“In time the limestone coast became a granary and vineyard of Venice; Istrian marble would front renaissance palaces on the Grand Canal, Dalmatian pine would plank the Republic's galleys, and its seamen would sail them.”
“The locals used to paint a band of white around their windows and doors to mimic the traditional white Istrian stone frames, which border the windows in the more affluent, neighboring city of Venice.”
“At 3:00 A.M., the Athena Team left their hotel and drove toward the tip of the Istrian peninsula.”
“There's the Lidia Bastianich northern Italian school, with both Istrian and Italian-American influences.”
“Although the foreign agents are Martians, they are not particularly alien, looking enough like human beings that the Martian leader could call himself Boris and pose as an Istrian.”
“He's supposed to be an Istrian -- old Slavonic nobility -- but I have my doubts.”
“The current Palazzo Gradenigo, built of white Istrian limestone and bricks, dates from the mid – 17th century.”
“The road commonly called the Flats, which struck south into the lush farmlands of the Istrian Plain, was crowded.”
“This is what had altered the current: They had reached the Ascent, the slow uplift that marked the end of the Istrian Plain.”
“Indeed, there has, but what was once a killing ground has become a kind of Hobbit's Shire where the people love to eat their home-cured Istrian ham and drink wine made from their own grapes.”
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