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Escape from the Cold
Need a break from the snow and mountains? The bright Istrian town of Piran, on the Adriatic Sea, can feel downright Mediterranean if you time your surprisingly short trip right. Just an hour and a half from Slovenia.

Tool around Istria while you're at it. In one of the guesthouses lives a friendly pig named Jack who sniffs out truffles, and still has cameos in my dreams years after meeting him.
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