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Summer by the Sea

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Today, I wanted to share a non-bookish glimpse into my life with you. If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these already – but they are all nicely collected here.

We spent a week in Fažana, which is a small coastal town in Istria, a Croatian peninsula not far from Slovenian border. We visited other places up and down Istrian coast in previous years and we decided to book a place in this auto camp because it had nice, new mobile homes (they’re like tiny apartment houses with a verandah out front). My husband and I are very fond of camping (in a tent) but since I’m seven months pregnant, I really had no desire to sleep on the floor and to have to walk to communal bathrooms twice a night with a headlamp.

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The week began with some poor weather, so we took a trip to Pula, which is the largest town of the region (very pretty in its own right, we’ve often visited). But we needed a good entertainment option for Kiddo, so we picked the aquarium. I had no idea it was this large and well-appointed! It also has a sea turtle rescue center where they keep injured sea turtles (the big ones!) until they’re well enough to be released back into the sea.

Kiddo was very, very happy with this choice – especially since we’d just watched Finding Nemo yet again and we found a special tropical tank with Dory, Nemo, and several other fish from the movie. We also saw sharks, which were fascinating to him. For me, the best display was a lit-up tank of jellyfish, which I would be terrified of meeting out in the open sea, but they look so beautiful like this.

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We had a very nice lunch at the Fažana marina, where we could watch boats coming and going and some gulls looking for fish. The weather was so hot it was actually a bit tiring for me – pregnancy and heatwaves don’t mix well. But I spent the afternoon in the shade, which was nice. My husband is the best, he takes really good care of me and our kid.

sunset-fazana

The last evening, I took some time to walk along the beach, listening to an audiobook while A. put Kiddo to bed (we alternate nights). It was still hot but not unbearably so and the sky was cloudless, so it was easy to take a series of slightly clichéd photos of the sunset. :)

Kiddo then stayed on for another week of the holidays with his grandparents (my mom and dad) while we returned home to get some free time. As I’m writing this, he’s still there and I miss him so much already but I’m also looking forward to sleeping in and having some time to really dig into my work.

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Are you planning on visiting the beach this year? Does this mean the sea or a lake for you?

What are your favourite ways to relax during the summer?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Unplugging

strunjan-seasideWe spent two days at our seaside, in Strunjan, last week. We don’t often go to the Slovenian coast, opting instead for Croatian beaches, which are, admittedly, prettier than ours. The weather was great, 31°C (88°F) and slightly windy so it was actually rather cool in the shade. The water was cold-ish but refreshing and clean and we strolled to the top of the cliffs to enjoy the afternoon sun (HOT, especially when pushing the stoller uphill) and the view over the Gulf of Trieste.

strunjan-cliffsIt was our first time staying at a hotel with the kiddo and we liked it very much (especially since it was also a break from all the cooking and cleaning we have to do each day!). The food was good, the nights colder than in the city, and the mosquitos managed to avoid the kid and only feasted on A. and me.

strunjan-sunsetBut best of all, I think, was the fact that I unplugged from the web a bit, only checking my Instagram account (I’m an addict, what can I say?). I read a lot, but also just enjoyed hanging out with my two favourite people. As much as I love my computer(s) and internet, it’s sometimes great to put it all away and just be.

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Do you like to unplug from time to time?

Or are you fused to your smartphone and computer?

What are your plans for this summer?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

Exploring Summer

This summer has been quite mild in Slovenia, and also rainy – which doesn’t bother me in the slightest, because I prefer not to roast when I’m in the town. We have, however, made several nice day trips to the mountains and we spent a week at the seaside in Croatia.

Today, I want to share a couple of photos with you – maybe you’ll fall in love with our corner of the world and come visit :) I highly recommend it!

logarska

This is a view up the beautiful Logarska dolina, a valley that’s quite near the Austrian border. We took the path that you can just make out in the lower right corner of the photo – it took us along the icy cold river and right up to the foothills of the mountains. We’ve hiked here before and went higher up as well (the views are gorgeous!), but since I’m in my third trimester and getting rather clumsy, we decided to stay on easier paths.

cattle

These are some very shaggy cattle that we saw there – our cows are of the “normal”, short-haired variety, so I think these must be imported from somewhere, but they looked really cute. They’re smaller and hairier and look like they belong somewhere in the North.

jezersko

This photo is from this week’s trip to Jezersko, which is also close to Austria. It was very hot in Ljubljana on that day (33°C; 91 F), but it was cooler here. We had a great lunch after our walk, sat by the lake, read, watched the ducks fight (there were some very vicious ones, totally feral) and vowed to come exploring in the years to come.

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sunset1

And these are two photos of the sunsets we had the privilege of observing while we vacationed in Croatia (quite close to Pula). The weather wasn’t really appropriate for swimming and sunbathing – it rained a lot and the wind was really cold – but we strolled around in the evenings and managed to catch up on sleep and reading. Very relaxing.

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Where have you been this summer?

Do you prefer the mountains or the sea?