“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
And you, Colt James, are working on doing just that.
Oh Poreč… even though my time with you was short, you have captured my heart. Colt had spent some time in Croatia on holiday last year, in Rovinj. He knew how beautiful the country was, and knew some of what it had to offer. He also knew that surprising me with a trip there for my birthday was the last thing I ever expected.
Sadly our trip to Croatia had to be cut short due to the fact that I landed a last minute interview with a new University here in Steyr. But the few short days we had there were worth the almost 5-hour drive. We chose Poreč for a couple of reasons. One, we could drive there. Two, Colt wanted a new city we could experience for the first time together (hello romance). Three, well… it’s beautiful.
One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to visit the Euphrasian Basilica. What I would consider the most valuable cultural monument in Poreč was first built in the 4th century with the present basilica being built in the 6th. It is the most complete surviving complex of its type and a UNESCO world heritage site. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know I have a thing for these beauties.
Along with our tour of the basilica, we had the opportunity to climb to the top of the sites bell tower.
Side note: The tower bells began to ring while we were right beneath them and I’m more than positive my caught off guard shocked reaction kept Colt laughing for the rest of the day. I also don’t think I could properly hear for the next several hours either.
Aside from our visit to the Basilica we spent some time each day at the local market, and ate as much seafood as we could stomach. We found the cutest apartment to stay in through Airbnb, spent some time at the beach, and Colt even tagged along as I shopped some local stores for hand- crafted Croatian treasures.
Out of all the things Croatia is known for, there are two which happen to be at the top of this girls list of favorites. Their wine, and olive oil. Let‘s just say several bottles of both found their way into our car before the drive home.
We plan on going back to this beautiful country as soon as we have the time, it’s sheer beauty and hospitality were just what this girl needed. A little vitamin D and lots of wine didn’t hurt either 😉