Far away from a city where I live in, where people now are trapped in concrete flats, there is a small wooden hut, a shepherd’s shelter. It has been here for a while, but no one uses at this time. It could be a safe haven for someone, a comfort, a freedom from life in quarantine that we now are living in – in the days of virus that trapped us. This small cottage could be a dream to come back to, something that we, not so long ago, run away from.
– Natasa Nikolic
No, no, it is not Tuscany, though the resemblance is undeniable. It is Istria, an astonishing peninsula that found a place in my heart long time ago. This piece of land is so thrilling that months are needed to travel around it. I enjoy it with my family every year fully. It is peaceful yet exciting with magnificent heritage colours and nature that give me thrills and sometimes I don’t know which way to look firstly. Oh my, just have to explore it again and again!
– Ivana Crnogorac
While we were crossing long and straight muddy road across the fields, we saw shapes of the ancient object that we were looking for. It was such a blessing moment, in the middle of nowhere, to spot a heard of deer jumping and running in the distance near the lonely building. It was so fantastic, that for a second it seemed as a dream: the low sunlight, animals and the remains of the monastery.
We wondered how it is possible for a whole settlement to disappear, who were the people and monks that once lived here, built here, had customs that we do not know noting of. The only witness of generations of people that formed a settlement called Araca are these bricks, formed in marvelous structure that is breathtaking, stunning and grievous in the same time.
But to be there and to feel the atmosphere and bread the clear air of times gone by and just about to grow plants in fields was freedom and pleasure that will remain in our memories.
– photos Tamara Markovic, text Milica Tanasijevic
Is it real, or is it a place from fairytales, where fairies and elves dance and share wisdom of life among the clear sky? What is the secret of these old olive groves? Will we ever know?
How old are these trees and how old are these terraces built in dry-wall technique? This place is reminds me of everything that is good, of wisdom, love, dignity, beauty, persistence and hard work.
– Tatjana Koprivica