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Снимок экрана 2018-07-10 в 23.48.25Where to go if you are on vacation in Lignano?

  • Venice.

The first most obvious choice. A one-hour drive, maybe a slight difficulty finding a parking spot at the city entrance – and the pearl of Italian history and culture is there to be explored and admired. I love Venice in summer, in winter, again in summer – doesn’t matter, it’s always gorgeous. In fact, if you open up my hashtag devoted to Italy, there might be even more posts about Venice than about Florence (for those who don’t know me long: Florence was my second home for some time and I left my heart there, so there is a lot I had to say about the city… but just maybe not enough words sometimes in the past). During our stay in Lignano, we used the chance and drove to Venice, of course. I loved it in September! Definitely less tourists than in summer on in February during the carnival; the weather was sunny and hot; restaurants don’t close down off season like on the seaside.

  • Croatia: Istria, Umag.

Croatia is so close to Friuli-Venezia Giulia that going there for some seafood is a must-do. The closest towns are Istria and Umag, but driving down for more really doesn’t take long. I already went to Krk and Kraljevica earlier this year, so we didn’t take a very long drive and stopped at Kempinski, Istria. It is a beautiful area. but I found it too cut off from civilization. Definitely a perfect spot for family vacation or a romantic trip for two, but not something for those who love active tourism an parties. But the food! Go for raw red prawns wherever, whenever!

  • Palmanova

The cool thing about this town is its shape: its perfectly symmetrical. Check it out! A pure pleasure to walk and a disaster to drive – all those gates through the former fortress walls are exactly the same! But the town is cool, very authentic. People also come there to buy foie gras.

Next time we will definitely continue exploring the area around Lignano! Yes, there will be another visit, I am sure! 😉


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Croatia

I got the coolest present ever from my girls – a trip to Croatia all together! It’s not even about traveling anywhere anytime being my biggest passion in life; it was also about all four of us doing something together again, which we so rarely get time for! Thank you ❤

We went at the end of May, and the weather was already simply perfect. Just to mention, I am a big fan of heat, and the hotter – the better for me. We got lucky, that weekend was very hot.

Driving down there was quite easy. No traffic on highways, and Slovenia and Croatia have roads of surprisingly good quality. We found them not very cheap, but, nevertheless, a comfortable journey is worth it, especially once we remembered horrors of Czech roads!

We couldn’t go on a single roadtrip with no adventures, though. I don’t know how many times we had already ran out of gas and made it to the tank station stopping right in front it. Well, this time our magic of having a car running with no gas faded. We stopped on a highway with an empty tank. Just stopped. Now I know exactly how it feels, when the engine not just sucks the last drops, but when there is nothing left, and the car slowly shuts itself down, dropping the speed gradually, to keep you safe. I wouldn’t wish to feel that again, though. Well, that was a moment when one hell of hysterics could have bursted out. Getting evacuated in Austria is very expensive, not to even mention how much it would cost if the car doesn’t start because of the air in the engine. As we found out later, our walk on the highway to the nearest gas station wasn’t legal either, not was leaving a car standing in the middle of the highway. God damn these regulations, what else we were supposed to do (tanking in advance is not an option)?! We are 4 girls, two out of which were already drunk on the back seat by that time, and we actually walked ourselves to get a can of gas, brought it back and managed to start a dead car. Problem solved, right? With no help from the outside, just by our cold thinking minds. I am really glad in such situations I get myself together and don’t freak out. So I was super pissed, when someone called ÖAMTC anonymously on us. Mind your own business, man! The service car arrived right at the moment when we started a car and removed it from the still position on the highway, so no fine could officially be put on us anymore. Got super lucky, again! Well, the fact that the car started saved the whole journey in general. Audis for life! Our adventures could already be the best marketing campaign of extreme situations.

Anyways, back to the trip! We arrived to Zagreb, checked in and went to the city center for late dinner and drinks. I had already been there before but remembered nothing, so we all relied on the knowledge of Isabella, who knew her way around quite well.

After having had several meals in Zagreb, I would suggest 3 places:

Boban – a Michelin guide restaurant, absolutely beautiful, especially its inner yard terrace that was just perfect temperature even on a super hot day. The food was outstanding, and the choice is very creative. Definitely worth a visit!

Agava – a cute place on the party street, perfect for a good filling snack in between drinks. The seafood was just incredible, and I tried from all plates, of course! Go for octopus, tuna steak salad, and get some garlic focaccia to it – you will

for sure order another portion 😉 We asked for some dry local wine everywhere, not being familiar with Croatian grapes. The selection was very satisfying, and the staff seemed professional, which is a good asset for places where people get seasonal jobs in catering very often.

Kava Tava – the fanciest breakfast ever! No kidding, and I have seen breakfasts! Very cheesy rich juicy sandwiches, good selection of breakfast sets, and their pancakes! Heaven! Super glad the girls found the place, please stop by at Zagreb just for a brunch there if you ever get a chance!

Next morning we had some good bakery (omg everything in Croatia is so delicious!), jumped on the car again and headed to the seaside. The driving was very smooth again, even through the mountains area. Amazing constructions of roads and spectacular views from every hairpin turn were indeed a pleasure. Kraljevica was our first stop. Me and Jamila rested there a bit and took some pics, our alcoholics from the back seat replenished the reserves in their blood vessels (this we never forget! unlike replenishing reserves of gas in the tank…), we had very chilled time in port there, and further crossed the bridge to go to the island where a place with a funny name Krk is. That is a small and absolutely adorable town with narrow streets, stone pavements, authentic shops and a lot of ice cream. Initially, our plan was to find the most famous restaurant there, but we ended up staying literally at the first place we saw when left the parking lot and walked down to the marina – and the seafood there was indescribable! I would just eat 24/ in Croatia!

After the day on the seaside, chilling in the sun and having food drinks and again loads of food in the evening, we spent the next day in Zagreb again. Just 3 days, but that felt like such a getaway! Thanks, Croatia! And to the girls, of course! Here started the real summer!

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Написанный своевременно пост из Хорватии пропал, так что, вместо историй о сломанном туалете, прогулок в лесу, карабканий в горы, тонны фастфуда, “мани, бич!” в церкви и прочих хахашечек и приключений – оставлю на память хотя бы фотографии…

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