Why You Should Visit Istria In Croatia

Thursday, 4 July 2019

At the beginning of the June I travelled to Croatia with Jet2holidays and Visit Istria. I’ve visited Croatia before in 2017 but this was a completely different experience. Last time I went to Dubrovnik and it was for a friends hen party. So my two experiences in Croatia couldn’t have been more different from each other.

Our flights were to and from London Stanstead with Jet 2, which is one of the closest airports to me. We set off on Sunday morning so that we could spend a full five days at Park Plaza Histria Pula with Jet2holidays.

On arrival to Pula Airport we met out Istrian guide who took us to our Hotel where we explored the grounds before checking in. As I had been to Croatia before, I was shocked to see just how different the Pula area was. Dubrovnik had more stone buildings and Istria felt more familiar to me. It felt extremely Mediterranean; like Cyprus or Italy. I was then told that this part of Croatia used to be part of Italy up until the end of the Second World War.

This explained the Roman influence found all around Pula, including the food, buildings and languages spoken. Our guide explained that the people of Pula are very mixed and they are brought up knowing all of the different languages and cultures from Italy, Yugoslavia and Croatia.

Over the five days we visited various different parts of Istria and experienced many different activities Pula had to offer. As we managed to explore so much I felt a little overwhelmed trying to narrow it down to a single blog post, but I managed to section it down into different activities that best show what Pula has to offer and to help you finally book that flight to Pula with Jet2holidays.

Visit the historic Landmarks

Pula has so much history dating all the way back to the first century, that you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. For me, I fell in love with the Roman Amphitheatre. Having visited the one in Rome, I was shocked to see how the walls surrounding the amphitheatre were still standing.

If you prefer slightly more modern history then make your way to Motovun. It’s a small medieval walled town situated on the top of a hill. It makes for gorgeous views overlooking Croatia.

The city of Rovinj makes for a great walking guided tour. The fishing port city has gorgeous buildings and sea front restaurants. It makes for the perfect romantic evening.

Visit the town of Poreč. This area was completely different to all of the other places we visited in Istria. Here you can visit the Euphrasian Basilica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porec also offers lots of different bars and restaurants, but make sure you have cash on you as most places don’t accept card in this town.

Visit the different islands

The great thing about visiting the Pula area is that there are so many small islands that you can go out and visit for the day.

Make your way to Brijuni National Park, where you can see over 200 dinosaur foot prints, visit the animals and go around in buggy’s visiting the Roman Villa Remains.

If you are looking for peace and quiet then make your way to St Andrew’s Island. Here you will find the Island Hotel Istria, which has everything you, could ask for. A gorgeous beach, multiple swimming pools, delicious restaurants and it’s even connected to a second island, which has a monastery. Perfect for those looking to do more walking.

Explore The Food Scene.

Food is a major part of any travel for me, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how much food plays a part of Croatian culture.

The food scene is heavily influenced by their surrounding of Italy and the Mediterranean with lots of pasta, fish and meat dishes. Most of the meals we ate consisted of four course meals, a starter, pasta or risotto dish, a meat dish and a desert. Some of my favourite places we ate were Pješčana Uvala, which is a close to the Amphitheatre. At Alla beccacia we tried meat that was grilled on a wood fire, and ricotta cheese with honey and ice cream for desert.

If you find yourself on St Andrew’s Island make sure you eat at restaurant Lanterna. Here I ate a delicious salad starter that convinced me salads don’t have to be boring.

Punutlina is one of the most popular restraunts on Rovinj. As I said earlier, this restaurant is right on the edge of the sea, making it a romatic spot to watch the sunset, eat good food and drink delicious wine all evening.

Finally you should check out Sv. Nikola, Poreč, try their meat special menu as it comes with the most delicious steak and truffle pasta dish I’ve ever eaten.

All of the above restaurants were extremely accommodating for vegetarians and vegans. The kitchens were super efficient in creating meals suitable for those with dietary requirements.

Other Activities

If you are still looking for something even more unique then you’ll love the other activities that Istria has to offer. Throughout our time here, we sampled lot’s of local wine and olive oil.; something that Istrians are super proud of.

