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Grad Poreč

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  • Day28

    Destination Croatia

    October 11 in Croatia

    When we were planning our holiday the options of getting from Venice to Croatia were minimal. To fly there would require flying via Rome or with some airlines, Paris. We had agreed we would only fly on National carriers, avoiding the budget airlines. The ferry from Venice to Porec took 3 hours 30 minutes, it was a smooth trip and docked at Porec about 8pm. I thought is was a 2 hour 30 trip and we would lose an hour through the Timezone change but Italy and Croatia are on the same clock.There were taxis waiting to transport people to their final destinations but we thought we would get some milk first then a taxi. We trudged over the polished slabs that made the road until we found a market that sold fresh milk. We asked where we might catch a taxi and were pointed towards the waterfront. When we arrived there was not a taxi in sight. Now we were worried, for some unknown reason the hotel we booked was 5km away. This did not make sense as the hire car had to be picked up the next morning from near the ferry terminal and we always tried to have accommodation near the town centres. Soon about 6 people were walking towards us so I asked if anyone understood English. Yes they said, they were Croatians who had lived in New Zealand for about 24 years. It was our lucky night, they needed a taxi too so they called one for them and one for us. One taxi arrived and as it had room for 10 we all clambered in and shared the one taxi as the taxi driver said he was the only driver working now. After the New Zealand group were dropped off our trip continued to an out of the way area on the outskirts of Porec. Finally we were dropped off out the front of our hotel, paid the taxi driver his fare in kunas then dragged our luggage to reception. No one was there but there was a gentleman in another room watching TV. He finally noticed us and came to check us in. With the little command of the English language he had he photocopied our passports, said something about Adelaide and two nights then gave us the key to our room. He tried to help carry one bag up the stairs and almost fell as he struggled due to its weight. The room was horrible, dirty with a few dead cockroaches on the floor. The bed was a small double that was not the normal length. We started to make our tea and I went back downstairs to get the wifi password. He didn’t know what I was talking about so called his son on the phone who could speak English and we now had network access. The nights sleep was bad, I couldn’t stretch my legs out, the mattress was lumpy and the pillows were the ones filled with crushed foam. Poor MDW tossed and turned most of the night, unable to get comfortable. In the morning we had a cup of tea in our room and refused to have a shower because of its floor having cockroach bodies on it. Bravely we ventured down for breakfast hoping for a cup of tea and a piece of toast. When we finally interrupted the domestic dispute between mother and son, the mother came out and asked us to be seated. We brushed the dead insects off the table cloth, by now all MDW wants to do is leave this hotel. We were the only two having breakfast at 8:30am. A bother table is set for a group but we wonder if we are really the only stupid people staying here. I ordered a coffee and MDW a pot of tea. Coffee arrives as did a pot of tea with a wedge of lemon but no milk. MDW asked for milk which was promptly delivered (hot frothy milk left over from my coffee). So MDW pours her tea into the cup with some warm milk in it. Purple, yes the tea was purple. Not only purple but smelt of berry, maybe blueberry. It didn’t look good blended with milk, really it didn’t blend, with the milk repelling the tea as did MDW who said she wasn’t drinking that stuff. So we now hoped for some toast but got bread with cold salami, maybe ham, cheese and tomato. We ate buttered bread. Croissants arrive prepacked in foil packaging, not good. The woman kept checking if all was ok, of course we said yes and smiled. After the bread was eaten we got our bags, rang for a taxi and tried to check out. For some reason the owners were surprised. They thought or maybe hoped we were staying two nights. I explained we had prepaid for one night showing the son the confirmation email. He said nothing but kept scrolling through the computer screen. I asked if there was a problem and he said he was checking if we had paid. The taxi was waiting so I told the son we had to go then all of a sudden he must have seen the payment confirmation, stood up shook my hand and we were gone.
    The taxi took us to the car rental firm who I had rung earlier to see if I could pick the car up before midday. No problem he said, 11am is suitable.
    We had a look around the Porec waterfront where there are numerous large boats, a few casinos and a dozen or so market stalls. We had a quick look at the markets then got some supplies from a small supermarket before going to the car rental firm to pick up our VW Golf. The contracts were printed off with extra insurance cover when I noticed the cost had risen €80 from the quote I had agreed to online. I questioned why and he said you are picking the car up 45 minutes early so you are being charged a penalty fee. “Well I’ll wait till 12 noon or change the return time to 11:15am.”
    He made some changes and printed out a new contract with the correct fees. We waited for the car to be brought the parking area when along comes a Mercedes Benz Hatchback, B Class I think. Almost brand new. After the inspection we put in our luggage and into the car we sit. It’s an automatic. MDW says I should move as I’m blocking someone so I start the car and can’t find the gear stick. Eventually I find the gear selector is on a steering wheel stick (a bit like an indicator or wiper control). I work out how to put it in drive and drive down the lane then go to turn right but of course I’m in the left hand lane. The car I made room for is on my inside or the right hand side of the road where I should have been. Not a good start. MDW has a good laugh as I’m starting to perspire. I give MDW the job of reminding me to stay right and before long we are following the directions on Google maps as I can’t workout the cars navigation system. We get to our first roundabout and navigate it correctly except we took the 2nd exit and not the third. At the next roundabout we do a u-turn and then take the first right but end up at a petrol station. This is harder than I imagined. I just drive through onto the road and we are on our way to Zagreb. It’s mostly freeway with two toll sections. We came across one of the greatest inventions of all times. We were approaching some road works when we notice a man waving a flag up and down, obviously warning us to slow down. The marvellous thing was it was a mechanical or robotic figure with a helmet doing a wonderful job for no pay.
    So far the weather has been marvellous, low to mid 20’s with beautiful blue skies. Apparently by October Croatia is getting cold but so far the warm weather has stayed and been very welcome.
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  • Day5

