25 Reasons You Should NEVER Visit Istria

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Paul Bradbury Croatia Expert

Paul Bradbury Croatia Expert

Күн бұрын

It is a region which has a population of just 200,000 people but is the most important for Croatian tourism. A region often compared to Tuscany, famous for its olive oil, wine, and truffles.
A region which has a long tradition of tourism on its coast, but whose inland was largely ignored or abandoned until recently.
Being a Dalmatian island boy, my knowledge of Istria was perhaps not as strong as it should be after so long living in Croatia, although I had made many short trips over the last 10 years. But a trip organised by the Istria Tourist Board in May 2023 opened up a new world of Istria to me, including some VERY off-the-beaten-path places.
So fasten your gourmet seatbelts, and join me on a tour of the Istrian Peninsula and discover 25 reasons why you should NEVER visit Istria.
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@multivisnjica
@multivisnjica 10 ай бұрын
Super prezentacija za našu prelijepu Istru .Rijetko da sam čuo ovako kvalitetnu prezentaciju i saznao opet nešto novo .Hvala na svemu.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Thanks! Lots more coming if u want to subscribe
@kristjan1338
@kristjan1338 8 ай бұрын
Pozdrav iz Brezovice (blizu kopra) Zivela mati istra💪
@jodiehebert8285
@jodiehebert8285 Күн бұрын
How long have you lived there? Is it difficult to get Long-term Visa or Retirement Visa there?
@antonio-eg1re
@antonio-eg1re 9 ай бұрын
born and raised in Istria, and yet this man knows more about my home region than I do. great video!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
and still lots more to discover - great region
@Dorian-wf1iv
@Dorian-wf1iv 7 ай бұрын
I was born in istra it's a beautiful state
@_R0MA_
@_R0MA_ 9 ай бұрын
You said at the beginning of the video that Istria used to be Italian, but technically it used to be Venetian. It was the great Venetian Republic that ruled the Istria for around 500 years, and Italy ruled for only 25 years (1918.-1943.). It's a big difference because the Venetian Republic is not Italy and vice versa. I watched the whole video and it was a splendid experience from the beginning to the end, even though I'm from Istria. You forgot to mention some minor places of interest, like small, but beautiful waterfalls like Cingarela, Butori, 7 slapova kod Buzeta and many more. Istria is actually riddled with them, but even some locals don't know about them. There is also a infamous ''Istrian desert'' near the village of Šterna, the only desert in Istria and a very special and unique place to visit. Greetings from Umag!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Thanks for the tips - didn't know about the desert
@giorgiodifrancesco4590
@giorgiodifrancesco4590 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury Venetians were culturally neolatins of Italy. In this sens they are Italians. Italians states were Italians before the unity of Italy.
@silvianunes9533
@silvianunes9533 Ай бұрын
Great
@marinamose4123
@marinamose4123 Ай бұрын
Musolini blood talkin , gggggrrrrrr
@refe6430
@refe6430 9 ай бұрын
My grandfather told my dad that the Paranzana train was so slow that on a small hill from Strunjan to the Šalet tunnel, people used to jump down from the train, ate some grapes from a local vineyard and returned back on the train.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Yes i heard several such stories, very funny
@noelwos1071
@noelwos1071 10 ай бұрын
Bravo, I am a dark-skinned Croat my father was from Africa and is the only Croatian Award winning black composer. And as such I learned a lot about my country maybe I know more than pure Croats but this man knows Croatia so well that I learn new things from him.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Thanks - sounds like it could be an interesting interview with you if you are interested - let me know on paul@total-croatia-news.com
@moooobkityy
@moooobkityy 10 ай бұрын
Who is your father? music composer?
@noelwos1071
@noelwos1071 9 ай бұрын
​@@moooobkityyMOHAMED SOW
@warwickhowland5816
@warwickhowland5816 10 ай бұрын
Hi Paul. A very timely video. Tomorrow we fly from the other side of the world to start our new lives in Croatia. There will be bumps along the way but it will be an adventure! Your book has been invaluable.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Great and good luck, and thanks for buying the book. Where are you moving to exactly?
@moooobkityy
@moooobkityy 10 ай бұрын
I wish you the best life ❣️
@VeyroneR
@VeyroneR 10 ай бұрын
Hello. Where are you from? Why did you choose Croatia? Where exactly are you going to live in Croatia? GL 😁
@louisewhite2173
@louisewhite2173 10 ай бұрын
Wow Paul, how long are you staying for? Or moving for good like Paul did. Wish we did it at least 15 years ago, too old now. What connections do you have there? Also where are you thinking to set roots in? My parents, brother and I arrived in Melbourne from Croatia in 1958. Our 5th and probably last trip back to my homeland will be in 2024. Good luck and look forward to seeing your life in this amazing country on KZbin in the future. “Sretan put”
@ponkacbg1969
@ponkacbg1969 9 ай бұрын
good luck to you guys. you'll see what is living here about. hope you have tons of money.