Head to Chiavalon for some extra olive oil tasting in Vodnjan. Here you can learn all about the different olive oils, how to spot the fake ones, and buy a few gallons to take home.

Finally, if you have time you must make your way to Karlic Tartufi to go truffle hunting with dogs. Here they have a demonstration kitchen where you are able to sample different foods with truffle. Some of the highlights for me were the truffle scrambled eggs, truffle cheese and truffle honey.

You can also head out with one of the many volunteers and dogs to go and hunt for truffles, it was truly an honour to be able to spend this time with the sweet doggies, and it was incredible to see how loved and well looked after they were.

I would highly recommend booking your flights to Pula with Jet2.

Disclaimer: This content was created from a press trip Jet2. They did not review or approve the content and all views remain my own.


How To Work From Home And Not Feel Suffocated

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The hardest part about working full time on your blog is working from home. At first when you tell people your working office is your bed/ small office from home it sounds ideal. That is until the motivation drops you haven’t seen anyone in a week and you’re constantly having naps because your bed and dressing gown in just so comfy.

After doing this for over four years I feel like I’m a pro at working at home. Although I still have those days where I can’t help but binge a new Netflix series, but that’s inevitable, that’s just who I am. The most important thing about working from home is to have a great balance. Between working hours and time for yourself.

I’ve found that having a clear working schedule helps keep me motivated and productive whilst after that I hardly even look at Instagram.

Here are a few tips I’ve learnt to practice over the years to help keep me on top of everything.

 Set regular working hours and days and stick to them

 Personally, I like to do a 9-6/9-5. It’s the same hours that all my friends do so I am able to fit in with their working schedules too. It’s also a great way to feel like you’re the same as everyone else. Holding yourself accountable to your working hours helps you really switch off after 6pm.

Find a reason to get out the house 

When I’m not attending events or shooting new outfits, I find it a huge struggle to get out of the house. Although my work can be carried out with a laptop anywhere I much prefer working at home because it’s just so much more comfortable. And then before I know it, it’s been three days since I last left the house and interacted with the outside world. Make sure you head out at least once a day. Whether that be to go to the local coffee shop/ pick up some milk it doesn’t matter. I find my biggest excuse to get out of the house is to visit the post office. There’s always something that needs to be picked up or sent out. But if you can’t find a reason, simply go for a walk around you streets/ local park. Getting fresh air will do you the world of good, and once you get back you’ll be able to get straight back to work with a clear head.

Make your bed get dressed in the morning and have a good breakfast

When I was working a normal 9-5 I always found myself in a rush. Having to get ready, have breakfast, catch the train all to be on work on time was stressful, and I’d end up rushing out the house without making my bed and putting on the first pieces of clothes I could find. Now that I’m not spending hours of my day travelling, I have more time to do these. I can have a proper breakfast, I can make my bed and I get ready for the day ahead. I’m not suggesting you wear a suit and sit at home, but getting out of your pyjamas is a great way to put your mind in the working stage. Get out of super comfy clothes and put something a little more rigid on. I tend to put on a pair of stretch jeans and a top/ jumper on and since doing this, I have noticed that my mind-set has changed and I’m ready to work. Although it’s so easy to stay in your pyjamas all day (I mean they’re super comfy and warm) it’s not a great habit to keep you motivated to work.

Open a window

This one is super simple, but effective. Open a window; get fresh air into the house and you’ll thank yourself you did when it’s time for bed. Having fresh air circulate your home is something that you should constantly do. Especially if you find it hard to actually get out the house.

Take days off.

The great thing about working from home is having the freedom to be able to do what you want when you want. This may sound really counter intuitive considering everything I’ve listed above. But there’s such a thrill that you can take a day off when you want. And sometimes you need it. I like to take days off liberally, and I usually spend these days with my boyfriend, family or friends with babies (as they are usually the only ones off of work). I always make sure that I’ve finished anything urgent before I take these days off and that the next day I make up for it, but it always does wonders to my mental health. Having the chance to just say I need time off is so important.

If you find yourself struggling working at home, I hope these tips work for you as much as they have worked for me. I’d love to hear what you do to stay motivated and sane working from home.  

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