The village of Draga in Croatia with Paula Gilhooley

IMG_2801When you enter the Hamlet of Draga in the area of Primosten Burnji, a Dalmation village not far from Sibenik in Croatia, you are greeted by Dina the resident Donkey that guards the entrance to Father Don Stipelerkov’s residence.  The entire area has been designated a protected Ethno Village and the 16th and 17th century sone architecture reflects the traditions of those times.  In this

IMG_2804village the time honored traditions of living from the products of the land is followed.  The area is surrounded by fields containing grapes, olive trees, almond trees, etc. Cooking is still done in traditional kitchens or Konobas.

We are greeted by Father Stipelerkov and offered some Grappa and almonds while he tells us about the history of the village and his property.  He has preserved many artifacts of the area in a small museum that contains art and tools that reflect the long traditions of the area. The complex contains several buildings arranged around a small plaza.  In one room off the plaza we are served a traditional lunch consisting of soup, prosciutto, cheese, bread, olive oil, figs and the wine of the house, Babic.

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