We faced our afternoon in Pula with more than a little trepidation. After a week of glorious sunshine we hit a real rainstorm. Poor Thibault was left peering through a windscreen which was being recovered in water faster than the windscreen wipers were clearing it. But with amazing good fortune, all that had cleared by the time we drove into Pula and tried to find a parking spot. First tip, don't expect to park in the middle of Pula. With the aid of sat nav we managed to find somewhere topark on a street about 10 minutes walk away from the centre, and jolly happy we were to find it after working our way through the centre of town.
Now I think its fair to say that we had different reasons for looking around Pula, and my reason was better satisfied. For me the attraction was the Roman remains; for Thibault its the fact that Pula was the naval port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Of the two, the Romans seem better preserved.
So, starting with the Roman stuff, the obvious place to head is the Town Square, which was once the Roman Forum. And a miraculous preservation from that period is the Temple of Augustus. As you will see from the photo below, this is no romantic ruin. It is, sort of, in tact. It has in fact had a torrid history with numerous restorations, including after taking a direct hit in World War II.
|Me looking every bit the sophisticated ancient scholar. No?|
|Maybe not so impressed|
And this gave me the opportunity to go into the Temple of Augustus. To be fair there isn't a lot in the way of good exhibits inside, but it is interesting just to see the construction of the place.
|One point to make about Pula is that it is still very much a working port, not a twee tourist town.|
|Marshall Tito. I think one needs one image of him in a set of photos from pat of old Yugoslavia|