During the Industrial Revolution in America (18th to 19th centuries) steel, railroad and beer barons built the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Roanoke into capitals of industry.
By the 1980’s the steel mills and breweries closed and the railroads disappeared. The cities fell on hard times. Today, each is on the upswing with new businesses, cultural venues, and strong tourism infrastructures.
Croatia may have made international news by joining the EU in July, but this country on the Adriatic’s eastern shore is not news to European travelers. As word - and pictures - of golden beaches, historic cities filled with Venetian architecture (many towns along the coast were once part of Venice’s vast empire) and turquoise sailing waters has spread, Americans have joined them to become Croatia’s second-largest tourism market.