@TrazomGV
@TrazomGV 9 ай бұрын
I would like to add one interesting place in Istria and that is Dvigrad, ruins of a medieval town completely abandoned centuries ago due to a plague, and it is remaining so empty in the forest since. Lately it is cleared from vegetation and archeologically explored and now available for tourists, not far from Pula. It is worth of seeing, and next to its entrance there is a small restaurant where the owner can tell you a lot of history of the city and its urbanistic importance, as he is descendant of former inhabitants.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Interesting, thanks. I did hear something about this years ago, but then forgot. Will check it out, tx!
@rowenapaddon3525
@rowenapaddon3525 9 ай бұрын
Great video! You've transported me back to my first introduction I had with Croatia 5 years ago. Only got to spend a month there, and so many places I never got to explore. It's so hard not to fall in love with the country. And so it's definitely on my hit list to return ... and hopefully for much longer than a month! Thanks for the inspiration 😊
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@rowenapaddon3525
@rowenapaddon3525 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury one step ahead of you 🙂👍
@helenr9318
@helenr9318 10 ай бұрын
Love Biska! Wish I could somehow get some of that here in Florida but haven't had any luck yet. Loved your Istrian youtube. Thank you. It brought back wonderful memories of our 5 days there when we were in Croatia two years ago. Rovinj was gorgeous. Also loved the countryside. So wishing to go back soon. We could see ourselves living there, even part-time. Keep your videos coming. Love your Brit sense of humour.
@wernerzlatica5195
@wernerzlatica5195 10 ай бұрын
POREC ist sehr schön ❤
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Haha tx. Lots more coming if u want to subscribe
@pessimusdux
@pessimusdux 9 ай бұрын
You amaze me every time with the respect, knowledge and love about my country... Thank you
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Haha, well it is a great place
@KolePiter
@KolePiter 10 ай бұрын
Hvala ti!Pozdrav iz Medulina
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Nema na cemu - a very nice spot
@Hsbgg
@Hsbgg 6 ай бұрын
We don’t speak a weird language we speak a dialect of Croatian chakavian
@sandrahooper502
@sandrahooper502 6 күн бұрын
Thank you for all the information Magical place overall
@Photostoryhr
@Photostoryhr 10 ай бұрын
Bravo Paul, another fantastic video.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Glad you enjoyed it
@malcr4841
@malcr4841 Ай бұрын
Thanks for the informative video. I can't wait to visit it shortly.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury Ай бұрын
Lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@carstenpw
@carstenpw 10 ай бұрын
Fantastic video 😎 sooo much to see and do
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Thanks - lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@pinobrozic1
@pinobrozic1 10 ай бұрын
Great job. respect! ❤️
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Tx!
@Someguy055
@Someguy055 9 ай бұрын
Thank you Paul for another information rich video of Croatia. Hope the national tourist board is being nicer to you these days! Cheers friend 😅
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Haha thanks - lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@alenblitva7592
@alenblitva7592 10 ай бұрын
I hope Croatian tourism agency will recognise the passion and work you do to promote our country
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
haha, kind of
@alenblitva7592
@alenblitva7592 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury at least some of us would like to thank you, next time when in Rovinj let me know
@ivkajurkovic1041
@ivkajurkovic1041 10 ай бұрын
A very nice report about Istria, well done, thanks....
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@ivkajurkovic1041
@ivkajurkovic1041 10 ай бұрын
Already subscribed 🖐
@renato19862
@renato19862 10 ай бұрын
Nice,Paul. Thank you ! 👋 from Zagreb
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Vid on zagreb coming soon if u want to subscribe
@user-xp7fi7tw2d
@user-xp7fi7tw2d 10 ай бұрын
Spot on, Paul! Would love to have a pint together once you come around Poreč🍺 I’m sure you made a lot of us feel prouder to be Istrian after watching this 😊
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Glad you enjoyed, and looking forward to that pint.
@RedAngel11993
@RedAngel11993 10 ай бұрын
Incredible region; incredible presentation!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
It really is. Lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@EV-on3uj
@EV-on3uj 9 ай бұрын
great video 👌
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Thank you! Lots more coming if you want to subscribe.
