Places to Go

Pola…

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Mr. Martini has a wonderful cousin who lives in the city of Pola, at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula.  We always make the time to visit her, and her family is always so warm and welcoming to us.  We love to spend a few hours in her lovely garden, listening to the cicadas, searching for her pet turtle, talking, laughing and most of all, eating…

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On this visit, more than any other, there was talk of politics – in the world, in Europe, in Croatia and beyond…  Things are not perfect anywhere, but there are many things that we take for granted which are amazing luxuries when viewed on a global scale.  I was grateful many times over the course of our travels to expose my children to things that were different enough to stretch their comfort zone – that stretching for all of us has lead to new ideas and new understandings.

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After a great visit (and more food than you could possibly imagine) we said our goodbyes.  We couldn’t leave Pola without a quick look around though, as it has been several years since we have been here and there is so much to see!

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(Photo by Miss G.!)

The same cousin we were visiting sent me a history book years ago detailing the wild and varied history of her town.  Pola is the largest city centre on the Istrian peninsula and because of its amazing location it has been desired by many over the centuries… Greek, Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Frank, Slavic, Venetian – and that is only up to the middle ages!

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(Roman Amphitheatre)

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The evening light was amazing for our short visit…

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(Temple of Augustus on the Pola Forum)

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(Sergievian triumphal arch – 1st century BC!)

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(Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ascension and its campanile…)

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(Photo by Miss G.!)

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We found a big anchor…

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…and then discovered someone familiar performing in the Arena for a summer concert!

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After strolling back to the car…

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we ended the day with a sunset drive home and some beautiful views from the Mirna bridge…

 

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Right on cue my camera battery light came on – apparently my photo taking habit has earned me “daily charger” status. (How could you be here for once-in-a-lifetime and not take photo after photo?! Every step leads to another amazing view or discovery – I go to sleep wondering where tomorrow will take us.)

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