Pula

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
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Trip End Jun 08, 2007


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Thursday, February 15, 2007

This weekend we went to Croatia.  Pat, Chris (Friend from Providence College), and myself decided to go to Croatia.  The main reason we wanted to go was since it is warmer in Croatia (about 60's) and it was really cheap!  It was funny we were wearing all short sleeve t-shirts and the Croatians were in fur coats.  The national currency is the Kuhn, and 1 Euro = 7 Kuhn.  To get to Croatia we had to take a four hour bus to Dublin, there we spent the night at an airport hotel, and then took a 2.5 hour flight to Pula.  Once we arrived we looked at the center of Pula, they have a Coliseum that is more impressive than the one in Rome.  The city of Pula is about 3,000 years old.  And reminds me of Italy (except cheaper).  The first night the Cab driver from the airport told us to go to this pizzeria, and it was one of the best pizzas that I have had.  We all had a pizza to ourselves, a drink, and a cappuccino all for about 5 Euro.  The next day we woke up early and took a 50 min bus ride to Rovinj.  It is situated right on the coast of the Adriatic.  While walking around Pat wanted to put his hand into the sea, he got a little bit more than he bargained for.  His slipped and got his whole foot in the water.  After walking around Rovinj, we got some lunch and made our trip back to Pula.  In Pula we rented motor- scooters (18 Euro for 4 hours), and drove into the countryside and the coast.  It was a great way to see the country and also get to non tourist places.  When we returned to Pula, we decided to get a really nice dinner; I had a three course meal for about 15 Euro.  While walking around I spotted a local artist and purchased a painting (complete with a frame) for about 28 Euro.  The next morning we woke up and headed into town for our last trip to the Bakery and our last cappucinos.  The cappuccinos were less than a euro each!  We went back to the airport (it looks very Eastern European, and I don't think anything has changed since 1960).  After arriving in Dublin we had another four hour bus ride home.  Getting to an airport at ten in the morning and not returning home till nine at night is one very long travel day.  The culture of Croatia is much more European than Ireland.  All of the stores close for a siesta and then reopen around 4 and stay open till about 9.  Pula is also a huge yachting area there are pictures attached of the marinas.
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