What a wonderful trip to Venice & Croatia we had; thank you all for the invaluable info shared oon TA. We started in Venice for 2 days, staying at a b&b overlooking a small canal where we could hear the gondoliers singing as they passed by. I can understand the thin line between having a magical time and not liking it so. I found it fascinating but could not find good food. Took the ferry to Rovinj during a cyclone and got in 3 hrs late. It's worth to pay the little extra for better seats in the lounge area. Loved Istria! And needed an extra couple of days but as it was not truffle hunting season as yet and my hubby couldn't find a fishing trip, he wanted to get going to Plitvice. Had a hassle picking up the rental car from Pula which took up most of the day. Loved Rovinj, although we stayed 3 nights in an apt. which was right above a noisy bar. Ate exceptional food; the best grilled sea bass at Santa Croce, and an amazing truffle meal at Zigante in Livante. There are so many fabulous restaurants, it's difficult to choose. Loved Grozjan; would skip Motovan to perhaps visit some of the other smaller towns we missed on this trip. At Plitvice Lakes, we enjoyed staying at the 3rd unofficial entrance and beat the crowds. Beautiful area.
We headed down the coast, stopping at Biograd & Sibenik but did not wish to linger...until we got to Trogir. Loved it. Great base to visit Split and perhaps take the catamaran to one of the island. We had our car, however, so took the car ferry from the peninsula to Korcula, staying in Lumbarda. Tony at Apartman Val is a chef and creates amazing meals right on your own terrace, and has a dock for swimming and lounging. Mljet, although pristine, didn't have much to offer. We stayed in Polce at Apt. Antonio, great view, clean & inexpensive. The last 3 days were left for Dubrovnik, which at first seemed a disappointment after the quaint Instria towns, over run by tourists & pizza joints. I had booked an apt. online in Gruz 2 days prior to arrival, and found the neighborhood bleak, not wanting to spend our last days of vacation there. The owner would not consider even a partial refund, even though many apts. were available and I doubt she would have rented hers again so quickly. We ended up at Apt. Rugez in Ploce, with an amazing view, and switchback access to Old Town which was great. The city wall walk is not to be missed. It was great staying in apts. so we make meals, if desired. What I loved the most about Croatia are the people, being some of the nicest I have ever met, the color of the water, loud thunderstorms, vineyards & wine, and so much more. Lovely country.