Porec Off The Beaten Path

  • On our way to Brijuni by boat.
    On our way to Brijuni by boat.
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  • The official ticket office in Fazana.
    The official ticket office in Fazana.
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  • Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
    Leaving the harbour of Fazana.
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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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    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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    BAREDINE CAVE (Grotta Baredine)

    by Anita_Porec Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The legend of Baredine:

    a Poreè nobleman named Gabriel fell in love with a beautiful milkmaid from Nova Vas called Milka. Gabriel's mother tried, in every way, to diminish his love for her, but she couldn't, so she gave 3 gold pieces to highway robbers to secretly kill Milka. The robbers didn't kill the milkmaid but instead threw her into the cave. When Gabriel found out of his love's ill fortune, he got on a horse and disappeared. Only his horse was found but near another cave. The story has it that the stone body of the milkmaid is slowly skidding, from century to century, down to the bottom of the cave where we can see it now as it is seeking her lover. Today's cavers claim that one could pass through to the next cave by digging. So as our legend has it, we can assume that one day the bodies of our Romeo and Juliet will meet in the underworld and stay together forever.

    Baredine
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    Sveti Lovrec

    by croisbeauty Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Sv. Lovrec (Pazenaticki) is a semi-urban settlement located to the southeast of Porec. It is difficult to say precisely how old is this settlement, because traces of Christianity date back to the 3rd century, and its name is derived from the cemetery church of St. Lawrence of the 8th century.
    Once called Sanctus Laurentius de Pasenatico, recognized the Venetian government in the second half of the 13th century.

    The Gate
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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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    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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    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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  • Waiting for Russell Crowe

    by teafortwo Written Dec 1, 2003

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    A day trip to Pula is well worth it - the amphitheatre is spectacular and will allow you to act out all your gladiator fantasies!!
    The bus from Porec takes about 1-1 1/2 hours and goes along the coast via some pretty towns ans countryside.

    Pula Amphitheatre
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  • Venetian Architecture - without the crowds!

    by teafortwo Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    Rovinj is a beautiful little port just up the coast. Lots of people offer boat trips from Porec or from Zalena Laguna and it is well worth making the trip. You can admire the scenery (and the the nudists) from the boat and soak up the sun. The port itself is only tiny and a leisurely stroll soon covers all the main sights. A walk up to the church gives you a great view over to the sea. There are lots of little cafes and restaurants serving italien-influenced food (lots of sea-food pasta and risotto). If you travel to the little island you can go swimming, but we were content just to eat ice cream and watch the boats.....

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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 – 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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    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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