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The morning after Adrian's birthday celebrations, we got in our hired car and drove up north

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to Poreč/Parenzo.

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It is an old town of Roman origin, famous mainly because of its Euphrasian Basilica, a monument on the World Heritage Unesco list because it was the first church in Western Europe with the 3-apse layout.

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We visited the basilica, admired a Roman mosaic and some others dating from the 5th century, had a look at the baptistery and visited the bishop's palace.
I also climbed the tower for the views.

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(This was an interesting painting in the bishop's palace: a canvas which had been painted over not once, but twice!)

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Then we had a walk around town, looked at the remains of a Roman temple and had a toasted sandwich for lunch.

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(a Romanesque house from the 13th century)

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(this is the centre of town, where the decumanus maximus meets the cardo maximus)

Next stop was the small walled town of Novigrad/Cittanova

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The town is very picturesque. It also has a 16th century loggia, apparently the only one in Istria that is located by the sea.

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After our walk around town, it was time for a sit down and a small ice-cream!

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On the way back to Rovinj, we stopped at Sveti Lovreč Labinski/San Lorenzo di Albona a fortified hamlet.
The main gate (Vela Vrata) sports the omnipresent Venetian lion and a strange head, said to be Attila the Hun.

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I really liked the tiny place.

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Back in Rovinj, we decided to go to the bar by the harbour to watch the sunset again, as we had done 2 days before. I thought that I wasn't going to take any more photos, but then I couldn't resist!

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(this time I had an alcoholic cocktail: a cherry blossom)

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After the drink at the bar, we climbed up to Da Sergio, a renowned pizzeria: the pizza was excellent.
And then it was time to go back to the hotel.

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