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Portoros and Pirano…

Adjusting to a new culture takes time. After a record breaking thirteen hours of sleep (in spite of a giant storm – torrential rain, lightning, thunder…) we awoke to find a beautiful morning and a completely renewed family.  It seems we have finally adjusted to being on this side of the world.

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Breakfast was thick sliced fried pancetta, farm fresh eggs (a gift from a neighbor) and toast with cream cheese underneath a thick layer of homemade plum jam. (Note: if you are in Europe and someone says “fatto in casa” you must partake. That is secret code for absolutely the best that there is…)

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Today we drove into Slovenia to see the short but sweet and lovely coast. Portoros is kind of like an eastern European riviera and filled with jingly jangly tourists decked out with all the bells and whistles to prove it…

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The boardwalk is gorgeous, the views are lovely, and little bits of old world character can be found here and there among the shiny new stores and restaurants if you are willing to seek them out…

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We picnicked on homemade sandwiches for lunch and then packed up and moved on to Pirano…

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(Photo by Miss G. – isn’t it amazing?!)

Pirano has a completely different feeling from the rest of the Slovenian coast…

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It is jam packed with half naked tourists in all shapes and sizes hanging out for the sea and sun and relaxed atmosphere.

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We started with amazing gelato right at the beginning of town and were thrilled with the richness of flavours: pistachio, dark chocolate with pear purée, peach (with fresh local peaches!) and “veneziana” – a unique combination of vanilla and candied orange…

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After cooling down with ice cream we walked through the city instead of along the boardwalk to avoid the hot afternoon sun and discovered small symbols of Venetian history in surprising places…

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From the main piazza (inhabited by the statue of Giuseppe Tartini) there is a view up to the the old castle walls.

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Piran is a wonderful city to explore on foot as it is tiny and jam packed with very narrow streets all twisting and turning on top of each other, but the main town is completely flat so that it feels like a very antique maze without the possibility of really getting lost.

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And just in case you love this town as much as I do and are thinking of moving here for good…

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(I’m not collecting any commissions but if you buy it let me know!  I am coming to visit you!)

One of my favourite parts of Piran is the scenic stroll potential – we stuck to the shady streets earlier in the afternoon, but once it started to cool towards the evening we were able to wander along the waterfront and enjoy the cool breeze blowing in.  The view is unbeatable, and there is so much to look at for entertainment.

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(Photo by Miss G. again – some of her pictures were better than those taken by the camera crazy grownups…

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Quote of the day – G. Junior on arrival: “Didn’t we just come here yesterday?” Me: “No honey. That was a different really old city. They all look like this.” Him: “Then why are we here?  Can’t we just go to the beach?”

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(Photo by a sympathetic big sister…)

Home just in time for (gourmet) dinner…as you know we are travelling with our own (Italian!) chef. (Sorry Nonno.) Tonight’s menu: local sausages, homemade mushroom risotto, fresh bean salad with balsamic dressing and some incredibly cheap wine from Dalmatia… delicioso!  (I am never leaving! 21 more amazing days on the way!)

For the record – Miss G. is never leaving either; they sell her favourite food in jars bigger than her own head…

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