As Ivan was born in Podgora you might like to join the Podgora project and re-post your question there where it might get some more attention.
I know there are Geni users who frequently return to Podgora, and even quite a few that live in the immediate area.
We will be in Podgora during September and will look out for you. Your cousin Louis would have been in Podgora and would have been your best resource. Unfortunately, his mum has just died and he is probably en-route to NZ now.
Many Kiwis sit outside Hotel Podgorka of an evening. Ask any of the waiters for Bartul Garelja, He is a good helpmate for any kiwi. Many people speak English so don't be frightened to ask. I hope you can get in touch with Louis before you leave. all the best Noeline
Thanks for the reply. Awesome will be nice to meet you I think we will be in podgora for about 3 days so wanna make the most of everything. Will check out the hotel Podgorka as well, yep my partner has been to Croatia before and I have been teaching myself Croatian so not to worried :-). I know Louis would be the best resource but have heard about Dragica my father is heading down for the funeral. Thanks for your help. Cheers Casey