Archive of ‘Croatia’ category

Grape harvesting festival. Buje, Croatia.

Avoiding the pay toll highway, Matt and I stumbled upon the hilltop town of Buje. We parked in an empty lot at the bottom of the hill and hiked our way into town. To our surprise, the town was in festive mode celebrating this year’s grape harvest.

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Local merchants where selling olive oil, honey, lavender, soaps, candles, woodwork and of course wine!

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Make shift wine bars where erected through out the town. Everyone and their dog was tasting wine and eating grapes.

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Fried cabbage, sausages and pork chops on the grill.

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AND THEN…

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We turned a corner and found this, lovely ladies stomping on grapes along to “umpa” music played by a live band.

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Can you say National Lampoon Europe vacation!?!

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Our trip to Pula, Croatia. Part one.

On September 8th we left the wonderful city of Rijeka and headed south towards Pula. The scenery out our window improved with every kilometer driven. 

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On our way, we stopped at the city of Opatija for a quick swim in the Adriatic sea. The water was extremely salty and very warm. 

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That night we parked on the edge of the road, check out our view!

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We had stocked up our fridge at the fish market in Rijeka and that night I made a seafood feast.

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Our trip to Pula, Croatia. Part two.

Pula is the best city in the world. It’s on the Adriatic sea, close to mountains, has ancient Roman ruins, lots of cool shops and restaurants.

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We were lucky enough to park right downtown for 2 whole days before being asked to leave. I don’t think that campers are very welcome on such small streets.

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Everyone has fun here.

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Here’s Matt demonstrating his knowledge of ancient cement patterns.

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Day 3 we found a parking lot on top of a hill not too far from town.

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The sunsets are just amazing. Very romantic.

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Our trip to Pula, Croatia. Part three.

Hockey night.

I seriously don’t know how we always stumble upon such events. An ice rink was erected in the middle of Pula’s ancient Roman coliseum, something that has never been done before.

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Super excited!

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The game was delayed by an hour because the 30 degree weather kept melting the ice.

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We didn’t know who to root for.

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Facebooking.

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Outside the coliseum where tents with free samples of Mortadela ham. Matt HATED it!

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Not too sure why he was there but Matt befriended him.

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From my phone.

Some days we don’t have Wifi, some days “someone” is hogging the computer and some days I’d rather be out in the sun playing than refreshing my blog.

Here are few pictures from the last few days in Croatia.

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Me time!

My 1st lunch without my beautiful husband in 4 months. Crostinis, one with local Adriatic shrimp, Gouda, galic mousse, tomato and basil. The other with mozzarella, Parma ham, truffle oil and with truffles. Plus, a glass of white wine!20120907-133521.jpg

The cat’s out the bag!

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Matt and I are moving to Europe for a wonderful adventure. We land in Frankfurt and continue on to Poland where we will get our affairs in order. We’re buying an old RV and traveling the continent, taking pictures, making wonderful meals with local food and drinking loads of cheap wine.

Anyone need a fluffy cat?