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The language of Croatia

The inspiring language of Croatian can be originated back to the 9th Century, when the Old Church Slavonic gained the official status of a religious language. The Old Slavonic and the Local Dialect then developed into Croatia, by using the three alphabets, Latin, Cyrillic and Glagolitic. As years passed on, other countries such as Serbia and Slovakia influenced the Croatian language.

Nowadays, Croatian is spoken in many regions of neighbouring countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia and Austria.

Here is a small list of necessary words and phrases required to get around in a Croatian speaking country:

  • Hello – Bok
  • How are you? – Kako ste?
  • What is your name? – Kako se zovete?
  • My name is … – Zovem se …
  • Good morning – Dobro jutro
  • Good afternoon – Dobar dan
  • Good evening – Dobra večer
  • Good night – Laku noć
  • Have a nice day – Lijep Vam dan želim!
  • Yes – Da
  • No – Ne
  • Help! – U pomoć!
  • Please – Molim
  • Do you speak English? – Govorite li engleski?
  • Parlez-vous français ? – Govorite li francuski ?
  • Hablas español ? – Govorite li španjolski ?
  • Can you help me? – Možete li mi pomoći?
  • How much is this? – Koliko je ovo?

Obviously, I am not a Croatian speaker, but I am hopefully going to visit Croatia this summer, so I figured that I should help others perhaps vacating there soon as well as myself.

If any of the above phrases are incorrect or could be corrected / added, do not hesitate to comment below!

Have any of you been to Croatia before? If so, comment below!

– Navigatio Travel

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Best places in Saumur 

Well, as I said before in my previous post France – Saumur , I just love France, along with it’s diverse countryside and countless Chateau’s.

So in this post I am going to be naming my favourite places to eat, things to do and best views in the gorgeous town of Saumur.

This historic town is situated between the Loire and Thouet Rivers, as well as being surrounded by some of France’s best wine vineyards. 

I think I will start with a bit of history about this  town; the Chateau de Saumur was built in the 10th century to protect the settlement from Norman Attacks. If you walk alongside the walls, which go down the hill from Rue des Moulins to the town centre, you can still see the arrow slits. 

Saumur was also involved in the Second World War, and was therefore the site of the Battle of Saumur (1940). Once the war had finished, Saumur was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) due to the display of French Patriotism and resistance during the war.

Saumur is also the home of Le Cadre Noir, an equestrian display team, the National Tank Museum and above all, the magnificent Chateau de Saumur. 

For me, the best restaurants were:

  • L’escargot
  • Le Grand Bleu
  • La Bigouden 
  • Saumur 1929

They all showed individuality as well as  delicious and traditional French Cuisine. 

I would honestly recommend walking or cycling along the River Loire, a great bike hire place is Velospot , they have great and friendly service, as well as speaking English. 

Also Kayaking along the River, proved to be very enjoyable as well, we chose Pole Nautique which enabled us to choose where to start our journey and how long we would make it. Here are some options if where to start the kayak:

  • Villebernier
  • Montsoreau
  • Luynes
  • Chouze
  • St. Clement

Here are some activities that I would really reccomend  to see or do:

  • Le Cadre Noir
  • The National Tank Museum 
  • Chateau de Saumur 
  • Mushroom Museum 
  • Notre Dame des Ardillieres 
  • St . Peter Church 
  • Troglodyte Caves

If you want, you can always visit Chateaux close to Saumur, such as in:

  • Chenonceau  
  • Chaumont
  • Chinon
  • Blois 
  • Rivau
  • Amboise

For me, the best views were at the Rue des Moulins. It looks over the River Loire, with a terrific view of the opposite bank.

Have you been to Saumur before? If so, do you have any suggestions or other comments (or perhaps just wanting a little shoutout?). All you have to do is comment below!

Comment below if you have any blog post suggestions.

Thanks for reading ,

– Navigatio Travel

France – Saumur

Well, what can I say? This is without a doubt the reason that France is practically my second home. 

We stayed in a gorgeous house, with fabulous views all over the River Loire, where over the next couple of days, we cycled and walked along it as well as kayaking downstream. I will try and find a link to the house, I really do recommend it. 

I visited this stunning town about two years ago now, so obviously I can’t remember all of the facts that made this trip memorable, but I can remember this: my true disappointment and sadness when I had to leave this little gem of France.

The people here are undoubtedly some of the friendliest type you could ever wish to meet, at every café, restaurant, shop or even on small excursions, or just generally wandering and exploring Saumur, they constantly treat you as if you weren’t a tourist but a local, living there with them in France. The genuine smile I saw so many times a day really lifted and brightened my day, thus improving the holiday overall.

We also visited the wonderful Chateau of Chenonceau, a highlight of the trip, which is situated in Chenonceaux, only 1 hour or so away from Saumur.

It’s bright gardens, river flowing practically beneath the Chateau, and maze will make it a trip for the whole family. 

We also visited the Saumur Chateau on another day, which again was pretty spectacular, compared to British castles. If you visit France, make sure to visit at least one castle; I will do a later post on the best French Chateau’s to visit. 

The Saumur Chateau is not featured in the photo below, but the photo is instead of the Notre-Dame des Ardillieres, a chapel.

On another day, we enjoyed watching Le Cadre Noir, an equestrian display team, and the French Military Academy École Nationale d’Équitation  (where the display is held) is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the World. 

I apologise, I have no photos of this display, due to my attempt to upload photos, but them just not seeming to upload, but here is a link to Le Cadre Noir’s webpage, I advise you to check it out.

Anyway, that is all for now, I think, any questions or comments, please feel free to ask or perhaps to even share this blog post, it’s up to you.

Have you been to this glorious part of France, or are you planning to come to Saumur or the Loire Region? Comment below,

Thanks again and goodbye,

-Navigatio Travel

Navigatio Travel

Hi, 

Wow! It is so exhilarating and exciting to be starting a new blog! At the moment I already have a blog, which I will tag later once this one has really kicked off (if it does, I’m not sure…), hopefully though.

So this blog will just be about previous travels, travels happening right now and travels to come, if you have any comments, things to add or just want a little shoutout.. just comment below! 

I chose the name ‘Navigatio Travel’ for my blog name as Navigatio is Latin for Travel. I felt this was an appropriate title as I’m currently studying Latin to help with my foreign languages: Spanish and French. In the future I hope to pick up more less common languages, such as Persian, Mongolian and perhaps Russian. If you have any language tips or advice, or just to let me know what you are studying – don’t hesitate to comment your thoughts below!

I will leave you with a little picture of a previous travel:


Try and guess where this was! Comment below,

– Navigatio Travel