@EV-on3uj
@EV-on3uj 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury done !
@bensahar215
@bensahar215 10 ай бұрын
Great job, as always...
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
thank you!
@RedMartyrEntertainment
@RedMartyrEntertainment 10 ай бұрын
Great video! Watch out for our next video game project (currently in early development), it'll be set in 17th century Istria with the main plot centered around the legend of Jure Grando.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Cool. Send me link when done
@sinisa5567
@sinisa5567 10 ай бұрын
Excellent video, as always.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Thank you, it was fun to make. Inland Istria is a real discovery
@doktoronyx6619
@doktoronyx6619 10 ай бұрын
Parenzana is nice bike trail. Trail goes through Grožnjan and Motovun.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
It is fantastic
@Giga16216
@Giga16216 10 ай бұрын
As a Croat Istra is my favourite region. Glad you expressed your opinions ♥️
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
It is a great place
@renatohervatin9599
@renatohervatin9599 2 ай бұрын
It used to be German empire too. Istria is not only Croatian today, but also Slovenian and Italian in the extreme north (Muggia - Milje)
@ReVincentius
@ReVincentius 9 ай бұрын
Despite the fact that we Croats love when a stranger learn our language (especially Anglo-Saxon one; I've found it is pretty hard for you pronouncing Croat words, so you bought me with that), but your sense of humour - we all grow up on "Only fools and horses" and "Mr. Bean" and ofc "Monty Python" - you are a very funny guy! So, this is a really great vid about Istria! And like someone wrote, our TZ & TIC (tourist officials) can learn A LOT from your vlog! And, for Istra belonging to Croatia, check out a priest named don Bože Milanović (not our President related haha) and his effort in proving Istra is part of Croatia! God bless!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Haha my accent sucks
@ReVincentius
@ReVincentius 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury Nah, you're good!
@mitchsudar5859
@mitchsudar5859 9 ай бұрын
May Istria leave Croatia one day
@libertas5552
@libertas5552 9 ай бұрын
Where should it go?
@mitchsudar5859
@mitchsudar5859 6 ай бұрын
@@libertas5552 independent maybe, or to Slovenia, maybe even an Italian exclave
@fidemclam
@fidemclam 10 ай бұрын
Pozdrav iz Poreča 😉
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
A lovely spot
@stjepanistra5238
@stjepanistra5238 9 ай бұрын
thank you and regard from pula, istria :)
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
You are welcome - lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@stjepanistra5238
@stjepanistra5238 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury i did. you deserved it! but more comming aniway, that is you.
@IztokVencelj
@IztokVencelj 6 ай бұрын
I live in neighborhood (Slovenia) and think, I know most of beautiful Istria. Thanks Paul.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 6 ай бұрын
It is a great region
@luisaritosa9700
@luisaritosa9700 9 ай бұрын
Great review of my region, unfortunately, no mention of Pazin and the old Castel of Pazin, and the inspiration that pazinka Jama had on Jules Verne! Here's a link for those who want to know more: kzbin.info/www/bejne/iHmWmaZ8ndCtf5Y
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Impossible to get all of Istria into one video - lots more coming if you want to subscribe
@bojankavazovic
@bojankavazovic 10 ай бұрын
Hi Paul, great video, as usual. Good observation about the inland Istria which I personally prefer to seaside Istria. Few more ideas: - the medieval festival in Svetvinćenat (or Savićenta as the locals call it) which is quite unique. - Austro-Hungarian fortifications. Out of 56 of them in the region, 31 are in Pula alone, mainly maintained by a group of enthusiasts. …an a couple of fun facts: - although Mario Andretti is from Mutovun, Istrians are just about the worst drivers in Croatia. The joke has it that the PU car plate stands for “pazi ubojica” (watch out for a killer) 😁 - yes, Istrian olive oil is among the best in world (at least so we like to think), but a good part of that olive oil comes from the island of Brač, and is then bottled in Istria and branded by Istrians
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Thanks for your comment and the tips. Had heard that truffles from other parts of the country end up in Istria but didn't know about the oil - do you have a link to more info?
@bojankavazovic
@bojankavazovic 10 ай бұрын
No link. Just word of mouth from Brač locals.
@mikistjep
@mikistjep 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury This is unofficial "common" knowledge. Just like the wine from Slavonia that find a way to become"local" in Dalmatia and Istria. :)
@dangertomarketing
@dangertomarketing 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury Ask the guys from Pelegrini in Sibenik where they get their Dalmatian black truffles...
