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Travel Blogs from Opatija
... this being her first
time on a sail boat, but since I have done this a couple of times now,
everything went smoothly.
Town is a great place to start your tour of the island. We took a tour of the Venetian
castle, where we enjoyed concerts and theatrical events of the Krk Festival.
Afterwards, we went to Vrbnik for some delicious white wine, and some great
food to compliment the wine. You cannot come ...
... it to the home/business where we were going to hunt truffles.
For some background, a truffle is basically a very expensive mushroom that grows underground. It has a rich distinctive taste and can be very expensive, up to 1000 Euro for a large truffle for certain varieties in the Istria region of Croatia that we visited. The reason they are hunted instead of gathered is that they can only be found by smell since no part of can be seen above ...
... gatherers use trained dogs to sniff out the prized white and black truffles that command thousands of dollars at market. They work under the cover of night, believing that the darkness heightens the canines’ sense of smell and also helps keep the exact location of the truffles shrouded in secrecy.
(We asked about using pigs for truffle hunting and were told that Croatians prefer using their dogs because pigs are too destructive. Apparently, pigs instinctively ...
... red wine and discussing the disaster that was Italy. It was also six years since my Dad had passed away. We talked about loss, family, and our appreciation of having each other. This past week had been so draining emotionally for us, that it rivaled the rain storage of Italy.
From the menu I selected the suckling pig feeling risky. It came out looking like a chain-sawed cross-section of pig torso. I don’t know why I thought ...
... we have to navigate our way out of town, but on a very wet day with thunder and lightening, so as you can imagine, tension levels were elevated somewhat. Thankfully we managed to find the A1 and head towards Opatija on the coast which was to be home for the next few days. After 2 hours we were fairly chuffed that we'd done so well and were safely in Rijeka without incidence or abusing each other. However.....all I can say....is about 5 minutes from Opatija there was a moment of ...