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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 ...
... northern Istria.
We started with a visit to Groznjan, a medieval-era walled city smaller than most shopping malls. Enjoying a tourist-driven resurgence, this village has been restored and today boasts a thriving artist colony and numerous galleries featuring the creative endeavors of glass-makers, fabric designers, jewelers, painters and sculptors. The serene vibe encouraged us to stroll slowly along the cobbled streets, visiting the galleries and enjoying ...
... a person saw us and saved us from our misery. It was that kind of taunting that happens when you are so busting to wee and you can see the toilet in the distance, and your body knows it’s near and starts to relax. It was cruel that no one was there. We circled, buzzed, knocked and called out, and eventually (just as we were about to give up) a slow moving old man came towards us like a sea turtle coming ashore. We had the place to ...
... 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 ...