@funkyribar2301
@funkyribar2301 9 ай бұрын
@@dangertomarketing You have black truffles on Medvednica and Kalnik as far as I know and tried a couple of years ago. So everything is possible but actually I doubt about that, Istrians buying black truffles from Croatia proper.
@martinaluketic-se4mr
@martinaluketic-se4mr 10 ай бұрын
@hobbyjay6803
@hobbyjay6803 10 ай бұрын
"You should Never" in Croatia should be trade mark vlog Paul... in all fairness, HTZ should learn some basics from your promotion of our and your beautifull homeland... respect sir
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Haha thanks, but the concept exists in many other countries and is not my original idea
@hobbyjay6803
@hobbyjay6803 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury haha, tbh, don't care about promotions elswere, talking about idea and concept in Croatia
@hobbyjay6803
@hobbyjay6803 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury btw, where else is that concept "why u should never" applied in tourist guide even via sarcy observation... just curious...?
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
@@hobbyjay6803 quite a few places, just google - eg erasmusu.com/en/erasmus-poland/erasmus-blog/28-reasons-why-you-should-never-go-to-poland-283191
@hobbyjay6803
@hobbyjay6803 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury fair enough but still miles away from your verbal explenation on topic u presenting.... i find it way more entertaining and attention catchy when somebody tells a story about it so, forgive me for beefing up your effort, u entiteled for trade mark in my humble opinion.
@LD-wf2yt
@LD-wf2yt 3 ай бұрын
There are three places (peninsulas) in the world, that I am aware of, in the context of Istria/Istra, that share a similar shape: 1. India 2. Sinai Peninsula 3. Istria/Istra Please feel free to make your own conclusions.
@radivojecvorovic4602
@radivojecvorovic4602 9 ай бұрын
The best region of Croatia.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
It is pretty good
@ivana7625
@ivana7625 10 ай бұрын
Great video and great job you are doing here, congratulation! Just one critic in good faith, when you speak about Croatian history you should advice Croats not Yugo Communists.
@mariozaccaria1078
@mariozaccaria1078 10 ай бұрын
It has more then 25 reasons to not visit it. Next time you should visit Ćićarija, Liburnia, Bujština. It's to much stuff :)
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
A lot more i agree
@libertas5552
@libertas5552 9 ай бұрын
Jure Grando Alilović or Giure Grando (1579-1656), may have been the first real person described as a vampire in historical records. He was referred to as a štrigon, a local word for something resembling a vampire and a warlock. He was a stonemason and his wife Ivana bore him two children, Ana and Nikola.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 8 ай бұрын
Interesting. I guess Vlad Tepes, on whom Dracula was based, was not actually labelled a vampire - he was back in 1431. Re strigon, interesting - the only word of Romanian I know (where Dracula is from) is strigoi, which means vampire.
@user-dm7fg5wt9x
@user-dm7fg5wt9x 5 ай бұрын
smijem li Vas pitati, jeste li Hrvat? bez uvrede, ali Vaše prezime je englesko
@cibalia2006
@cibalia2006 10 ай бұрын
Excellent presentation; covered nearly everything. But it is DONALD not KEIFER Sutherland!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Yes tx my mistake and already pointed out and changed in subtitles
@crmlcd
@crmlcd 11 күн бұрын
He said bilingual when it is definitely multilingual. Four languages!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 күн бұрын
If not more
@ayapaiz226
@ayapaiz226 7 күн бұрын
@@PaulBradbury It was italian? LOL OMG ....
@user-dm7pi6ed1n
@user-dm7pi6ed1n 5 ай бұрын
tako je,svi za Republiku Istru! Long live victory!😘💗🌟
@rahstd
@rahstd Ай бұрын
You forgott one important thing, the gold of istra, the best soda in the world PASARETA!!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury Ай бұрын
Didn't forget, it just didn't make the list - only had room for 25 things
@jelenaivkovic3231
@jelenaivkovic3231 10 ай бұрын
This is such a nice video, very informative, but I don't understand why you need to self-destruct it by saying: to 'never visit it' because everything looks so gorgeous!
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Haha thanks. It is part of a series which have been very successful, as many people click thinking it is going to be some fat Brit complaining and then are pleasantly surprised at the positive content. You can also find on the channel, 25 reasons never to visit Croatia kzbin.info/www/bejne/ioaZd3yNa9V2mck , and 25 reasons never to visit continental Croatia kzbin.info/www/bejne/np3Sd6FujdeAnNk , both of which have had lots of views, many who started off angry at me for criticising Croatia, or so they thought when they clicked.
