Porec Off The Beaten Path

  • On our way to Brijuni by boat.
    On our way to Brijuni by boat.
    by Jerelis
  • The official ticket office in Fazana.
    The official ticket office in Fazana.
    by Jerelis
  • Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
    Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
    by Jerelis

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    Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by foot.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 14, 2014

    After the train tour we had about 30 minutes for a nice lunch. After the lunch we continued the guided tour by foot. Our first stop was the Tito Museum, where I thought the displays were fascinating. They had various personal items belonging to Tito and the whole place brimmed with photos of him meeting world leaders and movie stars. The world leaders brought exotic gifts – mainly animals from every continent. The animals were kept in the safari park and when they died, Tito had them stuffed and hung on the walls. They’re still there.

    After the Tito Museum we walked our way to the amazing little Church of St. Germain. It houses a permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istra. There is also a beautiful preserved mosaic floor. Finally the tour by foot lead us to the Mediterranean Garden of Brijuni. Right there we learned about autochthonous and allochthonous species cultivated in the garden and were informed about the valuable Brijuni vegetation, its distinctive features and its importance. So, our conclusion is that the excursion to the Brijuni Islands is definitely worth the visit.

    The amazing little Church of St. Germain. Picture of the Dutch queen at the Tito Museum. Entrance of the Tito Museum. The Mediterranean Garden of Brijuni. The very very old olive tree.
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    Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by train.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 14, 2014

    The boat trip from Fazana to the Veli Brijuni island is about 3,5 kilometers long and takes approximately 30 minutes. Once at the island we took the Brijuni National Park Tour and this begins at the harbour in front of the Hotel Neptun. It is quite simple, you will be able to choose a guide in English, Italian, German or Croatian. And the language you select will take you to a particular tourist train which will drive you all over the island. Time to explore it!

    We had a beautiful day and the sights were visible and clear. We learned that the order may vary, but by train we saw a nice safari park which has the following animals: zebra, Somali sheep, zebu (the holy east Indian humped ox), dromedary, Lamas and an elephant. Right in the middle of the safari we had a short stop. After the stop we continued to the remains of the Roman villa rustica from the 1st century BC in the bay of Verige. We passed the personal villa of Tito, the Roman quarries, a 1600 years old olive tree, beautiful golf course and a part of the swamp. The train tour took about one hour and we finally ended up back at the start in front of Hotel Neptun.

    Standing in front of the train at Brijuni. Enjoying the ride ... We spotted some deers, great! Having a look at a zebra at the safari park. Some beautiful Roman remnants.
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    Brijuni Islands – Watch out how to go!

    by Jerelis Written Nov 14, 2014

    First of all let me start with a warning. Do watch out where you buy your tickets to the Brijuni National Park! We stayed in Fazana for two weeks and visited the charming fishing village numerous times. We already had our mind set on going to the Brijuni Islands and every time we passed the marina of Fazana at least three sales men on the streets asked us if we wanted tickets to the islands. By the time we wanted tickets we decided to go to the official Brijuni National Park office. The sales men at the marina saw us going into the office building and reacted a bit aggressive! But afterwards we were very glad we bought ticket via the official office. The tickets are a little bit more expensive, but they will take you to the largest and most interesting island called Veli Brijun. The other sales men offer cheaper tickets, but only a tour around the island by boat. Quite a major difference.

    The tour via the official office includes the boat journey to the island, a sightseeing tour by train to see for example the Roman villa from the 1st century, the safari park with beautiful exotic animals and Roman quarries. Besides that an English speaking guide took us to the Church of St. Germain, a 1600 year old olive tree and the Tito Museum.

