McDonald's and Hello Kitty

Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
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Trip End Aug 26, 2010


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Flag of Croatia  , Istria,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hello Kitty and McDonald's are the two things I've seen in every country I've been to on this trip so far. I saw them both in Croatia on only my first day. Also, in case you think the US has cornered the market on tacky t-shirts, I've seen quite a few for sale at Croatian tourist traps that would give ours a run for their money. Actually, most of them have English writing, so they may in fact be imports from the US. Strangely, I don't feel the need to investigate further...

Today's stop: Pula. Pula sits on the coast at the southern tip of Istria. Its old town contained several buildings and other structures from the Roman era, including a huge Amphitheater (Amfiteatar), which is the largest Roman monument preserved in Croatia and claims have the best preserved mantle wall anywhere. From examining those walls, archeologists determined coverings were originally provided to protect spectators from rain and sun.

Many smaller artifacts discovered while excavating Pula or other Istrian locations were contained in a central Istrian Archeological Museum building. The museum would probably not be of much interest unless you were a fan of ancient history (like me). Always a bonus, it did have explanations in English (along with Croatian and Italian).

Another handful of items was exhibited separately in the Temple of Augustus (Augustov Hram) on the old town square. The temple itself was a lot smaller on the inside than it appeared from the outside. None of the original decorations were in place, so the single room it consisted of was rather plain. It seemed to have been restored several times over the years, judging by the presence of brick sections the walls.

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