Favorite thing: Though that now this old well is not anymore in use (it is sealed and the top has been filled with sand), it has been used for such a long time that the ropes used to draw the water out have made their way inside the stone !
On the west side of the square (first photo), there remains very little of the Roman temples, the temple of Neptune (Neptunov hram) and the Great temple (Veliki hram), both built in the second century : a fluted column and the lower parts of a few walls, half hidden by laurel bushes.
A few Roman sarcophages are scattered among the ruins of the Roman temples, under the cedar trees (second photo). They are empty and the cover has been removed. No writing is visible. The place is very quiet and peaceful, very different from the crowd in the Decumanus !
The remains of the Roman Temple to Neptun (Neptunov hram) are the memory of the past, but (third photo) behind, in the background, Pore? is living and its inhabitants doing their laundry, and hanging their laundry behind the Roman ruins because everyday life is always stronger than remains of the past.
The cartouche on the fourth photo shows a coat of arm representing a tree with its fruits. The tree is drawn in a symbolic way and might represent the tree of life. The tree of life can be represented under the appearance of either an apple tree or of an orange tree. Here, I would bet for an apple tree.
The fifth photo shows a doorway which is all what remains of a Roman temple. It stays still, while the walls and the temple have fallen down long ago. It looks like the symbol of pointlessness! A wall-less doorway allowing to enter into an roof-less space ??!! It is about as useful as Jarry's handless knife with the blade missing !
The superb house (first photo) with three cusped windows is located not far from the roman temples. Its style is looking like the late Venetian gothic, but more simple and looking more modern. It might have been built later, ''on the model of''.
This amazing house (second photo) is not far, neither, from the Roman temples. It has not the same great looking than the previous one but seems really pleasant to live in, in a quiet part of the city, but so close from the busy center.
I do not think that the architecture of this typical Istrian stone house of a very classical feature has anything particular (third photo), but the low-angle of the sunlight gave it a very strong character and I HAD to take this picture !
Not far from the Roman temples, stands a strict style house (fourth photo) which seems to have been built in the late 19th or the early 20th century. Nothing fancy, but certainly a nice and quiet place to have a drink.
Favorite thing: The Round tower (Oktugla kula), on Narodni Trg, was built in the second half of the 15th century. It is another of the few remains of the defenses of the city and of the city wall. On top of the Round tower, a restaurant has installed its terrace with parasols. We have not tried it but should next time (at least for the sight !)
The building on the first photo, though in poor condition looks great. It overlooks the northern quay. It must have been something important but I have been unable to identify it. It is in the rear of the Eufrazijeva Basilika and must belong to it's complex.
While the Decumanus is packed with tourists, the northern quay (second photo), less than 50 meters away, is almost desert and remains quiet, even in Summer. It makes quite a change to walk from one to the other ! Walking around the peninsula by the quay is a nice walk.
Another Venetian gothic style palace is not far, on "trg Grabara". It is even more difficult than the previous one to take a photo (first photo). It seems to be not so ''wealthy'' than the other one, as there are much less carvings.
The second photo is another Venetian Gothic style house, at the corner of the Decumanus and a small alley. It has beautiful three cusped windows. The top level seems to be built in bricks, with only the window frame in stone. The use of bricks was very unusual in Istria.
The third photo shows a different part of the same palace.
Like most houses in the Decumanus, this Venetian Gothic style palace(first photo) is difficult to look at and it is difficult to take a picture, as there is absolutely no space in front to have a general view. Too bad !
However, on this close up on the windows (second photo), it is possible to see more clearly the delicately carved pillars on each side of the windows as well as the coat of arm in the middle.
Early morning (first photo) is the best time to visit the Decumanus (BTW, this is true not only for the Decumanus). Everything is quiet and you have (nearly !) the whole town for yourself ! Moreover, the light is perfect for pictures !
As early as mid morning (second photo), it is beginning to be crowdie, but you can still walk quietly ... if you have been able to park your car ! in summer, after 10 AM, parking can be very difficult and eventually impossible. We experienced it once and had to drive back to our place !
No, no, no, now, there are too many people for us ! If you enjoy the crowd, then, that will be for you. I don't, that is why there is no photo but a picture ! I came once, some years ago, and that has been enough for me for a long time !
Fondest memory: Quietness !
There are several companies that will take you on a day trip to venice. You leave in the morning about 7.30 ( earlier if they pick you up at the hotel, and come home about 20.00. The trip over takes about 2½ hours and its a pleasant trip. well it usually is but on the way home when I went there there was too much wind and people got sick on the boat.
You get to spend 7 hours in Venice. Upon arrival we go for awalk, to the St. Marco's Square passing near to the famous Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sights, St. Marco's Campanile, "The Golden Basilica"... The sightseeing is followed by a visit to the famous glassworks of Murano.You can then chose to follow the guide or go on your own and explore the town by yourself. I would recommend the last option as you obviously get to see a lot more by yourself. You always have the opertunity to meet up with the guides who are carrying yellow umbrellas.
In the afternoon there is possibility of a unique gondola ride or joining the Grand Canal Tour, and plenty of time for a walk to the Rialto bridge through the main road with its thousands of small shops with the famous masks. On the way back the duty free shop is on board. Price includes trip to Venice, sightseeing, visiting the Murano glassworks, guide and return transfer to your hotel. the price is about 440 kn for adults first child free and next half price.. ohh do i sound like a guide or what?:-)
because i was working hard i only had the time to go to the neach 3 times in a month. The first time wasnt too nice because the water was covered with yucky green stuff and we definately didnt feel like swimming there. The next times it was very nice, a little cold in the beginning but after a short while it was lovely. The only bad thing about it is that there are no sandy beaches there at all. its all rocks.
A good advice is to buy some plastic beachshoes, they will have the experience much better. You can buy them everywhereon the shore for about 50 kn
Porec and especially Decumanus is crowded with icecream bars. This one especially is called Gelateria Funtana and is owned by Tony and family. They carry on the old italien icecream making tradition, and you can surely taste the difference from the normal icecreams.
Still, more seagulls coming ! Oh dear !
Was my camera had enough films in ? I thought so...Anyway, it would take a lifetime for me to upload all those photos anyway, so I just some of them ! This is a travel site & not a seagull site right ?
This is the photo where I could get the nearest to a seagull ! Closer, closer...me thought.
He flapped his wing, trying NOT for me to capture him, but I did that anyway ! Maybe my cap scared him ?
This is the photo of the seagulls flying ! Taken on top of the boat...it's a 2 storey boat, y' see...
That could only mean one thing...we were surrounded by seagulls ! All around the boat...Yes ! Very nice !
This is a photo of a seagull waiting to get his or her meal ! This seagull was the famous one because almost everybody was taking its photo !
He's just stood there like being proud of being an Istrian seagull !