Today has been an adventure. We first had to get a taxi (our first of this trip) to get to the airport to pick up the rental car. The Rijeka airport is actually on an island about 20-30 minutes away from town. At least we got to see more of the surrounding area!
From there, we drove west to the city of Pula. Pula is a relatively large industrial town, but the tourist area is very small and its highlights are Roman ruins. We saw a really cool amphitheater (built in the first century AD) that is definitely not as big or impressive as the Colosseum in Rome, but cool none-the-less. The best part is that they still use it for movie showings and other events. And, once a week they do live Gladiator battles. Of course we missed the battle this week, but still it’s awesome that the building is still in use!
Also in this town is the Temple of Augustus, also built-in the first century and dedicated to Augustus Caesar. The building took a direct hit from an Allied bomb in WWII, but it has been patched.
Obviously, lots of Roman ruins in this little Croatian town! We only spent about an hour there, but it was an interesting stop.
Next, Rovinj…our destination for the night. After a siesta (it’s in the 90s again!), we headed into town for more exploring, sight-seeing, and dinner. (See the picture at the top of the post)
Again, the town is right on the coast and has some amazing views, which are the real highlight of the town! We enjoyed wandering the streets, finding interesting alleys and lanes all over the place. Many alleys went directly to the water…very cool!
So far, our time in Croatia has been fairly relaxed. The landscape is pretty; different from the other countries. Very rugged. They like tunnels more than switchbacks and mountain roads. We went through quite a few tunnels today, including one that was 5 km long!
While the temperatures are high, at least we are on the coast and there is generally a decent breeze!