Jewels of Croatia
Featuring Zagreb and the Adriatic Coast
Explore Croatia in depth from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, as you discover pristine parkland and miles of sun-drenched Adriatic coastline and experience its vibrant cultural heritage.
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Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does. She has lived and taught in Germany at various times, starting in 1981. Her research interests include German Romanticism and the musical court of Frederick the Great. She founded and directed Southern Methodist University’s Study-in-Germany Program and enjoys leading tours, including a Rhine-Main-Danube Donors’ Tour for the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina as well as Russian tours for The Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera. She is fluent in German and Russian and maintains a home in Weimar.
After her career as professor of Music History at SMU, Dr. Reynolds and her husband Hank moved to a ranch in North Central Texas. Surrounded by goats, dogs, and cows, she began designing multi-media Fine Arts curricula. Her popular Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture (2009) has reached students across the world. In 2011 she released a cross-discipline course called Exploring America’s Musical Heritage. She is now creating a curriculum on the history of sacred music from Jewish Liturgy to 1600.
Dr. Reynolds is a staunch advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly at educational conferences across the US. She is popular speaker for organizations like The Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Concerts, The Dallas Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Kimball Museum, Fort Worth Opera, San Francisco Wagner Society, The Davidson Institute, and The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC. Dr. Reynolds is a frequent Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys to Russia, the Baltics, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.
Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is a professor of history at Purdue University, where he teaches courses on the European World. He has published eleven books and given public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and central Europe. Charles has also been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS). His latest book, Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009) presents a narrative of the Balkan wars prepared by an international consortium of Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Western scholars. In addition, Charles' Iberian and Italian heritage has inspired a lifelong fascination with the western Mediterranean and the Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires.
Adam Tanner is a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and the former bureau chief for Reuters in the Balkans (2008-2011). Other past postings include San Francisco, where he served as bureau chief, Moscow, Berlin, and Washington D.C.
He has appeared on the BBC and National Public Radio, and has written more recently for Forbes and Worth Magazines. He first traveled to Eastern Europe and the Balkans in the final years of Communism and returned often after the fall of the Berlin Wall to write several editions of the Frommer's guidebook to the region. Adam spends part of every summer in Korcula, one of Croatia's best-loved islands and has long been interested in Venice's influence on the Adriatic. His regional languages include Italian, German, and Russian.