This morning we took a trip on a ‘train’ (with wheels 😉) along the old ‘Parenzana’ railway route.
The ‘Parenzana’ was a 123.1 km long narrow-gauge railway line, carrying passengers and trade (salt, olive oil, fruit, vegetables, Istrian stone, lime, flour and wine) through three countries (Italy, Slovenia and Croatia), built in 1902, before finally closing down in 1935. It left a ‘romantic’ memory to those living in the local Istrian area, who thought of it as a way of ‘bringing nations together’, thus a revival of the ‘railway’ was built for tourists in 2002.
Various toasts with various toppings (cheese, truffle cream cheese, anchovies, salami, bacon and another salted meat ; doughnuts with jam ; and a red wine soup with bread bits in for the grown-ups ; elderflower drink ; and a sweet white wine honey drink for the grown-ups).
…where we came out near the town of Motovun.
Here Richard and Leon (who had visited Motovun the other evening) and Ted went back to get the car, while Maya, Alfie and myself took the bus up the steep steep winding road , and walked the remaining 350m right to the top of the ‘mount’ where the wall surrounded town of Motovun lay….
I liked the fact that there were vegetable gardens below the wall in the town… reminding me a little of the Barbapapa’s vegetable garden at the top of the hill when they heard the ‘snap and the chop of the crushing machines’….. 😉