Pula & Rovinje, Croatia

10-11 June 2015

It's too hot (30+ C) to do a real hike, so I restricted myself to a stroll around the old part of Pula, and a boat trip to pretty Rovinj.

Pula supposedly has the oldest and most significant historical sites in all of Croatia, with the most impressive of them all, dating back to the first century AD, a Roman amphitheater, one of the six largest in the world.

The 17-th century Venetian fortress on top of the hill in the center of Pula.

From here you have a nice view over the town and its amphitheater.

The 13-th century (and still operational) Franciscan monastery.

The 3-rd century Roman floor mosaic (in two parts). Note the various basic flower of life patterns!

The temple of Augustus, originally built between 2 BC and 14 AD.

And the 5-th century cathedral. The (separate) bell tower was built in the 17-th century using stones from the amphitheater.

The next day I went on a little boat trip to Rovinj. It was nice to be out on the water on such a hot day.

The pretty town of Rovinj coming into sight, with its imposing church on top of the hill.

After a look around in Rovinj, back on the boat with a quick side-trip to the Limska Draga fjord.

Then to Crveni Otok ("Red Island") for a swim and the company of birds.

A view back to the church of Rovinj from the island.

On the way back to Pula, storm clouds were building above the main land.

The sun slowly setting over the Brijuni Islands, also known as Tito's former playground.

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