So two weeks ago, while hanging out with our friends, me and Joey told them that we plan on going to Pula for 1-2 days and we were making fun about our trip to Trieste and how we hope to get there in time, not the next day. As the discussion carried on, two of our friends, Maja and Ana, told us that 2 days is too much to stay in Pula and if we want they could take us there to see it.
Of course we agreed and we were very excited about this proposal. So, next morning I got a call at 7:30 telling me to get ready because we’ll leave. Before our departure, we made a plan to see Istra area and after that we’ll go and visit Pula also.
Istra is a very large are in the West part of Croatia, filled with small and old villages and towns. All of them have a citadel shape and a big stone church in the middle. The scenery was amazing: driving with our friends on the coast and through mountains, hills and valleys. Everything was green and blooming. The music helped us to enjoy our day-long trip and made us laugh a lot.
The small towns and villages were silent, almost deserted and all the houses were made from huge rock-blocks. The streets were paved and to enter in the town you had to go through a big gate, exactly like in the historical movies.
In one village we saw a church which had nails in the walls, on the outside, because women thought that if they put a nail in the wall, they will get pregnant… (?)
Also, in another place, Ana told us a story about a princess who lived in the town’s castle and a giant who had to make a well and he got very angry and kicked the hill next to the castle and made a big cave and a valley. The story was very nice and Ana told it in a very interesting and funny manner.
By mid-day we made a longer break in another old city which is well-known for the it’s artists. It’s like a place where artists live and also meet. We drank a coffee on a terrace which was facing the hills and in the distance we could see the sea. The view was amazing!
Of course that all the streets were narrow, and I was in heaven while walking on them
We also found out about the Glagolitic alphabet, which seemed like runes, for me.
Eventually we got to Pula and had a lot of fun, because Pula in Romanian means “di*k”. We burst into laughter when we saw a road sign saying that “City of Pula is child friendly”. I know it’s immature but it was extremely fun for us.
In Pula we saw the Roman amphitheater which was amazing! Also we visited the shipyard and there I saw a self-erecting ship. The one that is used for pumping out oil. It was there for maintenance and it was above the water!
I was a roman temple, with baroque details on the entrance, which was turned into a christian church! That’s what I call history in front of your eyes! We visited the Greek theater and a lot of ruins.
Most of the buildings war very imposing and made out of rock blocks, whit very interesting architecture.
On our way back we saw an interesting building, made entirely out of stones, even the roof, for shepherd’s shelter. Basically in that area, each person who had a big field made one of those buildings in a corner of it’s field. The building is small, it has room for only 2 people, maximum. It was used by the shepherds when it rained or when it was too hot.
In conclusion, it was a very fun trip and I am happy that I have local friends. If I didn’t, than I would’ve missed a lot of nice places.
This way I want to tell how thankful I am to Maja and her sister, Ana! Thank you girls, very much! We need to find a way to repay you, somehow
Take care and hope to see you soon!
PS: You can see the pictures from this trip here.
And the video from the trip