From The Travel Book for Kids, Lonely Planet Sept 15
Interesting facts that kids, big and small, might enjoy:

Land of DALMATIANS (black and white spotted dogs)
“Dalmatia is one of Croatia’s regions. It’s famed as the birthplace of the Dalmatian breed of dog, loved for its black and white fur, and it gives it’s name to the Dalmatian Coast.” Lonely Planet
The largest city in this region is Split…see our Dubrovnik/Split post
INVENTION OF THE TIE for men:
“Croatia invented this fashion accessory in the 17th Century. It was worn by the Croatian military and when fighting for the French, the neckties caught the eye of French King Louis XIV and they quickly became a fashion trend that has survived to this day.” Lonely Planet