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Travel Blogs from Opatija
Cloudy start but
still made it to our little private beach to read and relax.
As we did yesterday
we skipped lunch surviving on fruit in order to be in the water as long as we
Tried a great
restaurant at night "Konoba" in the main street of the fishing village. Only 22
euros for both of us …
Finally the sun arrived, and in strength. Apart from 2 rainy interruptions the rest was pure sun.
So lots of walking, beaches and cold swimming.
Dinner at a fantastic place called Tremenka - best food all the trip and probably the best since a few years back in Paris.
... no evidence of this heartbreaking devastation. Rocky hillsides with scrubby trees bravely growing and clinging to this harsh ground was again the landscape as we saw around the coast further south. Arriving Rijeka was a total change again. This is the 3rd largest city in Croatia and the area called the Croatian Rivera starts here and runs down the eastern coast of the Istrian Peninsula for about 20kms. We drove through as we had planned to stay at the quieter town of Lovran ...
... the madness of Croatian drivers on narrow coastal roads. Interestingly, clear sight lines aren't required while passing, whilst we were relieved to sit behind a slow truck and wave everyone on! I have never seen Geoff drive with such restraint and we now have a new appreciation for our lovely visitors driving on NZ roads! Tomorrow we are going to brave the coastal roads again (good training for Italy!) and explore the Istrian coast then head inland to Slovenia for a bit of ...
... story. With a diverse population that fought against being part of Yugoslavia, but also fought against each other, their independence was hard fought over many years (1991 to 1995) with thousands of casualties. Of the Serbs and Croats, neither can be seen as the 'good guys' or 'bad guys' as there was ethnic cleansing on both sides, Enough lecturing.... Only to say that the village of Otocac was on the front line ...