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6330 Piran, Slovenia
Worth the walk
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
Pearl of Slovenian coast: old stone houses are clustered between small port, picturesque cape and dominant church of. St. George and partly encircled by the medieval walls. Behind movie kind view of the Tartini square (Yes the famous violin...
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
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...
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Rovinj, Croatia
The cobblestones that make up the alleys of old Rovinj are no ordinary cobblestones, more like purposefully crafted marble sculptures each one of them. It's almost as if the rain and the 300 year old footsteps of the fishermen traipsing home after...
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Rovinj, Croatia
After a lovely evening at Sidro restaurant in Rovinj drinking Kabola Merlot and eating cevapcici and kajmak we walked past all the fishing boats settling in for the night. The wet, cool air woke us up just as it was time to settle down.
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Ul. Joakima Rakovca, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
Highly recommend on a trip to Croatia, Slovenia or even Italy taking a stopover in Rovinj. This fishing village's Old Town is the place to go. You can get the sense of the place in about an hours walk ... However stay and enjoy the lovely sea...
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15, Zdenac, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
Stop by Bakho to pick up Istrian wine during your stay in Rovinj. Ask owner Emmanuel in his latest finds.
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Trg Sv. Eufemije, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
While visiting Rovinj, meander your way to the highest point on the peninsula and take it one step further and climb the bell tower. Stairs are not for the faint of heart, however the view is worth it at the end. I am told on a clear day you can...
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Pula, Croatia
This is the ancient Roman Arena at Pula on the Istria Peninsula. Istria, which is currently a part of Croatia but has also been part of been a part of the Venetian Empire, the Austrian Empire, Italy, and Yugoslavia. As a result, the area is a...
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Istria County, Croatia
Istria, Croatia is "truffle country". Knowing this, I was determined to dine at the world's best truffle restaurant while there. I found it at Zigante where each dish, from the pasta to the ice cream, was embellished with delicate, exquisite black...
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Cres, Croatia
There are not many places in the world where one can experience the pleasure of pure nature, escape from civilization, sandy beaches, all just a short distance from the city's usual daily activities. In Croatia, it is all possible. Maybe not...
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51410, Opatija, Croatia
Volosko is a little Istrian seaside town, not far from Rijeka. Konoba Tramerka isn't right on the water, it's up a little alley, which means that it's slightly off the tourist path. Fresh octopus was marinated then grilled and dressed with a...
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52420, Pračana, Croatia
In researching agriturismo restaurants in north-central Istria, everyone said the same thing: "You must go to Tončić." Nestled in the hills near Oprtalj, this restaurant was so good that we went twice, in one day. This is simple food, extremely...
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52420, Buzet, Croatia
I am having a mad love affair with Croatia (Ssshhh, don't tell France.) In particular, its heart-shaped peninsula Istria that juts into the north Adriatic Sea. Istria is Croatia’s culinary gut, and I make the easy a 2.5-hour drive from the...
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Veliki trg 11, 6310 Izola - Isola, Slovenia
Izola - isola, used to be an island. In Venetian times port was quite known and there are som nice palaces from the past to admire. Old town is nice place to wander around cafes, shops, galeries...to watch fishermans and take a bath at the far end...
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
This is a lovely coastal town which is very Italian in charm and food. A must destination while in Slovenia if for nothing more than the excellent seafood and vistas.
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Matavun 12, 6215 Divača, Slovenia
The caverns of Skocjan aren't the best known of Slovenia's caves, but they are certainly worth a visit. Less than two hours from the capital, we visited as part of a tour that also took in Predjama Castle, the seaside town of Piran and the...
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Matavun 12, 6215 Divača, Slovenia
A tour of the massive World Heritage site Skocjan Caves affords the singular experience of peering into a glowing subterranean river that flows beneath a blanket of snow. 386/(0) 5-708-2100. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
The best kept culinary secret in Slovenia is the strudel at the inn near Predjama Castle. There is only one inn, you can't miss it. The pastry is served warm and with just the right amount of sugar. Like all great castles this one too has a troll....
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
A must see castle
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6230 Predjama, Slovenia
This treasured country is phenomenal Though this castle by far was the most impressive and seemingly almost undiscovered by the world. And I appreciate why. I felt like ( sadly) I was in a James Bond movie and this was the grand lux hotel. The...
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6215 Naklo, Slovenia
When visiting Slovenia, check out one of the 2 major caves in the south west region of Slovenia. Needs about 2-3 hours. Good stop in your way into Croatia/Istria.
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6222 Štanjel, Slovenia
Osmice, which were once visited only by men from the village and people from surrounding areas, are now becoming a true sociable event for young and old, women and men, children and teenagers. Osmice, the two-houndred-year-old tradition, take...
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34011 Prepotto TS, Italy
Throughout the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, farmhouses periodically open their doors to the public, serving homemade wine and other artisanal products. These temporary roadside taverns are called “frasche” in the greater part of Friuli (to...
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Frazione Duino, 19, 34011 Duino TS, Italy
“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’ hierarchies?” These were the words of inspiration that, like a voice from the wind, called out to poet Rainer Maria Rilke one stormy day while he was wandering along the sea cliffs near the...
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Viale Miramare, 34151 Trieste TS, Italy
The starkly whitewashed Castello di Miramare perches on the tip of a promontory just north of Trieste, its wedding-cake façade glistening against sea and sky. The castle was built for Archduke Maximilian (brother of the Hapsburg emperor Franz...
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In my hometown, we have a man-made star on top of a mountain that is illuminated at night. I remember, when I was younger, wishing that I could see the Roanoke Star from my bedroom window. I would sit and stare out of the window, just hoping that...
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Via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3, 34121 Trieste TS, Italy
Best described as an old-world fast-food counter, the buffet emerged from the habit of Trieste’s dockworkers and shopkeepers to take a quick midmorning snack, or “rebechin.” Conveniently located near Trieste’s seaport, train station, markets, and...
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Piazza Unità d'Italia, 34121 Trieste TS, Italy
In the center of Trieste, the capital of Italy’s Friuli–Venezia Giulia region, the vast Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia looks out over the deep, blue waters of the Gulf of Trieste. This elegant seafront square is bordered on three sides by ornate...
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Via Armando Diaz, 11, 34123 Trieste TS, Italy
It was a blustery February morning when I arrived at Pasticceria Penso, one of Trieste’s oldest bakeries. Before I realized what was happening, I had been whisked behind the counter and into the kitchen, where a couple dozen chocolate cakes were...
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6310 Izola, Slovenia
Many names for the same country – the only one with LOVE in it's name – that is a good sign for the beginning! Small is beautiful – more than truth for this unique European country! All of the most spectacular European sights are there on only...
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Piazza Capitolo, 1, 33051 Aquileia UD, Italy
In the marshy, coastal lowlands east of Venice lies Aquileia. Founded as a Roman colony in AD 181, Aquileia soon grew to be the fourth largest city in ancient Italy. When the city’s Basilica Patriarcale was built in 313, the floor was paved with a...