Croatia 1 June: Pazin - Motovun

in the heart of Istria

We started our day in Pazin, in the heart of Istria.

The local kids awaited us eagerly...

...the kids guessed our nationalities in no-time...

The mayor received the torch with kind words...

...and passed it on to the children...

...a short run with the mayor, teachers and all the kids!

Thank you Pazin for the enthusiasm and the great hospitality!

..time to say good-bye...

...Istria is quite hilly...

Trviž was next. The school was small, but the meeting was excellent.

...even with the "older" kids we had fun!

Thank you Trviž for the fun!

..we approached Motovun. The city is located on the top of a mountain. The castle is visible from afar...

...our greeting committee...

...the kids carried the torch into the school...

...the other children lined up...

...several nice performances...

A group picture and we enjoyed highly welcomed refreshments...

After the presentation we ran with the kids up to the castle...

...a steep climb...

Istria was under the rule of Venice...

..almost there...

...we met another school class on the way up...

...the gate of the castle...

...and we enjoyed the stunning view!

Toyesa tries a new car...

...we went on to Višnjan to visit the astronomical observatory....

...an interesting tour...

..with pieces from outer space...

..we could watch sun-flares...

Thank you for the kind tour!

Finally we could enjoy the sea...

...and some healthy mud...

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Thank you Istria for the welcome!