What to bring?
A picnic basket if I’m going by car, a simple backpack if taking a walk! It fits more food and is easier to carry. Both the basket and the backpack are lighter because I don’t take any cutlery. If the food demands it, I bring plastic knives and forks and some trash bags as well, to protect nature. I also take care to bring a blanket, food and – to find a great location!
Ideal picnic food
Sandwiches, various bagels, homemade cookies and small cakes are ideal food for a picnic. They’re easy to eat with your fingers, requiring only a napkin. It’s best to avoid mayonnaise in sandwiches and cream in cakes because, as Mom says, they spoil easily. Radishes and spring onions are ideal vegetables for a spring picnic, as well as strawberries, which are especially nice after a walk in nature! Two liters of water per person minimum, and I also like to bring some mineral water, juice for the kids and some excellent Istrian wine.
A picnic can be just a blanket, company and food, but it can also be more. A ball, some tabletop games, badminton racquets, story cubes or bocce – any game will bring some additional fun to an already fun day.
Choice of location
There’s no shortage of good locations in Northwestern Istria, as well as good fun. I personally adore beautiful beaches, where there are no swimmers in spring. I also like going to Novigrad for the May 1st Picnic at Krapinjan, because I like being among people who share my love of picnics by the sea.