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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Lovran April 13th 2019

We woke to a sunny day full of promise for a spectacular trip to the top of Mount Ucka. The highway was winding, and the asphalt road up through the parkland was even more winding, with potholes. About half way up the mountain, to our initial delight, the trees were decked in crystallized snow. To our dismay, eventually there was enough slushy ice on the road that the two buses had to stop. Our drivers worried that the tires would not be able to negotiate the downwards return journey if there were more ice higher up. Full of vigour we donned our warm clothes and jaunted along on foot, enjoying the beautiful photo ops … until the ice became too slippery for walking safely, especially for our two sub-tropical companions from California and Hawaii. The men ... read more
Truffle pasta
Painting on found wood
Coastal walk in Lovran

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Lovran April 12th 2019

No complaints about rain again. Today it snowed all morning! Our departure from Starigrad was in the rain, but since we were driving, that was ok. In dramatic swoops we rose through the mountainous hills of the coast into steep rocky landscape. A fast toll road took us through a 12 km tunnel into a higher, lusher plateau dotted with bushes. Further on, in a long valley, cows were grazing. Substantial farm houses and loosely formed villages showed that agriculture sustained this area. Almost imperceptibly the rain passed through sleet into light and persistent snow. The temperature had dropped from 12 Celsius to 3 Celsius. For some time the snow didn’t stick to the ground or the road; until it did tinge the grass and then accumulated on the roadsides, and finally coated the trees. Even ... read more
Judith at Plitvice Falls
Milino Jezero
Majerovo Vrilo on the Gacka River

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Lovran May 8th 2013

Its time to move on from Pula and today we had just a short run around the bottom of the peninsula and up the east coast to near Rijeka. Iva called around to collect the keys and we thanked her for the great stay and time we had had in her apartment.We have a good half hour chat about everything from the Croatian economy and its prospects under the EU umbrella to how come we were able to be away from work,family and home for so long.She gave us a selection of cakes to take with us as a present for coming to stay. We are heading for accommodation in a mobile home in what we understand will be a camping ground at Medjeva,a small settlement just short of Lovran.So as we were unsure of what ... read more
Motor camp at Medulin
Ferry on its way to Cres Island
Cres Island




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