    Porec

    October 15 in Croatia

    Stop over for the night, alter visiting Bale, the Limski Fjord and the Pirates Cave. Only 20 Kuna (3€) for the overnight parking. Nice dinner with friends up the tower.
    Cost for accomodation in Porec: 20 Kuna
    Food and Drink in Novigrad, Bale and Porec: 580 Kuna
    Souvenir: selfmade socks 70 Kuna

  • Day213

    Day 214: Daytrip to Poreĉ, Croatia

    September 16, 2017 in Croatia

    UNESCO world heritage sites wait for no one, least of all us, so off we went again today! Piled into the car under heavy skies and started driving south towards Croatia. The Slovenian coastline is very short, and within 20 minutes we had crossed over into Croatia. Still inside the EU, but since they aren't part of Schengen and don't use the Euro, it felt like our first time almost outside the EU on this trip.

    Our destination for the day was the coastal town of Poreĉ, home to an early Christian basilica dating from around the 4th and 5th centuries. We parked up nearby and wandered over to the waterfront location. Quite a few tourists around as this is ultimately a seaside town for people to have beach holidays (particularly Austrians, it seemed), but not too bad. Wandered along the old city walls and through the old town, then into the old basilica.

    Lots of great old stuff on display here, including an enormous wall mosaic fresco from the 7th century in great condition. It even featured Euphrases (builder of the basilica) in a very prominent position, only a few people over from Jesus and Mary - very cheeky of him!

    Did a bit more wandering after finishing up with the basilica, then headed to a burger restaurant on the waterfront for lunch. Very tasty burgers, though there was a brief downpour at one point and we got a little wet while they rolled out the awning! Back to the car and heading home, though we stopped briefly at the picturesque town of Piran (or Pirano) on the way.

    It's quite odd around here, so many places have Slovenian or Croatian names and also an Italian name. And Slovenian, despite being a semi-Slavic language, seems to have quite a lot of loan words from Italian which I guess isn't surprising due to their proximity, but still just feels a little incongruous.

    Didn't actually make it into the centre of Piran, as you needed to park quite a distance away and it was expensive, so we just had a look from a nearby rooftop and moved on. Back home where we settled in again for the evening, this time with some gnocchi with mushroom & tomato sauce. Another big thunderstorm tonight, which seems to be quite a regular event! Probably just the time of year I guess.
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  • Day12

    Rovinj -> Porec -> Pula

    September 28, 2017 in Croatia

    De meeuwen schreeuwen ons wakker! Het is pas 6u, maar we moeten toch redelijk vroeg uit bed want de boot naar het vasteland wacht niet.
    ‘S morgens zijn de kleuren het mooist ik gebruik mijn camera dan ook om de omgeving vast te leggen. Vandaag hebben we weer een huurbus want Jacky heeft 2 vrije dagen, vandaag en morgen. We rijden door het Istrië gedeelte van Kroatië, heel anders weer van landschap. De wegwijzers zijn in het Kroatisch en het Italiaans.
    Porec is de eerste stop. Het is een van de kleinste steden van Kroatië. Porec ligt 100km van Venetië, aan de overkant van de zee.
    De gids heeft haar Nederlands geleerd uit boeken en door het praten met de mensen, dat geeft een heel grappig resultaat;)
    Porec is heel veilig zei ze: alle criminelen zitten in het buitenland en de rest zit in het parlement.
    In 1850 ontstond het toerisme hier, de eerste toerist, een prins van Hongarije bouwde een kasteeltje voor zijn vrouw op een eilandje en zo kwam dan eerst de adel en daarna het gewone volk. Er zijn in het seizoen 100.000 officiële overnachtingen per nacht! In 1860 waren de badvoorschiften zeer streng. De vrouwen droegen zo een soort badpak dat wij nu kennen als boerkini mannen en vrouwen moesten apart in zee gaan bv. Mannen links en vrouwen rechts met een afsluiting tussenin. Nu in de naturisten stranden die er veel zijn in Kroatië is een trikini verplicht: een petje, een zonnebril en sandalen!

