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One Kuna, two Kunas, three Kunas, four

How much is a kuna really worth?

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We have never really had trouble with converting foreign currency before but this kuna seems to be confusing us. After a day, we think we have finally figured it out. We knew that $10 was about 55 kuna and we could figure out the smaller purchases easily enough. Our first miscalculation came when I bought this white linen dress for 350 Kuna thinking that I was paying $35. Nope, but the dress is so cute even for $70 that it doesn't matter. Even without Matt's accounting skills we have solved our mathematical weakness simply by dividing by five. We were smart enough not to buy the melon from the market for 37 kuna. We are learning.

This is a what kuna or two will get you in Rovinj-

7 Kunas will buy you a gelato or a yummy croissant for your breakfast every morning.

0 Kunas to stroll down the cobblestone streets and discover doorways to the sea and cute shops to tempt you.

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250 Kunas will buy you a fish platter freshly caught in the Adriatic that morning.

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75 Kuna will let you experience a sun set cruise with a warm breeze and beautiful pink and blue waves. To make this moment extra special, dolphins will jump out of the water to the delight of everyone on board.

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40 Kunas will rent you a bike for 4 hours and 35 Kunas will buy you a cold drink from the beach front kiosk after you drank all the water you brought along.

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0 Kuna will surround me in an emerald paradise, feeling alive and refreshed after our bike ride. I tread water surrounded by the dark, rich and crystal clear water of the Adriatic, stretching as far as the eye can see to one side and lapping gently into centuries-old rocks on the other.

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There is no photo of me swimming because the other Beach on the beach was too tired to move. This is where I swam the second time but we could have stopped at many other places too. The beaches are pebbly or others prefer to jump in from big rocks along the shore.

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We have fallen in love again...

The Old Town of Rovinj & the Magic of the Adriatic

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Although we arrived in this magical town well past midnight because our boat was only able to use one engine to cross the Adriatic, I awoke the next morning and peeked out our apartment windows. I could hear the seagulls and the fellow below cleaning the stalls for the market. I could see the Adriatic glistening as the sun was rising. I could feel the warm sun on my face.

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While Dave was still sleeping, I slipped out of our apartment, located right on the sea front, for my first glimpse of Rovinj. Formerly part of the Venetian Empire, this walled peninsula is a pedestrian wonderland and I was ecstatic to call it home for the next week.

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A Bird's Eye View

San Giorgio

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Our B&B suggested that we visit the church of San Giorgio and take the elevator up (first tower in Italy that we didn't have to climb) for a spectacular view of Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century Benedictine church on the island of the same name in Venice.

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So many boats to see and it gave us a good idea of the size and layout of all the areas in Venice.

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We bought some train tickets successfully for next Saturday and then wandered back through the maze that is Venice. We saw a few different canals and this photo of two bridges was taken while I was standing on a third bridge.

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After a few wonderful days in Venezia, our next destination awaits.....where will two little suitcases go next? It's a 3 1/2 hour boat ride away.....
Well it was supposed to but more on that later.

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A Vaporetto to Somewhere Colourful

An afternoon in Burano

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It was a spur of the moment idea to jump on the next Vaporetto boat that we hoped would eventually lead us to Burano.

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As luck was on our side, an hour later, we arrived at an island of every colour.

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Burano is famous for it's brightly painted houses and the lace that is made there. Lace is also made in China but sold here so don't be fooled. We looked at a bit of the real stuff and as we have experienced before in Italy, if you don't buy after looking, the sales people are NOT IMPRESSED!!

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Here is Dave matching perfectly with the red house, looking perfectly miserable for his photo op. Yes, it was very hot but come on, weren't you having fun Mr. Beach?

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You know you are in Venice when...

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You know you are in Venice when...

1) You will more likely get where you want to go without using a map. Our first day's plan was to get lost in Venice and and be surprised at what it had to offer at every turn. That's exactly what we did!

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2) Your taxi doesn't have four wheels but a motor instead. The canals are filled with every kind of boat including the ones that take passengers up and down the Grand Canal.

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3) You see men in striped shirts maneuvering their boats through the many canals. Each gondola is made of 8 types of wood and 280 component pieces, plus beech for the oar. The gondola’s ornamental prow (ferro) has six teeth, possibly representing Venice’s six administrative districts (sestieri). The over 400 gondolas in Venice are now all black.

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4) The only AC in the Doge's Palace is your fan.
After walking through this palace we learned more about the history of Venice. If you imagine landing in Venice from the sea, as did those who came inland by ship, the first thing you see rising out of the water is the unmistakable shape of the Doge's Palace - the city's most famous building. It was used for three purposes - Doge residence, the seat of the government and as the palace of justice.

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5) You can walk over 400 foot bridges that span 170 different canals.

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6) When you are standing with some of the 50,000 tourists per day visiting the historic center. It is easy to find streets and canals in other areas like Dorsoduro, where our B & B was located, that are peaceful, quiet and with very few people.

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We learned an important fact that visiting a place as a day trip doesn't give you a real taste of what it has to offer. We visited Venice a few years ago on a 40'C day and couldn't wait to go back to our apartment in Padova. After spending the past three days here, we now have a different story to tell.

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