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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

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