Typical in its construction to other Medieval hill-towns, it has everything they have - but at a fraction of the size! Hum has a church, a teeny-tiny main square, a loggia built onto the front of its administrative building, a plethora of arches and twisting streets and shops and houses - on a delightfully small scale.
The castle doors are inscribed with 12 medallions, on which the 'farming' calendar from times far past are inscribed. It is these medallions from which the names of the Croatian months are derived. This is why I found them so very difficult to learn - there is no pattern linguistically to hang your memory on!
Around every corner is something new to catch your imagination. We stumbled upon this wildly creative mini-garden, planned from natural and enhanced rock formations in the rear of the town. Complete with bench, it is a charming place from which to contemplate the magnificent views.
Within the town gates, there were numerous charming terraces, gardens, painted and shuttered windows - all screaming to be painted and photographed!
A charming konoba (local cafe) sported an outdoor seating area with views to guarantee your need of a shovel. (To scrape your jaw off the ground with, of course!)
As it was late in the season, many of the shops were closed, but one in particular, door wide to the amazing vista, proudly plied its wares. The young girl working there was sweetly friendly, and shared that her friends thought her to be crazy for living so 'far from the sea' (20 minutes). She was in need of the shovel to retrieve her jaw when I declared that I live 2000 miles from the sea!
I fell in love with Hum. Its 'mini-me' stature, and its bigger- than- life hospitality and charm were an irresistible combination. It was like visiting a Barbie play castle. (Without all the nauseating pink plastic.)
There are so many incredible places to see and experience in rural Istria. Just reliving it and tracking down photos is enough to put a big smile of contentment on my face.
Yo HAVE to go if you get the chance...