rovinj croatia

May 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

we didn’t have a lot of time here but it was worth the drive down. croatia is surprisingly lush in the countryside and it seems to be a pretty huge wine growing region as well. we had a little hiccup with the hotel. we had a cute historic hotel booked in the center but were moved to “Hotel Eden”. Eden, not so much. a hotel yes. Other than that, Rovinj was adorable.

a little windy!

the cats of croatia are like gangsters

John checking out an old bunker. not sure which war it was from.

handmade flowers. not sure how we’d get these home.

a wonderful little restaurant off the beaten path we found. 8 tables. fresh fish. music from the 30s and a quirky croatian lady.

slippery

adorable little boats. looks like a potential next pixar film.

croatia, the jersey shore.

trieste

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

more great food, more great wine and even a harbor full of jellyfish. was too busy enjoying the amazing coffee to take pictures of it in all its wonderful forms here. the caffe fredo was amazing. off to have another now before we make our way down to Croatia.

hundreds of these guys hanging out.

we were trying to figure out what this sludge was that had washed up into the port

even with the old intellectual caffes trieste feels very taken over by shopping but we did come across this cool old apothecary store still in business

loved this woman checking out the fresh fish of the day. it will be hard to go back to colorado after stepping into this little fish market. so fresh.

a hidden treat for lunch called osteria al bagatto. i could have lunch like this everyday.

good to know

two kids racing each other back and forth through the piazza

best gelato i’ve ever had

a left-a, a right-a and over the bridge-a

May 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

getting lost has been fun in italy. GPS is probably just a waste of money. it’s more fun to stop and just ask people where to go. many of the wineries we’ve visited probably wouldn’t show up anyway. what an amazing few days of beautiful countryside, wine and food.

the wine list at Al Capello in Udine where we stayed

the italian & slovenian border

throwing down the key at night at al capello

learning about winemaking in the Carso from winemaker Benjamin Zidarich

delicious asparagus soup & chicken dish

learning about biodynamic wines from Vesna Kristančič at Movia in Slovenia

delicious fritto at all’androna in Grado

onto Trieste & Croatia

even a blog needs a vacation

May 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been a lovely few days in Italy so far. In many ways this blog inspired this trip in the first place, learning more about wine and Italian culture through the Frasca folks. I’m sitting in a square in Udine taking a break from wine tasting and thought I’d share some photos my husband & I took in Venice. A lot of them are the result of getting lost in the streets which wasn’t all that hard to do. I laugh because flying in a Venetian woman sitting next to me says “you must get lost in Venice”. At one point late in the night we probably would have liked to have been a little less lost after a couple hours but then I would have missed the ghostly photo below.

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