One of the reasons we travel is to enjoy the differences between new scenes and those we have at home.
So who could blame me for falling head over heels for the countryside of Croatia and the people we met there?
The stone walls, little streams, feeling of antiquity bumping into modern life...
Croatia is a land of contrast at every turn.
I walked a long country lane, utterly alone with the birds and the crops lining the hillside, plucking a delicious wild fig and popping it into my mouth.
We left the tourist traps behind and instead listened to the murmur of a stream, coming back with wild sage honey and memories of a kindly people and a gentle climate.
I'm back in the studio, splashing in paints this afternoon, but I left a little corner of my heart on the hills of Croatia.