Friday, April 18, 2014

IVF Czech 
 April 10-13th

After Lake Bled, we went south to the Istrian part of Croatia, to the coastal town of Rovinj.  This area used to be part of Italy I believe, so there is a heavy Italian influence here.  Most importantly… the PIZZA! Ever since our honeymoon seven years ago we have compared every pizza we have ever eaten to what we ate in Italy.   The pizza in Croatia is the closest by far.  It was awesome!   We spent two hours just to get to the recommended pizzeria, because no one mentioned you couldn’t drive in Old Town Rovinj, and our GPS was taking us all over the place.  We switched to Google GPS and it told us we would have to walk the rest of the way.  We then got all turned around in the city as well, but finally found the gate to Old Town and De Sergio Pizzeria. 

Rovinj, Croatia
  My parents told us about a panoramic boat trip of the islands around Rovinj on a boat name Mare.  We found the boat and our guide Gordon took us on a really nice hour long trip all by ourselves.  Afterwards we went to the pizzeria again and did a little shopping. 
Mare Blu, Rovinj
Our Penzion (hotel) was only a few meters from a park and beach so when we came home we were given bikes by the owners and took a ride down the road.  The beach was definitely not Siesta Key, but the park and ride were beautiful.  The beach was extremely difficult to walk on because it was all rocks, but we had a very nice time sitting by the water and riding the bikes.     

The beach and park with bike and walking trails near Apartments Romano

   The next day we decided to take a trip to Trieste, Italy which is only about 1 ½ hours from Rovinj.  We had no idea what was there or what we were getting into, but we chose it because John’s addiction to pizza is out of control.  He wanted pizza in Italy, but the trip was a bust.  We found a pizza place but unfortunately their credit card machine was down and we had to leave.  After a terrifying ride in the city I was ready to leave and we ended up picking a pizza place on the GPS that was in Slovenia, unbeknownst to us.  John was not happy! 

Motovun, Croatia

 The trip was salvaged by a visit to Motovun, Croatia on the way home.  It is a small hillside town north of Rovinj that was very picturesque.  We walked up steep cobblestone streets, shopped a little, and ended up eating soup at a nice place at the top of the town overlooking vineyards.  The next day we left early because we had a seven hour trip to Zlin.  Up next on our IVF journey is our first appointment at the clinic.  

More on our journey to come...

 Kelly and John

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