@jelenaivkovic3231
@jelenaivkovic3231 10 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury o.k. I get it, British sense of humour
@osmaks1518
@osmaks1518 10 ай бұрын
​@@PaulBradbury"some fat Brit complaining" 😂 you crack me up! You're more Hrvat than I am by the looks of it! I'm planing a road trip around Istra and you gave me some ideas. Great video!
@bensahar215
@bensahar215 10 ай бұрын
You need to work on your humour/sarcasm and some basic internet stuff such as 'clickbait'
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
@@bensahar215 thanks for your kind advice. Well, the first article in this series got 1 million hits in 24 hours, the corresponding video over 125k views with 99% positive likes, so am happy with the way things are going. I don't believe in a clickbait approach unless there is something concrete the other side, as in this case. Will work on my humour.
@MarioPetrinovich
@MarioPetrinovich 10 ай бұрын
Well, I don't blame you for thinking that Istria "used to be Italian", because a lot of Croats think the same, and Croatian historians, for some shady reasons, don't want to dispel this wrong view. First, lets see if Venetians are Italians. No, they aren't, Italians are the mix of Roman population and Germanic conquerors. But some of the Roman population managed to escape conquerors, and they escaped into the marshes of Venice. Venice was always separate and different from the rest of Italy, and actually always had very strong ties to Eastern Roman Empire. So, no Italians there. Further, Venetians actually only lived on the west coast of Istria, while the inland was always (mostly) inhabited by Croats. Further, since Croatia is still very infested with communists, there is an (nothing more that) *urban legend* that Tito gave Istria to Croatia. Of course, this isn't true. Venice was defeated by Napoleon, and Istria came under Austrian rule from 1797 onward. Later Napoleon even organized Illyrian Provinces, and Istria was right in the middle of it. It was thought at that time that Croats and Slovenes were Illyrians, hence the name. Of course, Austrians didn't live there, but Venetians and Croats continued to live there. The first Austrian cenzus in 1846. shows that there were 34.000 people speaking Italian language, and 120.000 people speaking Croatian language. So, In the past Istria wasn't Italian, it was Venetian. Second thing, since 1797. Istria was Italian only between two world wars, and only because it was given to Italy as a gift because Italy joined allies in the war (but it joins only towards the end of the war). If this wouldn't have been the case, Istria would never be Italian. In other words, in the last 226 years Istria was either Austrian or Yugoslavian/Croatian for more than 200 years. Unfortunately, Wikipedia is inaccessible right now, so I cannot get the right dates, but lets say that Istria was Italian from something like 1919. to the fall of Mussolini, 1943., so, only 24 years. I can only guess why Croatian historians don't want to present those facts to the Croats, but those reasons for sure aren't the fair ones. Everybody interested can check all this in Wikipedia, easily (hopefully it will start to work by then, :) ). BTW, don't use Balkan versions of Wikipedia, but use English version, English version should be much more accurate than Balkan versions.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Am well aware of the difference between Venetian and Italian, but with all due respect, you contradict yourself. I think it "used to be Italian" as it was, as you rightly say, between the wars.
@MarioPetrinovich
@MarioPetrinovich 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury I wouldn't say that the expression "used to be" is used if something was somebody's only for a short period of time. It is not Italian/Venetian for a long time now (226 years), a period only interrupted for a short time (24 years). So, it used to be Austrian (before it became Yugoslavian/Croatian). But, it doesn't matter, the main reason why I wrote all this is because Croats think indeed that it *used to be Italian*, from ancient times all the way to the end of WWII, and that Tito actually gave Istria to Croatia. Almost every Croat think that's true, while this isn't true at all. There is a strong attitude that Istria and Dalmatia actually belong to Italy. Neither of this is true, but somebody is pushing this view strongly, and nobody ever says anything against this false view, although Croats are paying their historians to relieve the truth. Regarding Dalmatia, Croats and Vlachs always lived there. But Croatian pirates were robbing Venetian ships, so Venice bought Dalmatia from Hungary. This doesn't mean that Dalmatia belongs to Italy, since at that time Venice also possessed the islands of Corfu and Crete, and some other islands in Aegean Sea, and nobody can say that the island of Crete belongs to Italy. Saying all this, I am not against Italy possessing the whole of Croatia, I am some kind of pro-western cosmopolite, and although being genetically 100 % Croat, I actually declared my nationality as being Italian in the period from 2006. to 2014., I don't mind if the whole Croatia would be Italian, I am just writing what is the truth, nothing more. But I, myself, would more like to live in Italy than in Croatia.
