November 10, 2014 – Touring Porec on the way to Pula, Croatia

It’s November 11 today and I have been feeling pretty under the weather since yesterday at lunchtime. But if I don’t write down what we saw, I will forget it. I am abbreviating this by just putting the commentary on the pictures.

Although we've driven into Slovenia before it's still kind of new to us
Although we’ve driven into Slovenia before it’s still kind of new to us

The border to Slovenia and the one into Croatia aren't total open like the rest of the EU
The border to Slovenia and the one into Croatia aren’t total open like the rest of the EU

Welcome to Croatia!
Welcome to Croatia!

Before we head to Pula, we stop in Porec. Our goal here is to see a 6th century church.

After lunch in Porec we walk down a pretty street
After lunch in Porec we walk down a pretty street

The town is all built up around the church complex so it isn’t possible to get a clear shot of the building. First we go into the Baptistry.
Baptistry
Baptistry

At this point I am feeling bad and can only sit in the church while John takes pictures.
Interior of the Euphrasian Basilica founded by Bishop Euphrasius in the mid 6th century
Interior of the Euphrasian Basilica founded by Bishop Euphrasius in the mid 6th century

Over the altar is the stunning altarpiece with the first depiction ever of Mary as mother of Jesus
Over the altar is the stunning altarpiece with the first depiction ever of Mary as mother of Jesus

In the picture above St.Euphrasius is shown on the left side of Mary holding his church.
Above the mosaic of the Madonna is Christ and the 12 Apostles
Above the mosaic of the Madonna is Christ and the 12 Apostles

Other mosaics include an Annunciation
Other mosaics include an Annunciation

and Mary visiting Elizabeth
and Mary visiting Elizabeth

There's also an arch dedicated to female martyrs. This is the mosaic of St. Justina
There’s also an arch dedicated to female martyrs. This is the mosaic of St. Justina

At this point I need to get to the hotel in Pula. We manage to get ourselves back to the car and get to the hotel. In our room is a cruise ship display of towels.
Towels as swans
Towels as swans

A bad night’s sleep ensues.

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