A travel writer’s guide to eating your way through Croatia

Did you know that many scenes in “Game of Thrones” were filmed in Dubrovnik? Me neither! In fact, since I’ve never watched the show and didn’t know a whole lot about Croatia in general, I was surprised at how insistent my sister — who recently accompanied me on a 19-day tour of Europe — was to visit the country.

Ultimately, I’m so glad she pushed us in that direction.

The country wound up being the highlight of our European adventure. It led me to enjoying the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen, swimming in a string bikini in a salt lake off of a monastery on St. Mary’s Island, and enjoying the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. After leaving budget-friendly Lisbon, the prices for an Uber in Dubrovnik were a bit of a shock, but the view on the way to our hotel, or anywhere else for that matter, made

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Traveling the world for marathons and half-marathons

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In 2012, shortly after crossing the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, Laurel Butterfield filled up on oysters and bloody marys. It was Butterfield’s first out-of-town race — and her first time in the Big Easy — and her strategy was simple: “I’ll commit two hours or less to running around. I’ll get to see interesting parts of the city, and then when I’m done, I will eat everything in the city and have a great time.”

The communications executive, who relocated to Belgium from Chicago during the pandemic, met friends in Valencia, Spain, last year to run the marathon and has plans to run the Marathon du Médoc in September. During a stint in Japan, Butterfield flew to Seoul to run the marathon and spend a long weekend in South Korea.

Runners who love to travel — and

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