• AF,  croatia,  europe

    How to make the most of your visit to Rovinj (Croatia).

    Istria is a triangular peninsula in the north of Croatia. It is well-known with tourists for its beaches, its campings and a relaxing swim in the Adriatic. In summer, it is really overcrowded and therefore a lot of travelers (note the difference with “tourists”) avoid this region in July and August. Last year (2015), there were a few reasons why we didn’t… First of all: we both work in education and July-August is the only period in which we can travel for more than 2 weeks. Secondly, we had to flee from Slovenia because of some seriously bad weather (non-stop rains). Istria was only a few hours drive from where we were…

  • AF,  citytrip,  croatia,  europe,  pula

    Pula, a bit of Rome in Croatia.

    I’ve always had a keen interest in ancient culture, especially when it’s really really old. Whether it’s prehistoric, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Etruscan or Roman (or anything inbetween), it has an extraordinary appeal to me. I really like old temple complexes, multicolored frescoes, sculpted pillars and weathered statues. Is it the mystery, the uniqueness, or just that it takes us back to a time where things were less complicated and much more authentical? Since my visit to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in 2014, I have especially freshened my interest in Persian/Assyrian/Babylonian culture. I feel sad that I haven’t visited any Persian ruins before, and seeing lots of this heritage destroyed by iconoclastic fanatics in Syria…

  • AF,  croatia,  europe,  unesco world heritage

    Magical, mystical, mosaical: the episcopal complex in Poreč.

    Cast away by Slovenian storms in the first week of our summer trip, we found refuge in the sunny but touristy peninsula of Croatian Istria. We were lucky in finding a suitable campsite on our second attempt already. We set up tent under some pine trees near Rovinj, still our favourite spot in the area. We did leave the peace and quiet in Slovenia, but that was replaced by the pleasant bustle of crowded narrow alleys, full tables at seafood-scented restaurants and the inevitable collection of shops selling everything from cuddly Minions to Smurfs-coloured icecream. We enjoyed roaming the alleys for their architectural beauty and cosy atmosphere, but the crowds…