As the 2013 is coming to an end, many bloggers look back reflecting on what they've achieved (or not). For us, 2013 didn't include lots of extensive traveling. We moved out from our old house, and bought a new apartment.
We owed some money to our family and just didn't feel right traveling while owing money. However, we did lots of small trips in Croatia and some in Europe.
January: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Every year we have the same big travel plans for our end of the year vacation. We start planning our winter holidays the day we come back from our summer vacation. For months we keep talking about all the great places we could visit. We plan the budget, we plan the itinerary, we pick the restaurants we want to try out, we check the hotels where we would like to stay. The closer the Christmas time, the less we talk about our big, up-coming trip. As we approach December, we admit one to another that there is actually only one place where we really want to spend our winter vacation. It’s at my in-laws’ home in a small seaside village, not far from Dubrovnik. On New Year’s Eve we always visit Dubrovnik.
February: Terme Olimia, Slovenia
In February we went for a wellness weekend break in Slovenia. This spa & wellness resort is located in a small village Podcetrtek. There is nothing to do there, except to enjoy spa & wellness center. It turned out not to be our kind of a weekend break. Maybe we'll sound like two goofs, but we found it rather boring. I guess too relaxed and too healthy is just not our thing.
March: Restaurant hopping in Istria
Traditional Istrian dishes are hearty including beans soup, stews, game, sausages, and alike. It's a perfect winter food to warm you right up. Istria is also the most advanced region in Croatia when it comes to food, wine, and dining options in general. There are many great little restaurants serving home made dishes with fresh, local produce. March was a month of restaurant hopping in Istria. We had to balance this healthy February wellness break.
April: Frankfurt, Germany
In April, we went to Frankfurt on a five days city break. It was my first time in Frankfurt. Sure, I passed through Frankfurt Airport many times, but I had never been to the town before. I enjoyed Frankfurt a lot. It's true that after spending a winter in our small seaside village (where nothing ever happens during the winter), I enjoy more or less any big town.
May: Wine sipping in Istria
There is no better place to be in May, but Istria. It's a month of wine celebration. It strts with a yearly wine fair – Vinistra, followed by Wine weekend in Porec, and finally with open cellars day. May is always all about sipping the wine. To let you know how much we love it, it's enough to say that we cancelled our San Sebastian trip that was (wrongly) scheduled in May.
June: Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is Croatian capital. It's a lovely town. And we visit it quite often. We even lived in Zagreb for six months once.
July: Camping Sirena, Novigrad
Novigrad is almost our hometown. But we were technically tourists in this same place. We decided to rent out our own apartment. The plan was simple: when we had guests, we would move to my aunt's apartment. She lives in Zagreb, but has an apartment in Istria. However, the things never work out the way we imagine they will. My aunt lives in Zagreb and basically comes to Istria only few times a year. But the very same week that we rented our apartment, not only that my aunt came, but my sister with a family of four came to visit too. And a cousin with her husband and 2 friends. Yes, we ended up renting a cottage in the nearby campsite. And paying almost the same as what we've been making with a rental. We didn't get rich, but hwe had a fabulous weekend by the sea.
August: Krka Waterfalls
We planned for years to stop at Krka Waterfalls, as they are on our way from Istria to Dalmatia. And we go at least five times a year to Dalmatia. In August, we finally visited Krka Waterfalls. They are awesome!
September: Dinosaur Park, Funtana
This is another place close to our home. But we always thought it's dull. When my niece and nephew came to visit us, we took them to Dino park. It turned out to be one of the better activities to do in Istria with small children.
October: Zadar, Croatia
Zadar was fun. We spent a weekend there in October.
November: Split, Croatia
It wasn't our first time in Split. But this time we stayed there the entire weekend. We had a great time.
December: Côte d'Azur, France
This was a business trip. But hey, it's Côte d'Azur, and it is always a pleasure, either you visit it on business or leisure (this actually rhymes!). We stayed in Cannes, but visited Antibes and Nice as well.