Stare Slave Djedovino – a Pictorial Blog about Istria
The Croatian National Anthem, Lijepa Naša Domovino starts:
Lijepa naša domovino; Oj junačka zemljo mila;
Stare slave djedovino; Da bi vazda sretna bila! …
The English translation is:
Our beautiful homeland; O so fearless and gracious;
Our fathers’ ancient glory; May you be blessed forever …
This is one of three blogs about Croatia. It will be mostly pictures and it’s really about some time we spent there in May. Most pictures are from an area of a few square miles around our hotel including the town of Rovinj [Rovigno] and the Golden Cape Forest Park to the South. Some come from the wider area of Istria [Istra]; the towns of Pula [Pola], Koper [Capodistria] (in Slovenia) and Trieste (in Italy) and the island of Brijuni [Brioni].
It’s an area with a complicated history and towns there all have Italian names. You can see more about the area in  Croatia and  Croatian Wildlife, which has an introduction to the Forest Park and many pictures of the animal life.
I start with some views of Rovinj. All will include some sea. The picture above was taken from Katarina Island.
Views of the sea everywhere were beautiful.
The sky wasn’t always pure blue everywhere. Sometimes there were pretty white clouds.
I will start with one of the main streets of Rovinj not far from the original city.
Within the old city streets are narrow and sometimes steep. The steeper ones may use steps.
This tree-lined avenue is at Rovinj.
Trieste has this magnificent square shown from several directions.
I have to start with the magnificent state of Saint Euphemia at the top of the tower of the church that tops the hill over Rovinj. She is mounted so that she can change direction with the prevailing winds.
Next is the fountain in central Rovinj and the Dolphin by the port area.
Near to the market is this memorial.
We move to Pula for a statue of Tito and one of several old anchors. (Tito was among a group of other Croatian heroes but he is the only one with such wide fame in the UK.)
From Koper part of another fountain and a lady representing the spirit of Istria.
The statues at Miramar Castle were more in the classic Roman tradition. I will let you work out which of these two is a man and which is a woman.
In Trieste we find another fountain.
In the square at Trieste were two statues acting as military monuments, each with three figures round the sides. Somehow the sculptors could only bring themselves to use two out of three for soldiers.
My last two statues are from the island of Brijuni. (It’s not my fault if most of the statues seem to be naked women.)
I managed to find some examples of transport but almost all the relevant transport was on the water – ships and boats of various sizes.
There were some small fishing boats.
Rovinj even had a small boatyard doing repairs.
Mostly, they were pleasure boats.