05.29.2010 - 06.06.2010
We left our villa and good friends on a somewhat overcast day and drove almost 5 hours to our destination for the night on the Italian border, Trieste. Arriving in the town tested our limits - I was sick with a fever, it was a Saturday night in a busy city and mom doesn't like driving in unknown cities, it was pouring rain, and we were tired of being in the car - so of course we passed the hotel several times, drove around large blocks and spent time bickering (ahhhh.... travel can be so much fun!). Luckily after check in mom and the girls were able to go out and walk around and enjoy a nice dinner.
Istrian Peninsula, Croatia
May 30th - June 6th
We awoke to light rain and it only got worse as the day progressed. We heard lots of thunder and saw lightening too. We reached the Slovenian border about 20 minutes outside of Trieste and luckily our hotel told us to stop at a tabacco shop to get a permit to cross the border. We were only in Slovenia for 30 minutes and then arrived at the very lax Croatian border. The border guard barely looked at our passports or into the car and didn't stamp them either. I guess we all looked innocent enough.
The countryside is beautiful and lush and very rural with wildflowers in bloom everywhere. We passed through several small towns with stone houses and cobblestoned streets. We were all thrilled to arrive at Camp Lanterna, a large camping resort on the Adriatic Sea between Novigrad and Porec on the Istrian Peninsula. At the check-in we heard stories of flooded tents and were happy to get into our 2 bedroom caravan. There are several Naturist camp grounds nearby and we have had lots of chuckles imagining what their campgrounds (and camping activities) are like
The weather this week has been a mix of rain and warm sunshine with temps in the mid 70's. The Adriatic is a beautiful shade of turquoise and is warmer than the Pacific. The beaches are rocky and it makes the water crystal clear. We visited three picturesque fishing villages - Porec, Novigrad and Rovinj - and enjoyed walking around and especially going into some of the art galleries. We even got in some go-cart racing one afternoon and had a memorable late night fashion show with our pals from England.
We will be heading down the coast over the next two and one-half weeks and look forward to seeing more of this beautiful country. Do vidjenja (good-bye) for now...