Macola

Coming from Zagreb to Dalmatia – back in the old days; before the highway – we were taking the very scenic road through Lika and usually making a stop in Borje in Korenica (Titova Korenica back then). Sometimes in the 90s that all changed and Macola became the one and only stop for buses, trucks, travelers of all sorts… I would say that Macola is one of the “must experience” places in Croatia. It is not because of the food – as I never had anything memorable there, nor decor – 90s chic with a hint of 80s romantic movement mixed with stuffed animals – and not even the service which is generally quite good. Macola is all that and more: an authentic place where you meet real Croatians no matter if they are loggers in the nearby woods, top lawyers driving latest Benz or philosophy students riding the bus to Zagreb…

Stuffed bears
Memorable scene

The food in general is quite good but it is nothing fancy. The portions are fit for folks from Lika: huge.

Mixed meat platter
Mixed meat platter

Other dishes include local classics like sarma, stuffed peppers, gulash… and most of them are ready in minutes as Macola is the place where all buses stop for fast meal. Some sort of traditional Fast food Croatian way. Anyway, you will probably see bus drivers sitting at a special table. That is because the owner, Macola, used to be a bus driver himself before starting his restaurant. Bus drivers get to eat for free and, in return, they stop there for 30 min break (…or so: haven’t ridden the bus in ages) bringing (literally) buses of people.

Another attraction of Macola is a small ZOO behind the main restaurant building. Deer, two bears, wild boar!

Deer
Wild deer

This is probably the closest one can get to a brown bear…

Brown bear
Brown bear

There are about 1000 brown bears in Croatia and they are remarkably peaceful and do very little damage to people compared to other countries. Scientists are saying that is because Croatia has lots of uninhabited regions where they can roam freely and they don’t have the need to feed on garbage…

Brown bear at the playground
Brown bear at the playground

So, if you have kids and like animals, this is simply a must! And it was a beautiful day to relax in mud 🙂

Mom and baby
Mom and baby

If  taking the highway, there is a new Macola there as well. Just at the gas station and resting place Zir.  First one after Sv Rok tunnel if traveling from Dalmatia north. I have not seen the animals there but the rest is in place as well as a small hotel next to a restaurant.

For more info: http://www.macola.hr/

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The Doors of Vis Town

Each summer I spend several days on Vis. My wife’s family is from Vis so we have an old stone house to stay in making each our stay quite memorable. Vis town is a very special place: historic, charming, slow paced an easy going: it is a typical Dalmatian town. It was a military base for Yugoslav army for over 50 years and that helped preserving both the historic core and the island itself. The ugly modern construction is mostly of later date and, if you ask me, all those disgusting, ugly apartment houses in small bays would make perfect targets for Croatian navy practice…

The town of Vis itself is still nicely preserved and most of the reconstructions done have been tastefully incorporated in the old town core. But my eye always goes to the doors…

Vis town is a treasure trove of beautiful old doors! Some dating from 18th and 19th century, some from early 1900s, some from after WW2… but each one of them is unique and tells it’s own stories hiding and protecting their owners for generations.

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