Istria day trip

Unfortunately, the sunny weather didn’t last and the next morning we were greeted in the rain by our guide, Eda.  Eda was a university student in Istria, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about Istria so we eased back during the drive to Groznjan.  Groznjan was a small town in Istria—charming but also very cold and I shivered in the cold as Eda described the history of Groznjan.

Our next stop was Motovun, which had a number of shops selling gifts, truffles, olive oil, and other goods which we were happy to check out.  Eda then showed us around Motovun, sharing some of the town’s history.  She brought us to the town plaza where a church stood and noted that the town was known for its positive meridians and, for this reason, couples liked to get married at the church. There were nice views from the town’s walls.

I should have known better after Adam pointed out that Time Out Istria’s review of Konoba Mondo noted that a renowned Croatian restaurant critic described the risotto as the worst he had had since being in the Yugoslav army but I wasn’t sure if I could hold off on lunch until our next stop.  Adam ordered a white truffle potato soup that was very good but my entrée, black truffle gnocchi with white truffles was a big disappointment.  For some reason, the gnocchi was cooked in a seafood tomato-based sauce which is not something I would pair truffles with.  After lunch, we stopped off in Vrh to meet a local sparkling wine producer.  Our trip ended with a trip to Porec to see the Byzantine Euphrasian Basilica.  We drove back to Pula in the rain and Eda kindly dropped us off at Farabuto for dinner.  Save for two women who dined at the table next to ours, we were the only ones the entire time we were there which was unfortunate as the food was well-priced and good.

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