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  • Day57

    By ourselves again

    August 19, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We waved most of the tour off today at 6.30 am.
    After a leisurely breakfast we walked up to town centre and found the tourist bus for a 1 hour sight see of the city.
    Most we saw yesterday but there was some new streets and information also.
    After a light lunch we found the tunnel I walked yesterday so Steve could see it.
    When we both felt we'd "done" Zagreb, we walked back to hotel via Botanical Gardens, which was closed 😕
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    Looks like a fantastic trip, loved all the photos Maree and Steve

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  • Day56

    Zagreb city tour

    August 18, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is divided into the upper and lower town. The lower town is centralised, well planned and has beautiful Austro-Hungarian architecture. Many people enjoy living here, and it is the main business area. The streets are wide. We visited the “The Church of the Assumption of Mary”, the old market and Ben Jelacic Square.
    We walked up the hill to visit the Upper Town, which is the oldest area. Here the streets are narrower and we wound our way through them, enjoying the sights. We entered the town through the original entrance and saw St Mark’s Church, which is one of the original buildings, St Katherine’s Church, the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Lotrscak Tower. A cannon goes off everyday at noon from this tower. We heard the cannon, just as we made our way down the hill.
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  • Day55

    Last farm visit

    August 17, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Our local tour guide today was the Leader of the Noble Community of the area we visited. After all of Croatia's occupations by other countries all the "nobility" have left is a small "castle" and a handful of native pigs. They no longer own their estates as they were taken off them by the Soviets in the 1990's.
    Native Croatian Pigs. Were nearly extinct but now looked after by a volunteer group in a national park.
    Traditional lunch at a restaurant.
    Free time in Zagreb. Tea in city then a nice evening walk home
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  • Day54

    Back to Croatia, last stop

    August 16, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Woke up to drizzly day, then rain but sunny again by afternoon.
    Over the border back to Croatia.
    Visited a bull beef farm. They only raise bulls for meat and have a biogas operation as well.
    Lunch at a nearby restaurant to eat "baby beef" from their farm.
    Then to a tobacco farm, very interesting.
    Then to Zagreb, the last stop of this tour.
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  • Day50

    Mother and daughter day off

    August 12, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    We woke up early for another 6.30 am swim. Water all to ourselves at that hour. Breakfast then Steve went on farm tour. They're doing pig farm with prosciutto and olive farm. Then a tour of old Pula.
    Mum and I had day off.
    Found a nearby post office and mum posted a box back home.
    Went down to nearby water, can't call it a beach, and had a lovely swim. We had lunch there at their beach lounge bar, then another swim. 37 degrees today.
    Came home for a cuppa and changed clothes.
    I went for walk along shops to the more touristy area and back.

    The Story of the Maiden and the Seagull statue.

    On the promontory in front of the one-time cemetery a girl extends her arm to a gull. This, however, is a new sculpture, the work of a sculptor Car, and it was erected here in 1956 and turned into one of Opatija’s symbols. Before that, in its place, namely until demolished by a storm, stood the “Madonna del Mare”, the work of sculptor Rathausky from Graz (his also is the fountain “Helios and Selene” in the park between St. Jacob’s Church and hotel Imperial). The “Madonna” was erected to keep vigil over the soul of count Arthur Kesselstadt, who vanished, not far off from that promontory swallowed by the pre-Easter waves in 1891. During that excursion the contess Fries also lost her life, but her son Georg was saved.
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    Love looking at all the photos Maree

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  • Day49

    National Park walk, then to Opatija

    August 11, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Early morning swim in the Adriatic Sea before breakfast, not so many people this morning!
    Getting to our next destination we drive through the Sveti Tunnel, 5675 metres long. interesting that there is a 5 degree drop in temperature when we come out - apparently the tunnel links the Mediterranean and Continental climates.
    Walk through 2 National Parks with ponds and waterfalls. Very beautiful, walking along wooden walkways over streams and ponds, also trails through the "bush".
    Drive to Opatija for the night.
    Steve and I do our talk about ourselves. Everyone's had a turn on the microphone on the bus.
    Steve and I go on a night walk, enjoying the lights of Opatija.
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  • Day48

    Say cheese

    August 10, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Cheese factory visit. Very barren landscape to get to factory, very white, reminded us of a moonscape. There were pretty scenes also, lovely old stone fences, fish farms.
    The cheese production is limited by sheep numbers. To produce their unique cheese, the milk needs to come from the sheep on the island, and there is a limit to how many sheep can be run, as it is very barren. There are 30,000 sheep on the island, who are small, strong and are free to run in the paddocks. The sheep are not suitable for shearing. The paddocks all have stone fences around them, and the land is privately owned. Land is never sold as it is a family tradition to run sheep. Sheep have been milked here for over 4000 years.
    Good factory visit, cheese tastings with wine for lunch.

    To Zadar and see monument of the sun and wave organ monument.
    To hotel and swim in Adriatic Sea again. Steve was stunned by having to share a small beach with many other people, we did it anyway and was lovely.
    Temperatures still mid 30's.
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  • Day47

    Cattle and prosciutto visits

    August 9, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    A visit today to a Holstein cattle farm. It was largely managed by a vet who was keen to change to Simmentals, was having problems with drug resistance and owners from overseas who weren't interested in what he wanted to say. They also ran hens for eggs.

    We then went to a Proscuitto and olive oil farm. We had a lovely lunch under grapevines, saw a video on how they make proscuitto then a walk through their vines to visit the pigs.

    We travelled back to our hotel, had a guided walk around the old city of Split
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