The Parenzana Railway & Motovun : Croatia

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.

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So off we went, early in the morning when it was still a little chilly…

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We arrived at an area where we were invited to a little Croatian accordion music…

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…a little food and wine tasting….

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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).

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Plus there was the olive oil tasting….

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..and the cheese with truffles…..

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Alfie and Ted were pleased with the swings….

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…and the animals….

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…including the tiniest cockerel I have ever seen! I swear he was only ten centimetres high!!!

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And then it was time for the train ride back…

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…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….

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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’….. 😉

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I read somewhere about a myth of a giant in the town of Motovun, but unfortunately cannot find the source…but I wandered if this painting on the wall had anything to do with it?

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Probably. 😊
Another lovely day in Croatia! 👍

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