Welcome to hotel Pahor

As my zia Livia isn’t getting any younger, my wife and I thought it seemed better not to sleep at her place during our holidays in Friuli (she did insist that we come every for lunch at her place… her wish, our command ;-)) After a long search and ‘analyses’ of reviews on the usual suspects like booking.com, tripadvisor, etc… I found hotel Pahor that pleased me or better on “paper” it looked good 🙂 When I told my zia Livia her first reaction was that she wanted to check out the place before we booked it 🙂  😉 it turned out the hotel only opened its doors in 2014, which basically means it was all still brand new and we got her blessing 🙂  🙂  not that we needed it, but better safe than sorry right?

Hotel Pahor

Hotel Pahor is a “small” family run hotel/ restaurant. The restaurant part was a very important factor during our search to a hotel! With a 1 year old girl we thought it would be easier… Last year we had an apartment, but I was more at the supermarket and cooking then actually enjoying my holidays, so for me it was not an option this year  🙂 . A hotel a bit closer to the beach would have been nicer, but the staff was so friendly and helpful ( They made you feel like you were staying at your family) that the 10 minute drive to the beach didn’t matter anymore. In fact, we liked the hotel that much that we even stayed an extra night (another reason was that in Belgium it was raining a lot and we didn’t feel like rain yet 😉 )

Pahor Family Room Hotel Pahor

Something that made our day was the breakfast… the most important meal of day 🙂 My wife and I still dream of the tepid apricot jam filled brioche/croissant we got for breakfast. The rest of the breakfast was obviously also nice, but that croissant just upgraded it 🙂 (or at least for us). I was also surprised how close the hotel was located in a small town (Doberdo del Lago) to the Slovenian border. We just had to cross the street and we were in Solvenia… although the hotel was located in Italy, you could tell the Slovenian influence was there (more than in Monfalcone which is 5min from Doberdo). Not that I didn’t like it, I’m just saying that I noticed it…  you basically get 2 countries for the price of 1 😉 🙂 I have to be honest that I never knew there was a lake so close to where my zia lives… and I’ve been coming here since I was 3months old.

Doberdo del Lago

We also got lucky with the hotel’s restaurant that served very nice food. They had a really nice choice of fresh fishes, meat, pasta… basically whatever you heart desires and let’s not forget accompanied by a nice glass of wine. Feast your eyes on some dishes we had. The dishes might look simple, but they were very tasty and that’s what matters most to me!

Ravioli filled with scallops and a shrimp sauce Carpaccio Tagliatta Shrimps Crespelle Tuna tartar Swordfish Pork meat

If you would have the chance, do also check out their wine cellar!! Especially on a hot summer days it is a nice place to cool down 🙂 For groups they also serve food in the wine cellar

Art in wine cellar The most beautiful machine

Basically I strongly recommend the hotel and hope we’ll be able to visit them again

You can find more info on their website: http://hotelpahor.com/en/

And so my trip ended

And so a trip comes to an end, after mowing the lawn (YES, she made me work) at Zia Livia’s house and having a great meal…

There are still two more things I wanted to tell you guys about this region (for now).

A little town that I want you guys to visit, is  Cividale. Cividale is another picturesque little town , filled with lots of history. This town was actually founded/ created by Julius Caesar around 50 BC. And after that lots and lots of tribes have concurred this little town….When entering this little town you do this walking over the “Ponte del Diavolo’ or devils bridge….

Ofcourse being close to the sea, I really should speak about where the beaches are 🙂

When you have children and you want to see wild Dolphins (YES, dolphins) you could have to go to Grado. Grado is a peninsula surrounded by beautiful azure colored water where you can find around 30 wild dolphins that life here whole year round. Why I also advice this spot for people with children, first of all because you can walk  10 minutes before you’re finally in deep water, but also because the beach of Grado is full of natural iodine… which is good for children’s’ bones . I like to go there for the great Ice cream salons 🙂 + it has a nice little town and harbor .

Me and my parents (when my brother and I were younger) we always went to Marina Julia. It is nothing special, not as beautiful as Grado or the other beaches nearby… but the best place to do windsurfing and/ or Kitesurfing! too bad I didn’t take a picture, there were really at least 50 of them

If you prefer swimming in Deeper water or diving I would advise you to either go to Duino, a little harbor near Trieste or Sistiana, as there the water is immediately deep.  When my brother and I were older we preferred  going to these two beaches.

There are still many more places to visit in this region, but I have to stop somewhere 🙂

Maybe I’ll post something about the local dishes… only if you guys want me to? Let me know

And so our trip continues

Sorry for delay, but here the story continues…

It seems like I did nothing else but eat during this trip 🙂

Let me maybe tell something more about the wonderful region Friuli Venezia Giulia. When you ask people which regions in Italy do you know, 90% will answer Tuscany and maybe Umbria… But there are so many other beautiful regions in Italy, like Piemonte (as you could see on my previous posts) and Friuli. Friuli is a region that not too many people know, they might have heard talking about Trieste , which is the capital and most important city in this region, but that’s about it…  I’ve been travelling to this region whole my life, I can guaranty you that this region has a lot to offer. Like Illycoffee, this coffee is original from Trieste :-). Also some of the Italian white wines are from Friuli.

Maybe I should first start by showing where Friuli is actually located:

Trieste is  a city that has really one of the most beautiful front views ever…  If you look at the picture right above, this is a view you have while driving with your car towards Trieste. As’ Illy’ is the local coffee brand, you really have to drink a ‘Illy’ or another  local coffee in Trieste! My favorite spot would be “Cremcaffè’ at  Piazza Goldoni 10. But there are ofcourse many many bars where the’ Barista ‘will let you taste why Trieste is the city of coffee.  Not so long ago ( a few years) Trieste’s façade has totally been renovated, which resulted to an even more spectacular view (to my modest opinion)  and the fact the city is right next to the sea, makes this city a ‘must see’… If you would go to Trieste and you are standing on the “Piazza Unità d’Italia” you’ll know what I mean!  If you are a sailboat fan, Trieste is really THE place to be the first week of October, as in that week there is a regatta called ‘Barcolana”. A really magnificent thing to see. Another ‘must see’ is the beautiful ‘Castello di Miramar’ and its gardens. The story behind the castle is a bit tragic…  

 

Udine would be the next city I would recommend to visit. I like this city because it is not too big and not too small, just right 🙂, with the most beautiful picturesque squares. You really think of being inside a painting  like ‘piazza matteotti’, that to my opinion one of the most beautiful squares! (especially when the open air market is there). If you re into design and/or furniture, you have to go to the town  ‘Manzano’, which is still part of Udine. This town is not for nothing  called ‘the Capital of  chairs’, it is. One of the most famous designers from this town is Calligaris. This town also has a GIANT wooden chair standing on a square before entering the town! See picture below. If only I were a better photographer, then I would be able to really show the beauty…  

For all you hungry people out there, San Daniele is a ‘must do’. I could keep eating that ham. For me this is more tasty the Parma ham. Up to you to decide. The pest period to go would be during the ‘Festa del Proscuitto’ (in June) mmmmmmm, just the thought of being there.

To be continued, tomorrow more about this great region.