A First Taste of Istria, Croatia
The C slot in my travel files was bursting with articles on Corsica, Copenhagen, Catalonia, California and last but not least, Croatia. (Almost every letter of the alphabet has a bursting travel file!) The latter was all about Croatia’s popular city, Dubrovnik. I hadn’t even heard of Istria, nor could I have placed it on a map. So when I was selected for a travel blogger’s trip to Croatia last month, thanks to the Istrian Tourist Board, I knew it was going to be nonstop discovery. And it was. First thing’s first – quite simple to answer the map conundrum: all you have to do is draw a straight horizontal line across the Adriatic Sea from Venice and you’ll end up in the Northwestern most point of Istria and of Croatia.
Back to Zürich just filled to the brim with new stories to tell, friendships, 1,000 photos (literally!) and a belly full of olive oil, truffles, fresh Mediterranean fish and Istrian ox, it was a lot to digest. And then I got awfully distracted by the market’s fresh rhubarb and Swiss army knives here in Switzerland! But now it’s time to share my experiences in Croatia. They were numerous, and it was truly an eye-opening and sensory-filled experience. A region overflowing with history, culture, gorgeous landscapes and hello, it was just a food lover’s dream! So here’s a little photographic preview of what’s to come…
Going row by row, left to right, you’ll see below the coastline in Rovinj, a grappa vendor showing his colorful bottles, a pig farm in Zrenj, fishing boat in Fa?ana, cooking Istrian meat the traditional way, view from the charming city of Motovun, typical street in Pula, crabs ready for lunch hours after being caught, trattoria in Rovinj, Villa Dobravac nearby, ostrich at the Brijuni (Brioni) National Park, Malvazija wine, hams in their drying phase and the harbor in Novigrad.
So stay tuned for more here on my Istrian discoveries. Have you ever been to this region in Croatia? Do tell!