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Day trip to Rovinj, Croatia

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Due to the weather forecast of warm temps and rain, my birthday day trip back in January ended up being a little journey to Rovinj on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula.  (Originally it was to be Plitvice Lakes in the snow, but that trip got postponed.  CLICK HERE to read all about when we WERE able to go to Plitvice in the snow!)   Rovinj is about an hour and a half drive away from Miloš’ home town of Crikvenica.

Istria is the peninsula at the top of Croatia’s coastline, right next to Italy.  The area is well known for its history, natural beauty, and food and wine.

We left midday and made it there with no troubles.  The route there is mostly main roads and highways.  The town is situated on the edge of the sea and rises up in the middle, like a natural tower.  Crowning the old town’s point in the center is its historic church.

Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

 

View of Rovinj

View of Rovinj

 

 

Before entering the old town, we had a drink at a cafe by the marina and enjoyed a little bit of the day’s only sunshine.  Here are a few photos from around the marina area of the town:

 

 

 

As we walked, we started looking for some of the restaurants we had read about on Trip Advisor.  We were hoping to try out a new place to eat.  But the more we walked around, the more we noticed that this town was truly closed for winter. We thought that perhaps there might be something in the old town, and it’s not like we were looking to eat right then – we were just scoping the area out for later.

The old town was really quite lovely.  Due to the fact that this part of Croatia is right next to Italy, the architecture reflected that, and reminded us a bit of Venice.

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We explored the little narrow streets and continued our climb up to the town’s pinnacle.  Just like many of these pedestrian old towns, Rovinj had many adorable feline inhabitants. 

But there were certain residents that stole our hearts more than others.  We met two of the sweetest little baby kittens you ever did see!  One was black and white, and the other was calico.  They followed us around as we walked up the cobblestone street, meowing and vying for attention.  They clearly had eye infections and needed some medicine, but it didn’t seem to slow them down.  They were so charming and adorable!  The calico was especially courageous and followed us all the way up to the church yard area at the top of town.  She made her little mewing sounds and rubbed against our legs.  We were worried that she was walking too far away from her home base, and tried to ignore her so she would walk back home.  All that did was make her stand her ground and meow even louder, in her high-pitched kitten voice.  Oh how I wanted to be able to take these kittens home with us, but alas, we couldn’t.

We continued our walk around the narrow streets of Rovinj, looking to see if we’d have any luck finding a restaurant.  While walking down a narrow alley, we came across an old man who looked to be the stereotypical traditional fisherman type.  He walked us along to show us a restaurant that he thought would be open.  Turns out, we had already seen that one, and it WAS open during the off-season.  But it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and this particular day was a Tuesday.  We admitted defeat and acknowledged that dinner would not be in Rovinj, and we’d just have to stop in Rijeka on the way back home to eat somewhere there.  (Rijeka is a hopping city all year round.)

Our few hours exploring Rovinj were very nice, and I got some great pics to show for it.  I’d definitely be interested in visiting again during the warmer months to see more of what it has to offer.

p.s.  I’m STILL thinking of those adorable little kittens!

Here are some more pics from our day!

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This is supposed to be a really great restaurant during the warm months!

This is supposed to be a really great restaurant during the warm months!

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Lovely whimsical tile art

Lovely whimsical tile art

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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