@MarioPetrinovich
@MarioPetrinovich 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury But, "used to be Austrian" (actually it was a part of Habsburg Monarchy) also isn't correct, Austrians didn't live there, Croats (and Italians) lived there. Croatia was also in Habsburg Monarchy. So, what is correct is that Istria and Croatia were in the same country for the last 226 years (except for the short period of 24 years). Croats aren't aware of this fact *at all* , and they all think that Croatia got Istria only in 1945..
@funkyribar2301
@funkyribar2301 9 ай бұрын
@@MarioPetrinovich Nop and stop trolling :)
@MarioPetrinovich
@MarioPetrinovich 9 ай бұрын
@@funkyribar2301 Stop feeding trolls, :) . What government service you are working for? Where did you see trolling here? I am writing things you don't like? Get used to it, you are not living in communism for 30 years now, and you are still not used to free expression. I know that you are in love with your precious red booklet. Can you tell me exactly what upset you so much, in my writing, I'd like to see your "communist arguments" again.
@COMMANDER_FOX
@COMMANDER_FOX 3 ай бұрын
As a Croatian from Zagreb, istria is just Italy with extra steps
@igorsajn6246
@igorsajn6246 9 ай бұрын
Great knowledge of Istria and perfect pronauntiation. So Americans can speak right if they want to. Awsome.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Tx. Am sure they can but I am not American
@igorsajn6246
@igorsajn6246 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury So sorry for sending you across the ocean. Somehow missed your British accent. But, later certainly explains your fluid words. NEVER Looking forward to your next thing. 🤗👍
@MultiMisic
@MultiMisic 9 ай бұрын
Balkan is Best place in the world
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
It really is
@goranhorvat149
@goranhorvat149 10 ай бұрын
Kiefer Sutherland?ccccc
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Ah, misspoke, sorry - have changed to Donald in the subs
@oviivo
@oviivo 2 ай бұрын
25 reasons Istria is the best part of Croatia 😜🇭🇷
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 2 ай бұрын
it is a slice of paradise for sure
@awkwardowl8835
@awkwardowl8835 9 ай бұрын
Hi Paul, just a couple of omissions in your beautiful guide through Istria: - It has always been populated by Slav tribes. The Romans, Venetians, French and the Hubsburgs were the invaders of the later times. The Italians are a very recent invention compared to the autochtone Slav population. Our alphabet from Vincha in today's Belgrade, Serbia, had been used by Etrurians, not the other way around; - Tito was brought to power to settle some pending geo-political "business" by Brits, so anything he has done is purely British fault, forgiven by Brits, but never forgotten by us. As Churchill had said, he didn't mind as long as it served British geo-political interests, because "I am not going to live there", as he had put it.True, but as a contemporary tourist, you should put an effort to promote the true history, instead of cutting out only the pieces that are inoffensive to the "woke". - truffle business has been known in Istria since always; - wine business has been known in Istria since always; - olive oil production has been known in Istria since always. It's just that before the British interventions in 1939. and during the WW2 (the filthy business is best done when the rest of the world is busy warding off an imminent war, eh?), Istria had never been in Croatia, nor its inhabitants were ever before considered Croats, neither was the whole Dalmatia for that matter. Now, when you have successfully established the fascist state of Croatia in the area necessary to you and over the people's dead bodies, after the third deliberately provoked war during the 20. century, just in order to have the East Adriatic Coast safely in Vatican's 's and British hands (please remember that your Windsors are actually the conveniently rebranded Hubsburgs, so Catholics), you are reinventing our history? I don't think so! Back to school, even if it's only for a tasty meal. Maybe some wholesome food would clear out that British brain fog.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Known in Istria v known outside Istria are two very different things. Now the top olive oil region in the world according to Flos Olei, thd first Istrian entry was in 2005, so while known locally, not recognised internationally as it is today.
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
And am getting used to the fact that the Brits to blame fir everything. I wonder how your comment would have been different if I was Irish, which I am.
@awkwardowl8835
@awkwardowl8835 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury It wouldn't be any different in case of an Irish adopting a British authority categorising the worldwide olive oil produce or anything else foreign to Brits for that matter. Anything innately British or Irish is equally local for us as anything Istrian is for the Brits or Irish, so is the British self-proclaimed entitlement to categorise foreign produce. Would you dare arguing that the authority of the afore mentioned board is older than the Istrian olive production? The natural curiosity of a traveller shouldn't include any self entitlement to qualification without a profound interest in the history of what is local. Otherwise, we would be able to excuse colonialism by naming it "curiosity", which would be by far inaccurate. In other words, are Brits and Irish battery operated never to ask who entitled them to colonise the world? "Deus vult" as a collonising reason is not even in your languages and "finders- keepers" is not a legitimate right anywhere, neither locally nor globally. It is the British overbearing attitude ironically adopted by the Irish that I'm questioning, not the reason for the British existence in their remote barren lands. After all, nobody had named the North Seas "Mediterranean" or "The Center of the Earth" for a reason, I guess. Greetings.
