Oct. 25th, 2016

london1967: (knocker)
It was time to say goodbye to beautiful Rovinj
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and drive inland.
That day we visited 4 walled towns/villages perched on top of hills. All of them were ruled by Venice for about 4 centuries so they look a bit Italian architecturally.

The first stop was Grožnjan / Grisignana, a small town that was almost abandoned (2/3 of its population fled to Italy when it became part of Yugoslavia in the early 1950s) but was reborn in the 1970s as a village of artists.

It is rather picturesque and in a lovely position

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(the homemade plum cake was yummy!)

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Next stop was Oprtalj / Portole, smaller than Grožnjan and, sadly, not in very good condition. A number of houses seemed to be abandoned/almost in ruins.

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There's a lovely Venetian loggia opposite the town's gate
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Next stop was probably the most popular of the inland Istrian town, Motovun / Montona. The town is high up on a hill and it is quite a steep walk up to the city gate. It is famous for a film festival.

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Here we had a toasted sandwich as a late lunch and then had a look around and a short walk on the walls

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We then drove to Buzet/Pinguente a small town that is renowned for truffles. Here we stayed for 2 nights at Vela Vrata hotel, where we also dined.

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I had a look around town while Adrian was unpacking

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then we had an aperitivo on a little terrace opposite the hotel and overlooking the city walls, from where we admired the sun disappearing behind the hills

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This was followed by another short walk
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and then dinner.

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