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    GROŽNJAN - GRISIGNANA

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Grožnjan, "city of artists", is a medieval town which features a beautiful Renaissance lodge. Many abandoned houses, (recalls the historical turbulence and the mass exodus mostly by the ethnic Italian population), in Grožnjan are being rebuilt by artists and intellectuals who relax and work in the town during the summer months.
    Grožnjan, or Grisignana in Italian expression, will attract you for its beauty, harmony and serenity. It is small place and easy for exploring, side to side, but you wouldn't want to leave from here so soon.

    Fondest memory: check my Grožnjan page for more

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    Rovinj

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Rovinj, a tourist resort on the west coast of Istria with a pleasat climate and gracefu landscape. It is a unique example in Croatia of the entire 25 km long coastline being under legal protection.
    The first written trace of Rovinj dates back to to the 7th century, when the settlement was mentioned as Ruginio, Ruigno and Ruvigno.
    The church of St. Euphemia, with a campanile topped with a bronze sculpture of the saint indicating wind direction dominates the town. It is the emblem of the town.

    Fondest memory: check my Rovinj page for more

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    PULA

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 24, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Roman Antiquity of the classical period has left a strong mark on the city of Pula, where today we still can admire the magificient Amphitheatre with the best preserved architectonic shell in Europe, the triumphal arch of the Sergeians and the Temple of Augustus from the 1st century.
    The town of Pula is the main administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Istria peninsula.

    Fondest memory: check my Pula page for more

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    Buje

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The city's historic core is located on a 222 m high mount, while the new borough streches along the road for Koper and Trieste. The dynamic relief, olive-groves and vineyards give the landscape its basic tones.
    Buje managed to preserve, in part, the former defensive system, the walls, the Great city gates, the Western city gates, the pentagonal tower of St. Martin and the quadrangular tower. The worth of note is also the Municipal Loggia from the 15th century.
    The Baroque-neo-classicist parish church of St. Servulus was erected in the 18th century in place of an older Romanes-Gothic eddifice from 13th century.

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    Vižinada

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: A settlement of predominantly rural characteristics located some fifteen kilometres to the northeast of Porec.
    The mildly rolling relief favours the growning of vines and other crops characteristic of the Istrian climate.
    Vižinada's parish was first mentioned in 1177 in a deed of gift made by the Pope Alexander III. The neo-classicist parich church of St. Jerome, was built in 1837 on the site of a former Romanesque church from the 12th century. The baroque public cistern from the 18th century was built after a plan made by Simeone Batistella.
    Carlotta Grisi (1819-1899), one of the best European ballerinas was born in Vižinada.

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    Bale

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Bale is a prehistoric town and the centre of the municipality of the same name, streching along west Istrian road.
    Tourism based on excursions and sea bathing developed in recent times. Bale became the meeting place of palaeontologists in 1992, when the fossilized bones of the gigantic reptiles the dinoraurus were found in Kolone Bay. The ancient castrum Valliswitness to the thousands of years during which Bale and its immediate surroundings have been inhabited.

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    NP Brijuni

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: A group of 14 islands and islets, "like green gems sprinkled on a blue carpet", located between Puka and Rovinj.
    The call of the sea and the mild climate, the undisturbed natural balance, promenades and sports courts make Brijuni the prestigious tourist destination that they are.
    Kings and emperors, princesses and princes, baronesses and barons and the rest of the European elite relaxed here in the beginning of the 20th century.
    The thermal characteristics of the Mediterranean climate, adequate amounts of humidity and quite thick layers of red soil contribute to the growth of the indigenous and intoduced exotic vegetation. Forest are sanctuaries and the clearings are pasture-grounds for game: the fallow, deer, the axis deer, the doe and the mouflon. Around two hundred species of birds nest or periodically stay in Brijuni. Animals in the Safari park draw special attention: zebras, Llamus, antelopes, Indian cows, Somalian sheep, camels and the biggest exicisting elephant in Europe.

    Fondest memory: There are two names in use for this archipelago; Brijuni and Brioni, no metter which it is the same place

    National Park Brijuni
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    Istria Travel Log

    by tanyaspantry Updated Oct 28, 2009

    Favorite thing: I just returned from a week and a half in this beautiful country, and wanted to share my travel experiences, as I found some great tips on this site. I visited Rovinj, Pula, Groznjan and Motovun, and explored wine roads and ate well. Enjoy!

    Fondest memory: Oh, the food. Super local, made with care.

    On the Groznjan wall A Konoba lunch Exploring small towns
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    Don Truffle

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Istria is one of the few places 7besides parts of France and Italy) where you can find this rare delicacy, known as truffle. It grows underground and to find them, you have to have well trained dogs that can sense the trume. Well, pigs are an aternative, but they tend to eat what they find, so it's better to have dogs, which are satisfied with a reword from their master.
    One name , that is almost a synoynim for the truffle, is Karlo Zigante, the man that controles all the business with truffles. He started his business of buying, processing and selling truffles in 1990. His products are classified as the authentic Istrian product and are sold as well in Croatia as abroad. Zigante also owns four shops in Istria, where you can buy his products. You can find them in Livade, Buje, Buzet & Pula. He also runs a restaurant in Livade, the town which is also his headquarters.

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    Portoroz

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

    Favorite thing: Portorož, which is situated nearby Piran, is the most important touristic center on the coastal part of Slovenia. It is practicaly new built town-hotel ful of facilities even for the most demanding clients. In case you like industrial type of tourism and gambling, this is the right place for you.

    Portoroz, in Slovenia
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    Piran

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

    Favorite thing: The tiny part of the most northern Istria peninsula belongs to the Republic of Slovenia. Piran is, as far as I am concerning, the most beautiful coastal town in Slovenia. It is typical Mediterranean town with short and narrow streets in its old core. Since it was in the past a part of the Venetian Republic, characteristical Venetian architectural style can be noticed on many of the buildings situated in the old core of the town.

    Piran, in Slovenia
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    Fažana

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Fažana is the main port and the jumping off place for visiting the Brijuni National Park. The boat ride across the 2,5 km wide Fažana Channel to the pier on Veliki Brijun takes fifteen minutes.
    Fažana successfully promotes the health giving properties of the sea and the climate together with the monumental heritage.
    There was a workshop here in the 1st century making amphorae, oil lamp candles and other ceramis products.

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    Volosko

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Volosko is a typical Mediterranean townlet with stony houses formerly belonging to sea captains and with a pear for smaller boats. Steep narrow streets and steps lead up the hill. Until the and of 19th century Volosko was the port of origin for numerous sailboats and fishing boats.

    Fondest memory: The name of Volosko could be linked to the Italian "vollone" = big bay.

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    Motovun

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Motovun, which is oval shaped, has managed to preserve spledidly its medieval fortifications and towers. The bell tower of the church once served as the town's highest fortification, and is crowned by battlements, also typical of the towers constructed in the 14th century.

    Fondest memory: check my Motovun page for more

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    Opatija

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Opatija, Croatian oldest seaside resort famous for its glamurous fin-de-siecle hotels.

    Fondest memory: Opatija was the very first to go in for tourism with a health and fitness slant, and now offers medically programmed vacations in a tradition maintained by Thalassotherapia, a special hospital for convalescence from cardiac and pulmonary complaints and rheumatism.

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