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  • Day2

    Lone hotel - a design hotel

    May 26, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The Lone (pronounced Lon-ee) is one of a worldwide club of "design" Hotels. It's designed to look like a cruise ship lodged in the lush forest in which it is situated overlooking a pebble-beach bay. Everything is lush in the hotel too from the rooms, the balconies, the wellness centre and the restaurants. Our second visit here and worth the price - even better when you get an unexpected upgrade to one of its suites overlooking the bay - sweet!

    A great alternative to this hotel is its sister hotel, the Eden, situated beside in the same forest. It's a 4 star slightly more dated on the outside but has great rooms, an underused spa area and best of all stairs the pool and beach facilities as the Lone.

    And only 10mjns walk to historic Rovinj.
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  • Day2

    The purpose of travel..to eat

    May 26, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Croatia is such a big draw for me on account of its food and the glorious sunshine of course. As we have progressed up the coast from Dubrovnik over the years, one think that stood out was its great food and specifically seafood. On the Dalmatian coast where the country is at its narrowest bordering the sea, seafood dominates. Our last two visits introduced us to Istria, where seafood still dominates in the coastal towns but where menus are also influenced by inland istria (truffles, ox meat, cheeses, olives and of course wine).

    Our first overnight was in Fazana - a fishing town proud of its pilchards/sardines. Fittingly, my first lunch this trip was grilled sardines with the Croatian staple of Blitva (Croatian chard with potatoes).

    The pilchards are not the draw for tourists, nor is the fact that Fazana was a centre for amphorae production when its wine and olives were stored for transport to anywhere from the Danube to the Po in Italy.

    No, the main draw for droves of tourists (Croatian and others) is the Brijuni Islands, now a national park, but made famous as the playground of the Yugoslav leader, Tito. Tito spent around six months each year entertaining the many world leaders, film stars and all, some of whom visited bringing gifts of exotic animals which now roam the zoo on the island.

    We didn't venture out this time as we were only using Fazana as a stop over after a late flight in last night to Pula (18 mins away). Fazana is a nice little town and worth the stopover for itself.
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