    EEN BEETJE GESCHIEDENIS, evt overslaan!

    De stad Porec is gebouwd in de 1e eeuw bc ten tijde van Julius Cesar, op dit kleine schiereiland werd Rome als stadsplan gebruikt, dat was in de meeste steden die we bezochten zo!
    In WO II is Porec zwaar gebombardeerd door de Anglo-Amerikanen wegens de deelname van Mussolini aan de kant van Hitler, Porec was toen Italiaans grondgebied.
    De blijkbaar zeer goed bewaarde huizen uit de 12e en 15e eeuw zijn eigenlijk replica's maar wel met de originele stenen!
    Vele handelaars uit Porec verlieten de stad en hun plaats als ambachtsman werd ingenomen door mensen uit andere streken van het toenmalige Joegoslavië.
    De vele goudsmeden die hier in de hoofdstraat zijn, zijn er niet voor toeristen maar voor de bewoners. Alle gebeurtenissen worden gevierd met een gouden cadeautje, en zelfs nu nog zijn ze zeer bedreven in het goudsmeden meestal zijn het 3e generatie Kosovo-Albaniërs. En je kan afbieden tot -20%.
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    Na een uurtje namen we afscheid van de gids en gingen nog op eigen gelegenheid wandelen door de stad en lunchen, een kleinigheid is genoeg gezien het uitgebreide buffet van s’avonds!
    Op de weg naar Pula, de volgende stad zagen we Kazoem’s kleine huisjes zoals de Trulli in Puglia, hier werden ze gebruikt als schuilhutjes voor herders.

    GESCHIEDENIS!
    Pula had 12 ingangspoorten in de verdedigingsmuur, er zijn er nu nog 3 over.
    De Oostenrijks-Hongaarse regering, die hun grootste oorlogshaven hier in Pula wilden aanleggen, hadden geen rekening gehouden met het probleem dat het hier een malaria gebied was door de vele moerassen. Zij begonnen daarom hun nieuwe stad ten zuiden van de oude stad. Er werden tunnel gebouwd die alles bijeen zo’n 40 km lang waren en daarin kon men 27.000 mensen onderbrengen. Zerostrasse is de ingang van tunnels, die nu nog steeds zouden kunnen gebruikt worden! 2 m onder deze tunnels lag Romeins Pula. Deze overblijfselen van de stad uit de Romeinse tijd werd in de middeleeuwen gebruikt om de muur rond het kasteel te bouwen.
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    Na afscheid van de gids op het Forum Romanum wandelde we nog tot aan de vauban burcht helemaal boven met mooi uitzicht op de stad en dan zakten we af naar de plaats waar de bus ons zou ophalen. Nog een ritje naar Rovinj en met de boot naar het hotel en de lange dag zat er weeral op.
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  • Day7

    Laguna Zelena

    September 4, 2017 in Croatia

    Porec in Kroatien

    Nachdem wir gestern an der Laguna Plava zu Besuch waren, sollte es heute an die Laguna Zelena gehen, die zweite namenhafte Lagune in Porec. Am ersten Strandabschnitt, direkt vor dem Hotel Delfin, traf uns beim Eintreffen der Blitz. Die Touristen lagen beinahe übereinandergestapelt und die Umgebung erinnerte an eine Anlage aus DDR-Zeiten (zumindest stellen wir uns diese genau so vor). Wir machten direkt kehrt und fuhren Richtung Hotel Parentium auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite. Hier war es deutlich ruhiger. Nach einigen Stunden Sonnenbaden und Schnorcheln beschlossen wir, einen kleinen Rundgang durch Porec zu unternehmen. Viele schöne Gassen mit allerdings annähernd identischen Geschäften. Das Eis in der Gelateria an der Einkaufsmeile musste ich alleine genießen, weil Luisa seit ein paar Tagen wieder rumschnupft und heute gar nichts schmeckt :(

    Bilder:
    - Promenade mit Euphrasilius-Basilika
    - Euphrasilius-Basilika
    - Luisa schnorchelt in der Laguna Zelen
    - Appartment in Porec
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  • Day14

    Des Campers Leid

    May 8 in Croatia

    Nachdem das Womo diverse Erscheiniungen der Altersschwäche gezeigt hat, haben wir heute einen Stop in einem Campingladen eingelegt, Ersatzteile besorgt und Oli hat sich an's Reparieren gemacht.
    Nach einem Abflussproblem kam jetzt noch das Dachfenster, das Lüftungsventil vom Klo und das Getriebe der Markise dazu... 🙄 Jetzt ist hoffentlich mal bissl Ruhe. Hoffentlich.

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