Moving on to Motovun

After spending four days in Croatia with my parents and toddler, I have done my best to condense this down to three posts.  This, my last on Croatia, is about the incredible old village of Motovun on the penisula of Istria, Croatia.   Nestled in the vineyards and mountains of western Croatia, Motovun sits upon a small peak.  Let’s begin with the fine view of Motovun from afar…

As we drove near, this is the view of Motovun...

As you drive near,  Motovun emerges out of the hills before you!

I love the vineyards in the foreground.  This whole area is wine country.

THIS JUST IN- turns out, Mario Andretti was born here!  His parents were Italian, as were many of the residents of Motovun back then.

The whole area is wine country, you see the vineyards in the foreground.

Note the large city wall, and the buildings on the far right.  See the last buildings on the right? We parked there and walked up the old cobblestone to the church at the top.

Parked here (beautiful cemetary!) see the church at the top?

Parked here (beautiful cemetery!) Note the church at the top, pics below….

The church is the Parish Church of St. Stephen (Sveti Stjepan) circa early 17th century.

Walked around here- gorgeous views from the top!

Walked around here- gorgeous views from the top!

AND NOW THE VIEWS FROM THE TOP……

So to make a long story short, Eliot collapsed in the stroller on the bumpy road down to the car. So as he slept, we decided to drive to another town, Novigrad for shopping and dinner!  Life is SO good when your child naps.

Novigrad is another coastal town.  Apparently speedo-optional.

Novigrad is another coastal town. Apparently speedo-optional.

Sorry, couldn’t resist…I will say they have a lot of shopping here.  The kind of clothes shopping you might see in TJ Max or Ross…but the good thing is, you can barter the down to the price you care to pay.  I love that.

Anyhow, life with a toddler means you have to ride the tourist train….the PINK tourist train. Well, whatever.

Kill me now.

Kill me now, but he is SO happy!

we had GREAT food, but the problem is, you have to ask a local where to go, because some of it can be mediocre tourist food.

We had GREAT food, but the problem is, you have to ask a local where to go, because some of it can be mediocre tourist food.

A lovely part of Istria, is it has Italian influences, so you get a Croatian/Italian blend.

Yours in Croatian wines from atop medieval towns...

Yours in Croatian wines from atop medieval towns…Kim

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