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From a travelogue of crazy traveler.

I had my return flight to Warsaw on Saturday afternoon, from Treviso. On Friday morning I was still in Pula. With a car it would be no problem at all, it is not so far. But I was dependent of local transportation and it was not so trivial as it may seem. So, early morning I caught the first bus to Rovinj. I had there three hours till the next bus - just the right time to stroll slowly in this charming little town. Then I went to Porec to see the Byzantine mosaic in the church - on UNESCO list. The old church and the mosaic in the apside were great.
I wanted to go to Piran. Earlier I noticed strange thing that in Croatia I couldn't get any information about the buses in Slovenia. So I went to the Tourist Information to ask. And to my amazement I heard that there were NO bus connections to Slovenia! Not at all! What to do? The woman told me I could take a taxi - for 60 euro. I did not liked this idea. I asked if there was something from Umag - the town north of Porec, closer to the border. No, it is just the same - she told me (and it was not the truth, the distance was much shorter). I took my map, very small, and estimated that from Umag it would be 20 kilometers and then 15 to Portoroz. I will go on foot...
In short time I had the bus to Umag. I noticed that it was written in small letters that actually it went to Santa Maria in Carso - still some kilometers closer to Slovenia. The driver was a bit surprised that I wanted to go to S. Maria, I was the only passenger, but he told me how I should go. It was closer than I thought - only about 8 kilometers.
Near the border the Croatian police car stopped. 'What are you doing here?" "I am going to Slovenia", I explained. There is no bus so I must walk. "It is not forbidden", they said. "No," I agreed. At the border they found my presence also rather strange. It was 13 km to Portoroz. The nice policewomen told me there were no buses but she could call a taxi for me. It was no sense to walk farther, I would not see Piran. I asked for taxi and for 20 euro went to Portoroz and then by bus to Piran.
I was a bit tired but not too much, so first I went to make some photos. I was on the hill seen in the right corner on the photo, there are walls of the castle . The view was great on all Piran but the position of the sun was not favourable and the photos were no good. Then I went to see the church and from there this photo was made. You can see here the main square - Piazza Tartini. The famous violinist was born in a house on the square, on the left side. We can see him on the monument. The small marina is near the square - it was where I made photo of boats next morning.

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