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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj June 13th 2011

Day 24 13th June Rovinj As the guidebook so succinctly put it: Rovinj is a welcoming old oasis in a sea of tourist kitsch. I could not have put it better myself! The old town is delightful IF you just take a step or two off the main tourist trail – twisty, narrow lanes with tall slightly dilapidated buildings reaching for the sky; it is indeed rather like Venice without the canals. Pula (at the end of the Istrian peninsular) and Trieste became the main ports when the Austrians ruled Istria and therefore little Rovinj was allowed to remain the past – and so it has. There is still a proper working feel about the small town and the old harbour is full of hard working fishing boats. The weather was perfect for our cycle ride ... read more
A Tito beach (without the walruses!)
Compound Rovinj

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj June 12th 2011

Days 21 –23 Plitvice Croatia – Rovinj Croatia We have been on the road for 3 weeks and the Eastern European leg of our journey has now started. Why Croatia, why Plitvice? Bits & pieces of what we call Croatia has been batted back and forth between foreign powers for nearly a millennium and it is hard to believe that it was only in 1991 that it gained its independence. We all remember ‘the war’ and when travelling through Croatia there is still evidence of that terrible struggle. Perhaps because of its history (excluding the last war) Croatia has always attracted tourists, it has Roman arenas, Byzantine mosaics & Venetian bell towers coupled with predictably balmy summer weather and a coastline that beggars belief in its rugged beauty. We have been to Dubrovnik and wanted to ... read more
Plitvice Lakes Croatia
The hikers at Plitvice

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj October 2nd 2009

The Croatian coast is the landscape of my dreams. This, for me, is the most beautiful of type of climate and topography: dry, rocky with lavender and brush and pine along the sea. And such a sea! The Adriatic here displays the most dramatic pallette of marine colors, from turquoise green to indigo blue. The water is clear all the way to the bottom and is teaming with fish, crabs and other sea life. There is nothing more exciting to me than swimming off of white rocks into a deep ocean, as we did these days in Rovinj, traveling by bike to various coves and tiny bays south of the town. We explored tide pools and mysterious rock sculptures and I watched all my other plans--traveling to Pula to see Roman ruins, going to mountain towns ... read more
St. Euphemia
In the Adriatic
Gabriel in the Adriatic

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj September 4th 2009

Rovinj - Day 13 (September 4) It was an early start, 6 am to catch the Catamaran ferry to Rijecka which was the largest town we’d seen in Croatia. From here we caught a bus to Pula, where we elected to spend a couple of hours on the way to Rovinj, so we could see the Roman Colosseum here. It was about a 10 minute walk from the bus station where we had stored our luggage. As we rounded a corner a mostly in tact Colloseum towered in front of us. It was the most impressive ruin I’d seen to date, and made up for the ones I was missing by having to leave Italy out of my travels. It was slightly eerie walking around this ampitheatre imagining this stadium as it was used for gladiatorial ... read more
Ampitheatre in Pula 2
Ampitheatre in Pula 3
Jugs found in Roman ruins

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj August 6th 2009

Rovinj, Istra, Croatia We spent 2 days in Rovinj, Croatia. Nice place. Small and peaceful. Cobblestone streets and a beautiful little harbour. The first night we stayed in a hotel about a mile out of town. I am beginning to see a pattern here in the unwired world. The only hotels online in a place like Rovinj are big monstrous modern aberrations or old world palaces catering to people who are happy spending 250 Euros per night for a place that has no relation to or flavour of the land they are visiting. These hotels might as well be in Miami Beach or in London. There is almost nothing both quaint and close-in for under 200 Euros per night. Since you need to be on the ground to find the unwired places, the pattern works like ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj June 14th 2009

Cobble stones + luggage = not much fun finding our way to the old town centre and our apartment on "Art Street". Luckily we would only have to repeat the cobble stones + luggage once more when we left. In the mean time we had a great stay in Rovinj. Our apartment was in a narrow street in the postcard perfect old town centre, the street was filled with art galleries, plus a smattering of restaurants. A short walk up the hill was the main cathedral, an even shorter walk took us to some rocks where we could sun ourselves and swim in the Istrian sea. Magic! We got out and about on a boat tour and also bicycles during our stay. We met up with some friendly folks from Tilburg, the town where Lorenza was ... read more
art street
art street

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rovinj September 11th 2006

Geo: 45.0857, 13.6491Caught the bus to this town.... read more
02 Out at sea
03 Cathedral
04 Stairway

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