Mali Brijun Island and K.U.K. Fortress Brioni Minor

KuK Marine in Pula in early 1900sBrioni Minor fortress on Mali Brijun Island

A quick tour of Brijuni National Park

Last week we were in Istria exploring possibilities for some new tours due to increase in bookings we have for this truly magical part of the country. One of the places I wanted to visit was the Brijuni National Park. Last time I was there was in elementary school some 30 years ago 🙂 Many things have…

Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria

I love maritime museums. A year ago I was in Pula and had some time on my own so I decided to visit their maritime museum. Pula was the most important military naval base of Austro-Hungary and that is my favorite part of naval history: late 19th century and WWI. Since 1961,  founded as the…

Euphrasian basilica in Poreč, Istria

It has been a while since I first visited Euphrasian Basilica in Porec – back in 1987 while we took a field trip to Istria. Located in lovely Porec town, it is one of the most exceptional monuments for early Christian architecture and art in Europe and listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site….

Fresco painting in Istria

I still have some nice stories from Istria to share… One of them is the story of wonderful fresco painting workshops  in charming Roč town. Thanks to my Istrian partner Zdenka, of Istriana Travel, we are adding this great program to our list of private tours in Croatia. And we had to check it in…

Vinistra 2011

As always, Vinistra is a special event that should not be missed if you have any interest in great wines and food. Since I expect more elaborate reviews of wines and oils from my blogging friends, I will give just an overview of this year’s event. Vinistra was held again at Žatika sports hall in…

Grbac sparkling wine

Istria does not stop to surprise! Thanky to my friend, business partner and guide – Zdenka of Istriana Travel – I visited one of the most interesting traditional wine cellars in the country. Not only it is traditional but it is a wine cellar that produces only sparking wine using only the traditional method. The…

Frescoes of Beram

Still getting through all the pictures of Istria! It will take at least 3-4 more blog posts to get all that beauty in writing… Next stop was tiny Beram with one of the most interesting late Gothic frescoes in Croatia! A place I always wanted to visit because of several amazing images… The frescoes are…

Best Restaurants in Croatia – Pepenero, Novigrad

Another hard day “in the office”! Pepenero is known for a while now as the restaurant serving the most avantgarde menus in Croatia and specializing in sea food and molecular gastronomy- So, on my recent trip to Istria, it was high, very high on the must visit places. Pepenero is located in Novigrad and it…