Teeny Tiny Bathing Suits

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Aug 02, 2008

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Flag of Croatia  , Istria,
Thursday, July 31, 2008

Had a drink at a cafe overlooking the famous promenade here in Opatija today, and couldn't help but notice that both the Speedo and the g-string bikini are very much alive and well in Croatia. Unfortunately, in many cases the results are not necessarily flattering to the wearer. Also witnessed an amazing feat of bathing suit switchery, right out in the open. A girl ingeniously tied the top and bottoms of one string bikini over top of the other, then untied the original pieces, gingerly pulled them out, and voila! Why she would need to do such a thing, I do not pretend to understand, but it was impressive. Probably disappointing though to the male observers hoping for a bikini malfunction.

While there are a couple of small man-made sandy beaches in this area, the shoreline is naturally made up of pebbles vs sand. Therefore, the majority of sun worshipping is done on "concrete beaches". All along the oceanfront, there are gigantic patios stretching right up to the water's edge where you can rent beach chairs. In areas where the water is deeper, they even have diving boards set up so that the young men can impress onlookers with their flips and spins.

Opatija started off a few hundred years ago as more of a spa town for the aristocracy, so the royals and wealthy set would come in winter for some warmer temperatures and to breathe in the sea air. As a result, there are quite a few grand historic hotels, one of which we are staying in. The accommodation here is posher than it has been on the rest of the trip, which is a very nice way to end things.
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