Postcards from Croatia

It’s finally time for the last part of our road trip, which took us towards the Croatian coastline and up to the towns of Pula and Rovinj on the northern coast.

We chose to drive from Plitvice over the mountains to get to the coast. Having joked about not seeing any wildlife, our morning started with some deer, which I was quick enough to get a picture of. Things got even crazier when, whilst driving along a busy coastal road, a baby brown bear crossed the road in front of us. Of course me, being the amazing wildlife photographer that I am, was so shocked to see a bear, the I forgot I had a camera in my hands. So although we know we saw a bear, you’ll just have to take our word for it as we have no pictures!

The next morning we headed over to the town of Pula. Having always wanted to visit Rome and growing up obsessed with Roman mythology, I was excited to visit Pula to see it’s famous Roman¬†amphitheatre. We wandered the streets and happily found our way up to the fortress on the top of the hill, overlooking the large harbour.

In the afternoon we drove further north to the town of Rovinj, where the narrow cobbled streets lead you up high to the church that overlooks the beautiful turquoise ocean.

This was my first visit to Croatia and it’s definitely given me a taste of this beautiful country. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I return.

Deer in a meadow in CroatiaMountains along the coastline in northern CroatiaCat getting something from the car in Croatia Steps up to monument on lookout point near the coast in Croatia A view towards the coast from inland in Croatia A view towards inland in Croatia Cat walking up to lookout point The coastline near Karlobag in Croatia A bridge over the ocean road near Karlobag in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The coastal road near Karlobag in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Wedding photographer Cat Ekkelboom-White driving in Croatia The ocean near Bale in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Menno sits on the rocks by the ocean at sunset near Bale in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Silhouettes of kids playing near the ocean at sunset in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Cat Ekkelboom-White sitting on the rocks at sunset in Croatia A sunset selfie of Cat & Menno in Croatia A selfie where Cat & Menno look out towards the sunset over the ocean in Croatia A close up of the tide against the rocks near Bale in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A bronze map of the city of Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A bronze map of Europe in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Istria graffiti in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Menno walks around the Arena in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A window with light blue shutters in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The roman amphitheater in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The top of the arena in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The church tower of Pula peaks out from behind the arena ruins in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A close up of the stone columns in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The archways of the amphitheatre in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A close up of the amphitheatre in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A wide picture of the Pula Arena in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Scruffy pigeons nest in the walls of the Pula arena in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The church tower of Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Roses in the church garden in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The top of the church tower in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A sign to the historical sights in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A little hut for a taxi office in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A dog standing by their front door in a house in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A cat wandering the streets of Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography An old yellow building in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography An old renault car in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Menno Ekkelboom walking up a cobbled street in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A pigeon peeks out from a hole in a wall in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Menno Ekkelboom standing in the light by a wall in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Massive ships in the harbour in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography St Francis of Assisi church in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The walls of the fortress in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Poppies grow around the ruins of an old monument in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A clock tower rises above the rooftops in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The Croatian flag The town of Pula in Croatia from above by Wild Connections Photography Poppies in the foreground and the roman arena in the background in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The city of Pula in Croatia from above by Wild Connections Photography Apartments for rent sign on the roof of a building in Pula Cat Ekkelboom-White in Pula An old blue and yellow building in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Bedding hangs from a window in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A statue of James Joyce in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The gateway to Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography An old roman building in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography An ancient roman building in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A building in the town of Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A bronze picture in a courtyard in Pula which is pointing to the right Details carved in to the old bricks of the walls in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The roman arena peers out from behind more modern buildings in Pula in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The town of Bale in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Cat Ekkelboom-White in a field of Poppies near Rovinj in Croatia A field of poppies in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Graffiti on the streets of Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The town of Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The town of Rovinj in Croatia from the water with a boat sailing past by Wild Connections Photography Cat Ekkelboom-White stands on a deck outside the town of Rovinj looking out towards the ocean A gecko on the wall of the church in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The orange coloured cobbled streets in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The church on the hill in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The church tower in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The staircase leading up the tower in the church in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The view of the coastline around Rovinj in Croatia from the top of the church tower by Wild Connections Photography Looking down from the church tower in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The view from the church tower over the city of Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The view of the islands and harbour from the church tower of Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Washing hangs high above the streets in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Cat walks through the narrow streets of Rovinj A cat lies in the street in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography A cracked old house number sign in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography The view of the town of Rovinj from the south side The town of Rovinj from the south side of the city Washing hung out in the street casts shadows on the orange walls in Rovinj The shadows of the washing line in Rovinj in Croatia by Wild Connections Photography Cat gets an ice cream pizza in Rovinj in Croatia Cat Ekkelboom-White sitting on the rocks with the town of Rovinj in the distance A view of the down of Rovinj in Croatia from further along the northern coast No peeing off the lookout point sign in Croatia The Croatian Fjord Cat being goofy by the "no pissing" sign A view across the hillsides in northern Istria in Croatia The Croatian and EU flags at the border to Slovenia

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Want to see some more of Croatia? Check out the other stop on our trip, the Plitvice Lakes

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