Taste of the Balkans

With so much social, political and economic turbulence throughout the world, there's irony and perhaps inspiration in finding the opposite where the term "balkanization" originated. Laura and I recently enjoyed a carefree trip to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro - stunningly beautiful countries running along the Adriatic coast of the Balkans. It's difficult to imagine the violence that shook this region in the recent past. All we encountered was dramatic scenery, wonderful food and friendly people.