We'll always have Croatia

Q My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary this autumn. We've been to many places -- England, Scotland, Italy, Czechoslovakia. I've never been to what's supposedly the most romantic city in Europe -- Paris -- but it doesn't appeal to me because I don't like to shop or sit around sipping coffee. We're active (I'm a golfer) and we like to explore and discover. We're thinking about Croatia. Do you think the destination is worthy of an anniversary celebration?

A Absolutely, Croatia -- with the history of Greece, the beauty of Italy, the romance of Paris -- is a great choice for an anniversary. Think tile roofs, blue waters, soaring cliffs: What's not romantic about that?

Split, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, sprang from a Greek colony and is known for the ruins of a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian. The old city of Dubrovnik, farther south on the coast, grew wealthy on trade during the Renaissance. Thick fortifying walls still stand -- you can walk on them -- and the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most stunning cities in the Mediterranean.

Farther north, you'll find something dear to your heart: golf courses. And there's also the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a gorgeous spot (also a UNESCO site) with a series of lakes connected by waterfalls.

For more ideas and to explore hotels, visit the Croatian National Tourism Board at www.croatia.hr.

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