Here’s my third postcard from my holiday in the heart shaped province of Istria in Croatia. After a lazy day yesterday we made full use of our hire car to explore something of the inland areas away from the coast.
I was reminded so much of Tuscany – the medieval hill-top towns, the landscape of olive groves, vineyards and poplars but no-where felt particularly crowded, even at the height of the holiday season. And I tried my first truffles – as this is the heart of truffle country where the largest truffle in the world was found, it seemed a shame not to. I had a fresh pasta with a simple creamy sauce topped with shaved truffles, but the children stuck to spaghetti bolognese & Sprite.
I was really inspired by the hill-top town of Grožnjan, with cobbled lanes, mellow stone houses and scarlet geraniums at the window. It’s a haven for artists and there are many galleries with ceramics, painting and jewelery. Sadly we were one day too late for the Jazz is back! festival which was on every evening through July. Not to worry – plenty more to enjoy here in Istria.
Wish you were here!