The last three days of our trip were a blur as we tried to take in as much of Croatia as we could. Our night in the castle at Motovun had been nice, but not what I had expected. From the outside it looked like a typical castle, but the inside looked like a typical motel. I was expecting stone steps and walls. Well, at least it was comfortable.
The next day we drove down the coast to Pula, an large city on the tip of the Istrian Peninsula. It is also the site of one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters. After looking around marble columns, stairs, and underground rooms we made our way to the old part of town. There were plenty of historical sites and local vendors, but it was also getting hot. We found a cool place to get lunch before heading back to the car and moving on.
We had a long drive ahead of us as we went away from the coast to the Plitvice Lakes. Our drive was made longer as I blindly followed the GPS leading us through a road that started okay, but narrowed down to a twisty, one lane trail through the woods. We finally found the guesthouse we were staying at and then took some more time to find one of very few restaurants in the area for dinner.
We're glad we saw Croatia, but we wished that we had taken a slower pace. By the end we were getting tired of traveling and ready to be home. It didn't help that the following day we had to return the car, get on a train to the border, take a taxi over to Trieste, take another train to Venice, get on our plane to Paris, and finally catch a shuttle late at night for our hotel. We were rewarded the next day though as we somehow got upgraded to first class on our flights back to Denver on Icelandair.
Altogether it had been a wonderful trip and I'm glad Erin and I could share the excitement and adventure of Europe together.