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Sep 14, 2018 - Rovinj and Istrian Hill Towns

We caught up on our sleep last night - fully adjusted to Europe time! We were up early today and had a lovely breakfast in our hotel terrace garden. Then it was off for a morning stroll around Rovinj and the harbor. It was a great contrast from last night — so lively then, so quiet and calm now. Wonderful seeing the boats going out while the early-bird shop-keepers were starting their days. Quiet can me magical. We connected with De and Ernie as they were finishing their breakfast and then we set off together for a drive thru the Istrian...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Zagreb to Rovinj

After a very long day of travel, we arrived in Zagreb in good spirits. Immigration and customs were so easy, we sailed through. After arriving at the Hotel Dubrovnik near Old Town, we met up with Ernie and De for some wine and cheese. We began today very leisurely with breakfast at the hotel. Ernie and De picked us up around 9:30 and we headed to the Istria peninsula and our hotel in Rovinj, Angelo d’Oro. The drive was beautiful, the roads are in great shape and traffic was almost non-existent. The hotel is on a pedestrian street, so we had...

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May 25, 2017 - Pula to Rovinj (last day in Croatia)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Pula - Rovinj Same routine: get up, shower, pack, breakfast and wait for the bus. This time the bus was a nice surprise - a new Mercedes bus with extra leg room, comfortable seats and a smooth ride. Our first stop was Rovinj which took about 40 minutes. This is our last stop in Croatia before crossing the border into Slovenia. Rovinj is a small(er) town with a beautiful old city centre. We walked into the old town for an orientation tour and entered the centre through the city gate. No walls here. We climbed through...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Rovinj Day 3

Well this morning we both felt that at last we have a fundamental understanding of the layout of the Old Town and in addition feel that we would prefer to stay in the confines of these walls and relax. The thought of hitting the highways and Expressways can wait until tomorrow when we are schedules to drive to Bled in Slovenia on these coastal roads. We awoke about 6am with the intention of swimming before day break at 6:21am but that didn't happen. Yesterday we asked a young ticket seller at the boat excursion wharf to identify any...

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Aug 26, 2015 - Opataja to Rovinj

At daybreak we both rose early to capture the sun rising over the Bay looking towards Rijeka and took some lovely photos including many panorama shots that cover more than 180 degrees. We left our personal belongings and hiked down to the Promenade before the crowds in our swimmers to find a lovely spot to swim in the Bay. At once we realised that we would regret not taking our cameras as there are a lot of heritage hotels, historic villas and formal beaches. There was Villa Angelina from the Austrian Hapsburgs standing proudly in front of...

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Apr 27, 2014 - The Vowel-less country.......

We started the week on the wonderful island of Krk, and nearly ended it there too as we only moved on this morning to the historical town of Rovinj on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. We absolutely adored Krk in every way, from the family run campsite on the hill where they produced their own olive oil and wine, to the surprisingly strenuous hiking and the everlasting view overlooking the harbour from our camper. In the last week we completed 3 6-hour hikes, one up the highest hill on the island – Veli yrh at 541m. Ian also relived...

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May 10, 2013 - Northern Croatia

Week 3 We have now left Slovenia – all good things come to an end – and have left with fond memories. I know there is a fear that we have done the best first, misplaced I suspect. Slovenia was special but I am sure the same will be true of many of the other of our destinations over the coming months. We left Bled on Monday 5th and decided to go against our normal policy and take the autoroute down to Croatia. Trundled along for an hour or so when a voice beside me says ‘did you know we had to have a vinjeta for the auto route?’ Clearly no...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Rovinj - White Truffles

Our hotel is in the perfect spot...and we get our exercise walking up and down the two flights of stairs! We decided to go north for the day..so after our 30 minute construction reroute, we reached our first destination of Motovun, a hill town. The area is known for their white truffles..so we sampled white truffle and cheese spread, white truffle oil, honey brandy with white truffle, etc. all delicious! As we wandered around the village, we saw some of the dogs they use to hunt the white truffles (only white truffles). Our guide in...

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Oct 19, 2012 - Rovinj

After waking up to seagulls and fisherman readying their boats for the day, we headed out to tour the Istrian Peninsula. Our hotel is on Tito Square over looking the marina and harbor--a very picturesque location. Lots of outdoor restaurants and we went to sleep the night before to the sounds of an excellent alto sax player. Our first stop was Pula, south of Rovinj at the tip, to see the Roman amphitheater, the 6th largest and one of the best preserved. We then climbed up to Fort Kastel for a bird's eye view of the city. Pula is a port city...

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Sep 11, 2012 - Rovinj

Rovinj Today we biked 14 miles for a total of 325 miles Another beautiful warm Adriatic coast morning with a slight breeze to keep it civilized. Our sobe is good but not great. We decided to bike around the coast south of Rovinj. We swam a couple of times in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. People on vacation spend a lot of time at the beaches, for obvious reasons. Some use sunblock and others do not. Later in the day this was evident by the volume of red scorched bodies we saw. Because school has started, the was a lot of...

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Balkans 2012

Sep 10, 2012 - Back to the Mediterrean coast, Rovinj

Back to the Adriatic sea, Rovinj Biked 32 miles for a total of 311 miles Had a fine breakfast from our sobe host. Ate it on our terrace. Ingredients for a great breakfast. Started climbing right away for a bit. Went through vineyards, olive tree orchards and small vegetable farms. Eventually, the climbs ended and we slowly, descended to the sea. We stayed on secondary roads for most of the journey, which is a good idea in this part of the world. Saw several fellow bikers, most out for the day. Pulled into Rovinj, which is along the coast of...

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Balkans 2012

Sep 14, 2011 - Still sailing - new crew

13th September Had a busy past few days. Having said a tearful bye bye to Neill Dave and I had the boat to ourselves which is a first. We managed fine in very light winds and it was very relaxing sitting in Trieste bay. Trieste is a city of contrasts with a major port, industry and some decidedly dodgy areas but there are some really lovely bits too with an amazing Roman amphitheatre and other remains plus gracious squares and interesting back streets. On Saturday I went shopping for Dave’s birthday and I must say although I love being...

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