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Friday, August 11, 2023


Croatia: MTB - Forts near Pula and Fažana

In the morning I left Nada in the campsite and with Black Mamba we started exploring forts in the area. We visited many of them, some are totally in ruins, while other are in better shape. On the way I also picked up 10 geocaches.

Previous days of our seaside trip: Day 1 - 16155, Day 2 - 16156.

Morning on our beach.

Camping place or Nada's office for today.

Cape Proština (Punta Christo) is located at the northern entrance to the Pula harbor near Štinjan.

Fort Punta Christo is the largest Austro-Hungarian fortification in the area. Although it was abandoned for a long time, many concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events take place in it today. It was built at the end of the 19th century and covers more than ten thousand square meters. It has even 270 rooms.

View from the end of the cape Rt Proština.

While one guy was fishing, I was searching for the geocache.

The path led me through the nice bushy area near the Lost Beach.

Monte Grosso Fortress is positioned on the hill overlooking the Valmaggiore at an altitude of 67 m and it was constructed in 1836.

The Monte Grosso Fort boasted about 18 cannons, making it a significant defensive installation of its time. In its second construction phase, two mortar batteries were added adjacent to the fort. Each of these batteries was equipped with four 21 cm coast mortars M 80. 

Küsten-Batterie Valmaggiore.

Through the forest I came to Fort Munide,  a fortified tower located on the Mount Žunac, built in 1852. Half of the fort has been destroyed in 1944 when the fort was bombed.

View to Pula.

The historic FS 835.040 steam locomotive was built by the Italian State Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) in the early 20th century.

I revisited the Pula Arena and then headed to Fort San Giorgio or better known to many as the Pula Fort Monte Ghiro.

I think I got lost somewhere in the bushes.

Between olive groves.

In the end I visited the replica of autenthic istrian "kažun". Kažun was used as a storage for tools which were used on land. After that it was time to go back - Garmin Connect.

Dinner and sunset.

Geocaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "MissJenn’s 5 Cents", TB9K7R9 and "Sukerbiet 1", TB9VDJJ):
- Punta Christo, GC733MX
- Beach Kanalić, GC9Y7CK
- Stinjan - Mt. Grosso Fortress, GC3QDR9
- Fort Munide, GC79CEN
- Amphitheater Pula, GC1VA1K
- Fort Giorgio, GC59X5F
- Istarski kažun, GC4ZVDP
- Hidrobaza, GC6051A
- wheelchair-accessible beach, GC6JKP4

#MTB #seaside #vantrip #geocaching 

Thursday, August 10, 2023


Croatia: MTB around Pula, Vintijan Bike Park

After the yesterday's concert (16155) Nada still needed to do some work regarding her job, while I took my Black Mamba and we went exploring the area south of Pula. I also spotted a bike park nearby, so I decided to check the trails and in the end I also did some riding near the seaside. At noon I met with Nada again and we drove to Brioni Sunny Camping, where we settled for the next three days.

Exploring new paths.

At the top of Vintijan Bike Park.

Should I go on the left or right trail?

My Black Mamba.

Map of trails in the park.

Near Uvala Soline.

Smell of the sea.

On the coastal hiking route - Garmin Connect.


Sunset in the campsite.

Geocaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "MissJenn’s 5 Cents", TB9K7R9 and "Sukerbiet 1", TB9VDJJ):
- Stadion Aldo Drosina, GCAC619
- Capitains Beach, GC6MYAD

#MTB #seaside #vantrip #geocaching 

Wednesday, August 09, 2023


Croatia: Imagine Dragons

I don't know why, but a while ago, Nada and me purchased tickets for the Imagine Dragons concert and we decided to prolog this trip to Pula with a mini vacation on the seaside. We rented a van with a bed, we put in our camping gear and we were ready for our 4-day adventure. In a couple of hours we were in Pula, where we parked the van and walked to the Pula Arena, where the concert will take place. We had a nice burger with sangria at the beach and then the rock and roll began.

We rented the van for our trip.

Bronco stayed at home, so we only took our Sheep Hope with us.

Dinner time.

Approaching the Pula arena, built between 27 BC and 68 AD, as the city of Pula became a regional centre of Roman rule.

The exterior wall is constructed in limestone. The part facing the sea consists of three stories, while the other part has only two stories since the amphitheatre was built on a slope. The maximum height of the exterior wall is 29.40 m. The first two floors have each 72 arches, while the top floor consists of 64 rectangular openings.

 It could accommodate 23000 spectators in the cavea, which had forty steps divided into two meniani. Today, around 7000 tickets can be sold.

Ticket for the concert.

Imagine Dragons are an American pop rock band formed in 2008, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and currently consisting of lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, and bassist Ben McKee.

Opening act was performed by AJR (brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met).

Part of their fourth concert tour, Mercury World Tour, was also this one in Pula Arena.

The Mercury World Tour began on February 6, 2022, at the FTX Arena in Miami, and concluded on September 10, 2023, at Lollapalooza Berlin.

Oh yeah, balloons.

I guess it was really hot, since Dan had to put down his shirt.

The concert ended a little past 11.

Setlist - LINK:

Set 1

  • My Life
  • Believer
  • It's Time
  • I'm So Sorry
  • Thunder
  • Birds
  • Follow You
  • Natural


  • Next to Me
  • Waves
  • Ferris Wheel
  • I Bet My Life

Set 2

  • Whatever It Takes
  • Sharks
  • Enemy
  • Bad Liar
  • Demons
  • Bones
  • Radioactive
  • Walking the Wire ("My Life" reprise)

#seaside #concert #vantrip

Tuesday, August 08, 2023


Slovenia: Vrh Ljubeljščice, Povna Peč and Ljubelj Pass with guests from Bretagne

As mentioned in one of my blog entries a while ago, I met a French family in 2010 and today, Nada and me visited them in Bretagne / Brittany. It didn't take long and Anne and Thierry were already in Slovenia, so we decided to have a nice hike together. Nada decided to join us a bit later, so I rode my bike to destination, Ljubelj, from where we started our hike to Dom na Zelenici mountain hut, where we had our lunch break. After a while we did a short detour to Dom pri izviru Završnice mountain hut and then we headed to Vrh Ljubeljščice, our highest point of the day, where we waited for Nada. Ljubeljščice ridge, or better said, the fun part was ahead of us, especially for my French friends, since they are not used to terrains like that, but slowly we overcome all the obstacles and we made it to the safe haven back at our home, where we celebrated life and Anne's birthday. Cheers!

I took my Black Mamba to meet Anne and Thierry. Side roads were in bad shape due to some heavy rain and floods in the last days.

In Africa, guides would use the words "pole pole".

We made a stop at Dom na Zelenici, 1536 m.

Slovenian "mountain" food.

Near Dom pri izviru Završnice we found an edible mushroom.

Energy spot along the way before we met with Nada.

Nada had a lot of time to take photos.

Our first "serious" climbing section.

Anne was totally serious.

Bretons are coming.

2nd part of the steel ropes.

Slowly and safely.

Ass can also be used for descends.

Our photographer Nada finally again on the picture.

On top of Povna peč, where the major troubles were behind us.

Book signing - Garmin Connect.

Finally back.

What a style.

Dinner time.

Evening activities.

Guess who won.