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Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Photo Essay on Rovinj. It’s beautiful – but there are even better reasons to visit

Rovinj is a very pretty small town and for many people that’s reason enough to make it a place worth visiting. Many will spend 2-3 days and will most likely rave about its romantic charm, colorful streets and glorious sunsets.  People staying longer (like us – we used Rovinj as a base for 5 weeks) [...]

The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

The Best Preserved Early Christian Complex in the World – Porec’s Euphrasian Basilica

I had never heard of the Euphrasian Basilica, much less did I know that Porec had a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of seven UNESCO sites in Croatia). Porec is a small seaside town, similar to both Rovinj and Novigrad in size and geography (all are located on spits of land sticking out into the [...]

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Umbrellas and Fortifications in Novigrad, Croatia

You won’t see Novigrad on any Istrian “must see” list. It’s not as famous as romantic Rovinj and doesn’t have the incredible historical sights of either Pula or Porec.  What Novigrad does have are medieval fortifications (which I’ll cover further below) and a laid-back atmosphere. What we didn’t expect was to see streets lined with suspended umbrellas. [...]

The Hilltowns of Istria

The Hilltowns of Istria

Many people think that Croatia is all rugged coastline and sea. The Istrian peninsula is an exception to that generalization, an region of green rolling hills that will remind many visitors of Tuscany (in Italy). One of the highlights of visiting the region is discovering some of its medieval hilltowns. This post covers 8 different [...]

Photo Essay A day in Venice

Photo Essay: A day in Venice (and on the joys of skipping the sights)

We’ve been to magical Venice before, lining up to see the main attractions and doing all the other tourist stuff – all the stuff you sometimes feel you have to do because you may never see the place again. This time, 8 years later, we decided to just enjoy Venice: ie. walk around, take some [...]

Forget everything you’ve read – Rome is Incredible

Forget everything you’ve read. Rome is Incredible

I had read so many negative things online about Rome that I honestly had an aversion to visiting the city. People will tell you that it is a big and dirty city, that the transport is bad and that highlights are spread out and hard to see on a short visit. They’ll say that it’s [...]

How Pula Arena stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

How Pula’s Amphitheatre stacks up against other Roman arenas. And the sad truth on Pula…

If you research the most famous Roman Arenas in the world you’ll usually find these four on the top of most lists: The Colosseum in Rome, the Amphitheatre of El Djem in Tunisia (where ‘Gladiator’ was filmed), the Arena in Verona…and the Amphitheatre in Pula. We’ve been lucky enough to see 3 of the above [...]

Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

Rovinj – and the world’s – best Airbnb host. And a few photos of beautiful Rovinj.

I’ll usually do a post on a city and at the bottom mention where we stayed. This time I’ll do it the other way around. Because how we felt about Rovinj was totally eclipsed by the incredible, fantastic, amazing and extraordinary Croatian family that hosted us.  I’ve never done a post uniquely addressing a place [...]

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