to eat, KONOBA BARBA, has our highest recommendation.

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Robinson style vacation on Drvenik Mali

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We are in Drvenik Mali, tiny island near Trogir. Our friends Maja and Milan have been posting their summer pictures on Instagram (make sure you follow them -> majaimore) and gave us serious wanderlust! So, we invited ourselves :).

We drove from Split to Trogir and parked our car there. There are free parking places in the city (if you have time and patience to look for it), but you can also leave your car on paid Public parking, near Jadrolinija ticket office. Maja and Milan have a car on island, so we didn’t have to go with ours. However, you can take car on board the ferry to Drvenik Mali, but then you have to embark in ferry port Seget Donji (not Trogir). The boat departs from the Trogir and Seget Donji waterfront to Drvenik Mali and back to Trogir every day.

So, we took Jadrolinija ferry in Trogir and enjoyed smooth sail to Drvenik Mali. Keep in mind, ferry’s first stop is Drvenik Veli, you go out on second stop.

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Island has no paved roads and there is not much to do there; but it has beaches from your dreams! Maja & Milan studio house has no TV, internet or electricity, but has outdoor fireplace and two happy people! Let’s not forget Marina Abaza inflatable bed (without a plug) and there is nothing else you need for stress free vacation.

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Their house is in Vela Rina bay, well hidden beautiful sandy beach in the of middle Dalmatia. So, all you have to do in the morning is take your beach towel, swimsuit & flipflops (well, camera too, if you are photography freak, like us) and stroll down to the beach.

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Wellness and Spa Weekend

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We are in Krapinske toplice!! We are visiting perfect place for relaxation, wellness and amazing gourmet experience, Villa Magdalena.

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We took A1 highway from Split and had 5 hour drive to Croatian Zagorje. Krapinske Toplice are just 45 km from Zagreb.

Villa Magdalena has 6 apartments and 18 double rooms. Our room was simply wonderful and bed was super comfortable! Room had balcony with view of mountain Medvednica and hydro massage bathtub, in the living room, with chromo therapy and spring thermal water. Mindblowing!

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On Villa’s top floor is a wellness oasis with heated indoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, showers, heating seats, balcony with deck chairs and a gym.

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Hotel also offers massages and we gladly booked 4, well 2 each :). Our review is simple: Book as many massages as you can afford! Getting a massage, with calm and relaxing music in background you can easily free yourself from everyday stress, refresh your body and find a moment for yourself.

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Last, but not least, Hotel restaurant was real gastro experience. Their professional, young, staff was flawless. We had half board; breakfast and dinner included in our accommodation price. We booked Wellness romance package, but you can choose from several other packages they offer. Find more information here: VILLA MAGDALENA.

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We are back next Monday with new island experience.

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We had a day cruise, you can have a week!

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We are on a cruise, wohoooo! Yacht Korab invited us for one day cruise on Brač island. Isn’t that amazing? We have been trying to find different ways to escape everyday life and being on the sea is definitely a good way to relax and get away.

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Step one: get on board Korab Yacht and sail away. The sun deck is perfect to take sip of your coffee or just read a book with the sound of the sea.

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Step two: jump from the top of the boat and swim in hidden Croatian bays. Korab is equipped with kayak and stand up paddle board if get bored with “regular swimming and snorkeling”.

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Step three: have typical Mediterranean lunch on Korab deck, while sailing by magical Adriatic little towns.

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Step four: “go back”, unfortunately that was situation for us, but you can stay over night. The yacht is designed to accommodate 12 passengers in 6 luxury cabins equipped with a bathroom. One-week and two-week cruises are on offer. Choose a route and create your own vacation & gastro delight.

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Big thanks to Mate, owner and captain, for letting us see Yacht Korab’s magic for a day.

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Take your pleasures seriously

Wanna cake?

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We indulge our “sweet pleasures” whenever we can and as much as we can. This time road took us to Split, Croatia, local pastry shop called “O’š kolač” (which name translates “do you want a cake?”). Yes, is such an obvious answer.

Shop is tucked away from Split busy streets in Ćiril Metodova 4, where we were greeted with two pelicans at the entrance and swept away how cute shop is designed.

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O’š kolač is paradise for people who take their “sweet pleasures” seriously. Who can resist bite of olive oil, lavender and rosemary biscuits with mascarpone and honey cream, all arranged perfectly in cookie “Čičak” (transl. Burdock)? We know Maya can’t :).

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In O’š kolač pastry shop you can find cakes, cookies, biscuits, fresh juices, “golden milk”, coffee and cold tea selections. Well thought out little bites full of flavors.

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Pastry chef and O’š kolač owner Tea Mamut, once, served famous movie stars (such as Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Roger Federer), now she is serving us, humans! We were lucky enough and met her. It is safe to say Maya was starstruck 🙂

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We tried almost everything in the shop and picked our favorites. Diano’s favorite is “Šinjorina Malina” (transl. Miss Raspberry) and Maya’s “Buža” (transl. Hole).

Let us know which one is yours!

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