@giorgiodifrancesco4590
@giorgiodifrancesco4590 9 ай бұрын
Quando gli archeologi troveranno traccia delle vostre meravigliose capanne interrate slave, coperte di paglia, che usavate fino a quando non avete rubato le case altrui, potrete dire che siete stati in Istria fin dai tempi biblici. Per il momento, visto che non ci è traccia della vostra meravigliosa architettura vegetale, godetevi le case altrui, ricevute con la scusa del comunismo e successivamente mantenute con la scusa del capitalismo, ma almeno non sparate cavolate. Le tavolette di Vinca sono del IV millennio avanti Cristo. Non c'entrano nulla con la scrittura etrusca e soprattutto, con gli Slavi, che sono arrivati nella penisola balcanica migliaia d'anni dopo.
@user-dm7fg5wt9x
@user-dm7fg5wt9x 5 ай бұрын
ja podupirem ideju Autonomne Regije Istre, sa samostalnom vojskom (Grande Armee) i samostalnom vlasti (Alijansa).💌
@Andre-py9ry
@Andre-py9ry 2 ай бұрын
U Istri nikad nije bilo bolje nego sada pod Hrvatskom. Svat ta ideja o autonomiji i vojskom je absurdna i sa takvim mišljenjem se zove vraga i nepotrebnne nemire. Slovenija bi nas napala i progutala i brzo bismo zvali Hrvate u spas. Italija, i svi ostali su nas izrabljivali i koliko god se govori o korupciji u HR nikad u povijesti nije bilo zabilježeno toliko blagostanja u Istri kao i sada. Mir i blagostanje imamo i to trebamo zadržati a ne bi bilo loše i vratiti se Bogu jer nemoral je uzeo maha u zadnjih 30 godina, tako da ukoliko se ne promjenimo dolazi nam opomena i kazna....
@smokva62
@smokva62 10 ай бұрын
Great Informational video ! Everything you said , makes me want to visit . There is nothing negative. Love it ! ⚽🪗🎸🎥
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Great - so when are you arriving?
@nixer8605
@nixer8605 9 ай бұрын
nije istina da je istra najrazvijenija, dalmacija je razvijenija
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
We will have to agree to disagree on that one
@nixer8605
@nixer8605 9 ай бұрын
​@@PaulBradbury you cant say that you have an opinion about that. the numbers speak for themselves. btw you probably think that only splitsko-dalmatinska county is dalmatia. no, dalmatia is everything from zadar to dubrovnik. if you wanted to compare cities, then, the difference is even bigger. mint.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/2022_dokumenti/Turizam%20u%20brojkama%202021.pdf
@campanianrepublic82
@campanianrepublic82 13 күн бұрын
L'Italia....Uno Stato che nessuno vuole ! 😂
@kristjan1338
@kristjan1338 8 ай бұрын
Živela mati istra!
@marcoanzio8794
@marcoanzio8794 8 ай бұрын
Non conosco l Istria ma come a Nizza(nice) i nomi dei morti e delle cose sono italiani adesso sono francesi . Amen
@marcoanzio8794
@marcoanzio8794 8 ай бұрын
amen
@_petrovic179
@_petrovic179 5 ай бұрын
Presto verrà il momento in cui vedremo l'Istria come parte della madre Italia, ancora e per sempre.
@PetarArcabic-bq7ps
@PetarArcabic-bq7ps 9 ай бұрын
Istra je najbolji dio hrvatske stoga začepi
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Maybe watch before commenting?
@b2unoo7
@b2unoo7 9 ай бұрын
@@PaulBradbury misleading title gives you real croatian pride comment XD jebiga..
@dhogan1967
@dhogan1967 7 ай бұрын
My parents were born there, they had to leave because the Serbians were murdering Italian.
@Hsbgg
@Hsbgg 6 ай бұрын
Theres to much Germans
@igor6270
@igor6270 10 ай бұрын
Istria is the only one that has remained rich, beautiful and advanced because HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) has not set foot yet. once that happens, even the amphitheater in Pula will not survive, even though it stood without problems for several thousand years.. 😁
@random-bi2bf
@random-bi2bf 10 ай бұрын
U Istri je bilo vise kradje i kriminala nego u bilo kojoj drugoj regiji Hrvatske..malo proučite.
