Hotel Palace Bellevue Opatija
Travel Blogs from Opatija
Finally Zadar was in sight– who needs a TomTom! Before we knew it, we had found our lovely yellow apartment and our host, Kruno, was waiting for us.
Pleased with our map reading skills we celebrated by walking into the old town of Zadar to check out a few sights and then found a fantastic restaurant recommended by Kruno followed by a few drinks at a trendy bar overlooking the water to watch the sun go ...
... our car on a make shift parkinglot and walked down to the beach. We walked by a cute little harbor. Of course the water was cold but refreshing. Erwin managed to spot a couple of fish without snorkling gear. He actualy managed to take a picture of it!
After we dried up we went back to the car. Our next place was Vrbnik. You had wonderful views and beautiful bays and tiny little streets where hardly a car ...
... dud the job. It was in an old port side 4 story building old staircase but had the best local market at our door. Veg, fish, meat, it had it all. During our week we did a day tour to Pula, and ancient port village complete with roman gates and walls and an amphitheatre like ...
... can sort it out.
Opatija was developed as a resort town
for the aristocracy of the Hapsburg empire so it has had wonderful
public works projects along the foreshore. This includes the
Lungomare, a 13 km long elegant public walkway along the shoreline.
Everywhere else the seashore is alienated by private dwellings and
massive hotels that like to make their bit of seashore ...
... piano accordion accompaniment to a 5 piece group with violin, double
bass, 2 guitars and, of course, the piano accordion.
The dance troupes were the centre
piece of the show. There were Dervishes that I could recognise as
well as the Italian and Slovenian groups. I think it was a local
Croatian group who had a group of youngsters who stole the show at
times. A wonderful evening.