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Ciao, Venice…Dobar Dan Croatia!

June 6, 2010

Hi friends! We just arrived at our hotel for the night in Porec, Croatia.  We’re only here for the night—tomorrow morning, we pick up our rental car (eek!), and head to Pula, which is about 1 hour south of where we are now.

Today, we had our last day in Venice…well, we’re coming back at the end of the trip for our flight home, but we won’t be back for very long!

After sleeping in and enjoying a late breakfast, we headed to the area that our ferry was departing from, which was also an area of the city that we hadn’t explored much in the past few days, so that was fun! 

We walked around and stumbled upon a neat antique market…too bad we were lugging our bags around! It was kind of hard to browse with all of our suitcases in hand!

Around 1:30, we settled in for a leisurely lunch.  On a quiet canal street, we found a hotel that opened up into a courtyard restaurant…perfect!  The walls were covered in ivy, and there was even a small fountain.  It was quiet and cool, just what we were looking for.

For lunch, we split a starter plate of Caprese salad:

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Along with the vegetarian pizza:

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Best pizza we’ve had so far.  The crust was perfectly wood-fired, and the roasted vegetable toppings were so flavorful! Washed down with a cold beer, this was pretty much the perfect lunch.

Wait.  I take that back.

We got some gelato, and then it was the perfect lunch:

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After lunch, we strolled around for a while longer, and soon it was time to head to the dock to catch our ferry to Croatia.  The ferry ride was only a few hours—it passed like nothing! We pulled into our hotel around 8:00, so we weren’t able to explore too much, but from what I can tell, Croatia is going to be beautiful! We arrived at the dock just as the sun was going down:

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We had a quick dinner at our hotel—sorry, no pictures—and are now watching some sort of talent show on Croatian television.  Yessss. 

Hope your weekend is going well!

When I learn how to say goodbye in Croatian, I’ll sign off with that.  Until then…good-bye!

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2010 12:10 pm

    Oooh Croatia – I haven’t been there! I can’t wait to see what it’s like :D

  2. ginger permalink
    June 6, 2010 12:13 pm

    I can’t wait to see the pictures of Coatia! The pictures of the market food were so beautiful – I wish I were there!

  3. June 6, 2010 12:26 pm

    I’ve heard the most amazing things about Croatia. You’re visiting one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  4. June 6, 2010 12:52 pm

    Looks like such a perfect afternoon. Caprese salad + pizza + gelato? Yes, please!! These photos are making me want to return to Italy so badly!! Have a safe trip to Croatia, can’t wait to see your photos from there!

  5. June 6, 2010 3:47 pm

    i love watching tv in other countries! have fun!

  6. Mary Margaret permalink
    June 6, 2010 4:00 pm

    I am a friend of Anita’s and Croatian so she gave me the info on your blog. It is amazing. I am so anxious to read what you think of Croatia and see your photos. I can tell you how to say goodby in Croatian but not sure of the spelling–zbogom.

  7. June 6, 2010 6:51 pm

    sounds like a great time! I am so jealous you are in Croatia…

  8. June 6, 2010 6:51 pm

    Pizza + gelato, it really doesn’t get much better than that. :)

    Jenn

  9. thehungryscholar permalink
    June 6, 2010 8:33 pm

    You glamorous traveler.

    That looks like perfect lunch. How’s the beer there?

  10. June 6, 2010 8:41 pm

    my sister and parents have both PLANNED vacay’s to croatia in the past. ppl are like huh??!! when you say that but they apparently LOVED it there. I can see why!

    Caprese salad and veggie pizza and you…alll look perfect!

    xoxo

  11. June 6, 2010 8:42 pm

    Ahhh, looks like you’re having an awesome time!!!

    P.S. I have something for you over at my blog ; )

  12. June 6, 2010 10:20 pm

    Glad you made it safe and for letting me know on my blog too. I am a serious worrier by nature…ask Keith! haha! I am glad you are enjoying your trip…it seriously sounds and looks amazing!

  13. June 6, 2010 10:59 pm

    Looks like an amazing time.

  14. June 6, 2010 11:40 pm

    Oh yum… that pizza looks seriously AMAZING!!! And would you like to bring me back some of that gelato? ;)

  15. June 7, 2010 12:13 am

    wow anna, what a trip!

  16. June 7, 2010 12:32 am

    One of my best friend’s just got back from spending three years in Croatia! I’m kicking myself for never getting out there to visit him!

  17. June 7, 2010 1:06 am

    Oh that pizza has my name all over it!

  18. June 7, 2010 1:21 am

    Yum, looks like an amazing trip so far. Glad you’re having fun and can’t wait to see more pics.

  19. June 7, 2010 3:46 am

    That looks like some very genuine italian food, yum!

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