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The second leg of our Spring 2022 trip with Tracy's sister Alex and husband Ed was to the town of Pula, famed for its ampitheater. Leaving from Rovinj, we headed south and stopped for an olive oil tasting along the ways before enjoying a day trip to Pula

Chiavalon Farm Shop
            Farm ShopChiavalon Olive OilsEnroute to Pula we stopped at the Chiavalon Farm Shop, one of Istria's award winning olive oil producers. It is a family owned business that specializes in the production of high-grade extra virgin olive oil, using a process that produces the purest olive oil in an ecologically sustainable fashion. All of the ingredients from the harvest either go into the production of the olive oil, or the regeneration of the olive grove through the extraction of seeds and organic compost to fertilize the ground. Nothing is wasted in this state of the art process, as our tour guide enthusiastically explained. The grounds consist of the farmshop housing the processing equipment and
showroom, and one of the many olive groves that Chiavalon has in the region.  We were treated to a guided tour Tour Guideof the processing plant, followed by a tasting in the showroom. Suffice it to say that we did not leave empty-handed! Below is a short virtual tour of the Chiavlon Farm Shop and groves.

Chiavalon Farm Shop and Olive Grove
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Day Trip To Pula

Following our stop athe the Chiavalon Farm, we continued south to Pula. Athough best known for its amphitheater, the city is also host to a number of ruins from the Roman era through its life as a vassal city of Venice. The tour below will take you through the monumnents from these time periods.
A Virtual Tour of Pula's Ancient Ruins
Amfiteater u Pula EntanceSnap Content
Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets:

QR CodeThere is also a version of this tour designed specifically for VR headsets such as Google
Cardboard, and it works with both iPhone and Android devices. It may be accessed by scanning
on the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may access the VR tour by following this link.

For iOS devices
: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

For Android devices: Open the camera app and use the built-in scanner to scan the QR code above. Confirm that you want to open the website, and wait for it to load--it should load in stereo view. Select the fullscreen ("X" option) from the menu at the bottom. Turn the device to landscape mode and you are ready to go. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

Following our walkthrough of the historical sites of Pula, we left Croatia in the rearview mirror, heading to Piran, on Slovenia's Adriatic coast.

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