|Storm with a whirlpool on the Adriatic Sea.|
During our stay in Istria we toured quite a number of places. First we went by ship to Rovinj
(Italian Rovigno). Before we reached it, we saw a storm with a whirlpool on the sea westward. Luckily the storm was a long distance from our ship, somewhere near to the Italian shore
where Venice was. About a hundred kilometres from us. We sighed with relief...
|Rovinj. Old Town with St. Euphemia's basilica towering over the hill.|
|Rovinj. A steep alley.|
There are lots of narrow lanes climbing up to the top of the hill in Rovinj. We took this one.
|Lim Canal. Nine-kilometre long estuary of the river Pazincica near Rovinj.|
Then Pula. Pula (Pola in Italian) is probably the oldest town on the Croatian coast of the
Adriatic. Its most famous monument is a great Roman amphitheatre, Pula Arena constructed
in 1st c. A.D., still standing to this day.
Yet we were impressed by another monument - remains of the small Roman Theatre originating from 2nd century A.D. with fragments of auditorium and proscenium.
|Pula. Impressive ancient theatre.|
And below the monastery of St. Francis built in the Romanesque style from the end
of 13th century.
|Pula. St. Francis' monastery.|
We also visited Opatija (Abbazia in Italian) situated on the eastern coast of Istria by the Kvarner Gulf. There we liked a long promenade along the seashore extending for 12 km.
|Opatija. Sculpture of a girl with a dove. View of Rijeka in the background.|
|Opatija. The same sculpture from a different side with a view of the Kvarner Gulf.|
|Polish traces in Opatija. A plaque commemorating stay |
of Marshall Józef Piłsudski.
Eventually we went to Porec (Italian Parenzo) to see the most precious monument in Istria -
the Euphrasian Basilica (inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List) - from 6th century A.D.
It was late evening, but we found the place easily. Inside the basilica we saw the most beautiful Byzantine mosaics. Porec was worth visiting.
|Porec. Byzantine mosaics in the Euphrasian Basilica.|
|Porec. Ancient floor mosaic from 4th /5th c.|
Leaving the basilica we popped in to a small gallery, where we wanted to buy some nicely looking souvenirs from Porec. Inside there was a tourist talking to a young shop-assistant. The girl was showing her a jug decorated with traditional regional patterns. She was telling affectionally how her father (who was a sculptor) collected the patterns travelling around, talking to people living in this part of Croatia, trying to obtain information, and so on.
The tourist asked with excitement: Croatia? What do you mean Croatia? We are in Istria, aren't we?
The girl: Yes, but Istria is in Croatia. We are in Croatia, aren't we? This is the name of the country you are in.
The lady: No, this is not Croatia. This is Istria...
Those were the holidays...
Those were the holidays...
And now I think it 's time for new dolls to turn up.
Thank you very much for popping in.