@lucavuola3538
@lucavuola3538 9 ай бұрын
Istria, Fiume e Dalmazia ne' Slovenia ne' Croazia/ Istria, Rejika and Dalmatia neither Slovenia nor Croatia
@croatianwarmaster7872
@croatianwarmaster7872 9 ай бұрын
Cool story luca. Now please jump in the pit. *points Thompson SMG* 🇭🇷
@_petrovic179
@_petrovic179 5 ай бұрын
Presto verrà il momento in cui vedremo l'Istria come parte della madre Italia, ancora e per sempre.
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
Croatian should be the only official language there.
@zagrepcanin82
@zagrepcanin82 10 ай бұрын
slažem se ali ako u Moliseu mogu naši ljudi govoriti hrvatski ili u Gradiššću onda ne vidim razloga zašto u Istri ne bi bio i talijanski kao manjinski jezik iako je većina Istrijana talijana talijanizirana.
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
@@zagrepcanin82 Može govoriti tko što hoće, ali službeni jezik je nešto drugo.
@moooobkityy
@moooobkityy 10 ай бұрын
No way
@galg4768
@galg4768 10 ай бұрын
If you look at other regions around the world that are close to the state border you'll find it interesting they have 2 official languages and people are bilingual. It's a treasure and a sign of rich culture at last
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
​@@galg4768 I see Italian imperialists who tell me that Croatia belongs to Italy.
@annerne2299
@annerne2299 10 ай бұрын
Why don’t you tell how istria became Croatian ? After WW1. AFTER SERBIA LOST 27% of their population , istria was taken away from Italy and given to the kingdom of Serbs , Croats and and Slovenians . Given , because Serbs fought with the Allie’s and this was a reward for all the lives they lost and sacrifice d.
@artflob4639
@artflob4639 10 ай бұрын
Dude, are you bonkers? After WW1 Istria wasn't taken away from Italy and "given" to Croatia, quite the contrary it was taken away from Croatia (up till then part of Austro-Hungary) and given to Italy, alongside a big part of Kvarner and parts of Dalmatia. Only after WW2 and gigantic struggle of Croatian Partisans led by greatest Croatian Josip Broz Tito was this land liberated from the fascists and reunited with Croatia. Of course, today all of us are in the EU so it doesn't matter so much but you really should get your facts right.
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
Serbian imperialists conquered a third of Croatian territory in the 1990s. Stop playing the victim.
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
​@@artflob4639 Please stop romanticizing communist murderers and despots.
@random-bi2bf
@random-bi2bf 10 ай бұрын
Istra je oduvijek bila hrvatska, ne iznosi lažne činjenice kako je oduzeta Italiji jer joj nije nikad propadala osim kad su Talijani kolonizirali područja koja nisu nikad bila njihova ,pa Trst je oduvijek bio hrvatski pa sad vise nije
@Giga16216
@Giga16216 10 ай бұрын
​@@random-bi2bfne znam za Trst, samo znam da je istra bila dio AU carstva, ali znam da je Italija imala istru od 1920. do 1944. Onda su ju partizani preuzeli i predali Hrvatskoj u sklopu Jugoslavije.
@natashaj3788
@natashaj3788 9 ай бұрын
Have you ever 😊 popped over to Serbia or Montenegro by any chance ?
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
Many times - here is a vid on Montenegro - kzbin.info/www/bejne/gnO4mGalpLymhpo
@semperfi622
@semperfi622 10 ай бұрын
Jednom sam vec napisao, sad cu ponovo. Ovaj covjek me podsjeca na sve one strane dragovoljce koji su se borili na strani Hrvatske u agresiji Srbije i JNA 91/95g...to su ljudi kojima Hrvatska mora biti zauvijek zahvalna...puno srece stari, tebi i tvojoj obitelji. You most welcome...❤
@GaiusPrimusMatius
@GaiusPrimusMatius 10 ай бұрын
Istra is not Croatia...never was and never will....
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 10 ай бұрын
Haha tx
@hrvatskinoahid1048
@hrvatskinoahid1048 10 ай бұрын
​@@GaiusPrimusMatius I love the tears of imperialist losers.
@jansefran1752
@jansefran1752 9 ай бұрын
25 Reasons to visit Istria ... 😜👍🍷🍵🍽🏖🌅🚲🛵⚓🌞🌛🌊🎇👒📸
@PaulBradbury
@PaulBradbury 9 ай бұрын
haha
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