The official name is Brijini island and it’s now heralded as a national park. But, the Island has had its fair share of cultural history. The main one being that the former Yugoslavian leader, Josip Broz Tito, took up residents here. This is were the island becomes a little bit more interesting. Tito, created a comfort zone by introducing a variety of plants and soon to follow, a strange selection of animals ( elephants, bears, giraffes all sorts of crazy stuff). The latter, were often gifts from various world leaders. I believe Queen Elizabeth, gave him some Shetland ponies as a gift. Anyway, not all these animals survived and many were then stuffed, so to speak. Eventually, a museum was created in honour of Tito, also containing photographs of various people who had paid him a visit on the Island. There are a few other quirky bits and pieces on the island to see too. Such as an ancient old Olive tree ( over 1500 years old ) and some Roman ruins; I was driven around in a kooky train with car wheels, and we seemed to just drive past the Roman ruins. Similar to passing a Z lister’s house in the Hollywood Hills, I would imagine.
Brijini Island, is about a 40 min boat ride away from the ship building town of Pula in Istria, Croatia. You can actually stay on the island and my guess is that the Golf fraternity will soon be taking over the place. That’s once the Brit’s realise that you’re not going to step on a land mine and the beer tastes pretty good out there.
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