I know I'm kind of a broken record when it comes to Istria -- but it is our favorite region! I've lost count now of how many times we've been. Everything from the amazing wine, truffles, Italian-influenced & incredibly fresh cuisine, olive groves, landscape, friendly people, quiet medieval hilltop towns... we just love going there. There are still so many little towns in the interior of the region that we want to explore, but we got to see one of them this weekend- Bale.
The stone walls you see were part of a Roman Fortification that were later built into and around, eventually becoming a walled medieval city. We were there on Sunday during lunch time, wandering the cobblestone streets, listening to (and smelling!) families eating together inside.
I think it's just amazing every time we see fig trees growing out of centuries old stone walls. I am counting the days until they're ready to be picked!
Beautiful biblical frescos inside the 15th century Holy Spirit Chapel. It's tiny but when we went inside there were a handful of chairs in the back, hinting there had just been a service. It shares a wall with a little outdoor cafe. Sweet John Shea gave the jorgovan (lilac) to the lady who served him an ice cream cone!
More Istria posts here!