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Istria I love

I just returned from a three-day getaway in Istria with a friend and her four-year-old daughter. We based ourselves in Rovinj, known as the peninsula’s most beautiful seaside town. Beautiful it is indeed but absolutely overrun with tourists. Our two trips to the beaches around Rovinj made me remember all the reasons I shy away from mass tourism. Perhaps I’m spoiled by the practically private beach at my friend’s house on the island of Korčula, which is the highlight of my Croatian summers. The truth is, we did hit the peak of the summer season on the Istrian coast. It was such a breath of fresh air to drive away from Istria’s seaside and into its verdant interior. For me, this spectacular hinterland is the prime reason to come to Istria.

After a 60-meter descent to Baredine Cave (touristy but fun to visit) near Poreč, we made it to my favorite place for dinner, Kamene Priče restaurant-bar-performance space in the medieval stone town of Bale. On the leafy terrace of this whimsical place is where I finally relaxed, managed to take some deep breaths and gave way to the scents, the evening breeze, the star-dotted skies above… I felt glad that the tourists remained on the seafront promenade of Rovinj and I was in Bale, with just a handful of other kindred spirits. There was nowhere else I pined for. Here’s why…

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Anja,
hope you are fine!!!

I don't know how I could not have discovered your blog before, but it is so nice to follow you, and especially when you come back to Croatia…I hope that i'll be able to see you for real soon, so come to France please!
xxxx

I am missing the dog on those photos. I wonder what happened to him :).

Bale seems like a very nice place. I'm hoping that one day I might be able to visit.

for a long time i've wanted to visit this part of the world…and each one of your lovely pictures makes it look prettier and prettier.

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