A few miles north of Pula is the port of Fažana, from where we took a ferry trip to the Brijuni Islands. Although the Romans settled these islands, their main claim to fame is that they were the summer home of Josip Broz Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia.
Tito was a major player on the international stage during the Cold War era. Yugoslavia, although communist, adopted a non-aligned position during the Cold War. He organised various meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, and the museum featured photos of some of the many leaders who visited Brijuni. Above is Haile Selassie.
In the museum I managed to identify some of the leaders in the photo above. My photo of the photo is not of great quality, but I think that it features Haile Selassie, Jawaharlal Nehru, Archbishop Makarios, Sukarno, Kwame Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Tito. I’d be interested to know of the names of others in the photo.
Castro and Tito.
Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Sophia Loren also visited Brijuni.
While trying to identify more of the leaders in the group photo above, I came across this wonderful post from The Calvert Journal, featuring photos from some of Tito’s trips abroad.