Croatia’s Dalmatian Rescue (TIME Magazine)

When the Arab Spring cut short my Middle Eastern travels I looked for stories closer to home. Croatia has always fascinated me : its long history poised between East and West, and latterly the civil wars of the 1990s that so ravaged the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia. So when I received an invitation to Dubrovnik, I jumped at the chance and wrote a small piece for TIME Magazine on one of the hotels there, the Libertas, which offered sanctuary to local villagers during the Serbo-Montenegrin bombardment of the city.