We began this part of our planning by looking for a modest (ok, "cheap but clean") hotel near the Pula airport -- think "Ibis". But we quickly found that even the Pula Airport info. sites say there aren't any such. And Rick's books say "don't bother" -- stay in Rovinj instead of Pula. Okay, I read that as a suggestion to take a couple of days of the Ljubljana week and shift them to a couple-night stay in Rovinj.
Hmmm... VRBO for Istria shows places with a 4 (or even 7) night minimum in late June. I've sent off queries to the couple of "guest houses" in Rick's Croatia/Slovenia book (Vila Kristina & Vila Lili). Does anyone have other suggestions for a 2 (or 3) night stay within a reasonable distance from the Pula airport, for a departure on 30 June? (We'll be driving/returning a rental car.)
Since this reopens the planning for that week, any ideas/suggestions are very welcome!! Thanks!