Belgrade, The White City

We left Zagreb and took the highway over the border to Belgrade, a journey of about 4 hours and $21 in tolls ($17.50 on the Croatian side and $3.50 on the Serbian side).  Crossing the border was an almost trivial formality – we didn’t even need to get out of the car. While the roads […]

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Z is for Zagreb

Good trivia question – what is alphabetically the last national capital?  Congratulations – you guessed it, Zagreb, capital of Croatia.  We drove from Rovinj to Zagreb, 251 Km, or about 160 miles which only takes about 3 hours by highway.  The landscape changed from arid vineyards and olive plantations to huge swathes of deciduous forest.  […]

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Motoring to Motovun

Today’s travels will take us into the heart of truffle country and to the hilltop town of Motovun (see above), a fortified enclave in the heart of Istria.  But first we drove about an hour to the seaside town of Poreč (the č is pronounced “ch” like in punch).  Poreč is a popular seaside resort, […]

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Roving in Rovinj

Istria is, depending on whom you talk to, the most Italian area of Croatia, or the most Croatian part of Italy.  Actually this town, and many others in Istria are officially bilingual and in this case the town is known as both Rovinj (Croatian) and Rovigno (Italian). Indeed Istria was part of Italy until not […]

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Plodding around Pula

After a few hours sleep, it was time to move the car.  Thankfully there was someone setting up breakfast who was able to tell me that I could park above the hotel all day for free.  Now, wouldn’t it have been a lot simple to have sent me that information via reply when I emailed […]

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Poo poo in Pula

There are actually a couple of direct flights to Croatia from Dublin.  Aer Lingus has regular service to Dubrovnik in the very south and Ryan Air flies to Zadar in the middle of the country.   After doing research I found another flight on Aer Lingus into Pula in Istria, in the north of the country, […]

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Europe Here We Come

Time to get ready to roll out the blog again! On Tuesday we head to Dublin, Ireland for about a week, and then off to Croatia, starting in Pula, Istria, and ending 3 weeks later in Dubrovnik.  Along the way, we plan on side trips to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. From Croatia, we will be going […]

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