    On our way to Brijuni by boat. The official ticket office in Fazana. Leaving the harbour of Fazana. Approaching Brijuni by boat. The boat that took us to Brijuni.
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    Pula – More than 3000 years of history.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 21, 2014

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    Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient city wall. The compact town of Pula is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Pula is Istria, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an important city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 1st century Amphitheater, numerous churches, a Forum, the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi, an Austro Hungarian designed park and the defensive walls underneath the castle reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Pula is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 35 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Pula is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

    The daily market of Pula. Sam is having a refreshment. The castle of Pula. View at the small Roman theatre. Sam in front of the old city walls.
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    Pula – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 21, 2014

    Most people try to rush Pula on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Pula properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pula we saw on a city map that the city of Pula is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around the harbour and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Riva where we parked the car, made our way to the amazing amphitheater and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Forum at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Pula is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the castle of Pula, the green, fish and meat market situated at the beginning of the Flanaticka Ulica, mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Pula?

    A local is feeding the birds. The museum under the Roman amphitheatre. The cathedral of Pula. Amazing facades to admire. The Twin Gates.
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    Pula – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 21, 2014

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Pula old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Pula whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square or the dominating amphitheater are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Roman house floor mosaic way back in the Ul. Benediktinske Opatije and for example the Chapel of St. Maria Formas at the end of the street called Maksimijanova Ul. Via the street of Ul. Sergijevaca, with its beautiful Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, we ended up at the central square called the Forum, which is probably the most important square of Pula. It lead to a great viewing point at the ancient Temple of August, where we could also get great views at the Communal Palace. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pula might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

    Inside the dominating Roman amphitheater. Beautiful Roman house floor mosaic. Ancient Temple of August at the Forum. View at the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi. Chapel of St. Maria Formas.
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    Nudity among the cliffs

    by mickebear Written Feb 15, 2005

    Croatia is one the nudism dream countries, and Porec region is no exception to this. Beach close to Solaris camping place was a warm experience, unfortunately will be closed forever in 2005, due to hotel development in the area

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    The great sea cucumber is back !

    by JLBG Written Dec 14, 2004

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    This is another mysterious art work ! If we had been in Belgium, I would have identified it as a beer pump. In Porec, I would bet again for a sea cucumber, Holoturia tubulosa. It has now given up playing with a Frisbee, is standing, trying to juggle with a deckchair

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    Mother playing with child

    by JLBG Written Dec 14, 2004

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    The interpretation of this work of art is much easier than the others. Everybody will agree with the fact that it represents a mother playing with her child though a mischievous seagull has deposited a trickling dropping on her head. She should pay attention to the cellulites that is beginning to invade her thighs.

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    Mother and son ?

    by JLBG Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    This statue, close to the port, seems to represent a mother (or a father) that tries to protect her (his) young son (or girl), but I might be completely wrong. Again, has any one an idea of the answer ?

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    The great sea cucumber.

    by JLBG Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    For this one, I have no doubt as there are so many around, on the sea floor. It is an holothuria or sea cucumber, Holoturia tubulosa trying to play with a frisbee ! Usually, they do not try to play frisbee when there are tourists around. It is so difficult for an armless harmless beeing ! They are ashamed of their clumsiness and hide.

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    Amazing chimney !

    by JLBG Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    I have often seen this type of chimney in Istria and have never seen it elsewhere. It seems to use a very sophisticated technique with side entrances for the air that might produce a Venturi effect and improve the draught of the chimney. I would like to see more closely how it works but the roofs are high !

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    Onion or bomb ??

    by JLBG Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    Very close to the Pentagonal Tower, I have carefully looked this artistic object on every angle, though it has no angles, but I have been unable to determine what it was supposed to represent or what it meant. Any idea ?

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    Early morning

    by JLBG Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    While most visitors are still sleeping, waste collection has to proceed, even in the Decumanus. So much visitors, so much waste, nothing can hamper that hard fact ! The city has to be perfectly clean for its visitors (and for its inhabitants, too !) and it is.

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    Awaiting for a bath ?

    by JLBG Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    I spotted this bather's statue, in front of a bank, behind a few bushes. She seemed to be awaiting for something ! Suddenly, I realized ''Thalassa, thalassa'' ! She is waiting for water ! Bathers are always looking for water ! I did not notice at first that the poor girl was sitting in the center of a should-be fountain that is not. She has better rely on rain than on men's water !

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