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Grad Opatija

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  • Day2

    Leaving Venice, drove through small villages and some interstate. Roads were pretty narrow through some of these towns - didn’t faze Jan, our bus driver. We were rocking and rolling the whole way. Of course, a super blustery day with heavy storm clouds contributed to the van shaking around just a bit. We did almost run head into another vehicle at an intersection on a curve - that was a close one! Some of the group is staying at one hotel and we are staying at an older historic hotel in the city center, built in 1906. Gate1 has a lot of trips running out of here, as they seem to have everywhere.

    Got to the hotel about 5 and have about 2 1/2 hours before meeting with the other members of the group. Tried to take a nap, but too wired. Janet got an email from the guy on the plane who worked for the CDC and was now heading for Uganda for the next 3-5 years. Janet had given him her business card and later he gave us one of his - really nice of him to touch base. That rarely happens with a seat mate on a plane. Have only been up for about 30+ hours now. Meeting and then we’re getting dinner as well and then we should be totally wiped out!

    Seems like a good group - director went over the program. Met a couple of nice ladies (Sara and Mignon). Went upstairs for a big buffet which was quite good actually and had dinner with a nice couple from Kansas City who had traveled extensively. We decided to go out for a stroll in super windy, rainy conditions, although the temps were around 65. A few pictures are attached. Wish we had more time. Tomorrow we are off for Istrian Peninsula and Pula and Rovinj.

    A short blurb from Rick Steves on Opatija:

    And just outside of the peninsula is Opatija (oh-PAH-tee-yah). It's on the water, but it's not your typical Croatian beach town. In the late-19th-century golden age of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this unassuming village was transformed into the Eastern Riviera, one of the swankiest resorts on the Mediterranean. While the French, British, and German aristocracy sunbathed on France's Côte d'Azur, the wealthy elite from the eastern half of Europe — the Habsburg Empire and Russia — partied in Opatija.
    While the Habsburgs and Russians are long gone, Opatija retains the trappings of its genteel past. Most of Croatia evokes a more ancient Mediterranean, but Opatija whispers "belle époque." With its welcoming and elegant promenade, it may be the classiest resort town in Croatia, with more taste and less fixation on postcards and seashells. ©Rick Steves

    And on Rovinj:

    While the Istrian Peninsula has many tacky and forgettable resort towns, the seafront port of Rovinj — like a little Venice on a hill — is one of my favorite small towns on the Mediterranean.

    Rising dramatically from the Adriatic as though being pulled up to heaven by its grand bell tower, there's something particularly romantic about Rovinj (roh-VEEN). Some locals credit the especially strong Venetian influence here — it's the most Italian town in Croatia's most Italian region. Rovinj's streets are delightfully twisty, its ancient houses are characteristically crumbling, and its harbor still hosts a real fishing industry. ©Rick Steves
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  • Day11

    Opatija -> Rovinj

    September 27, 2017 in Croatia

    De Kroatische kust is de rijkste van de wereld de kust 5835 km lang door al die eilanden.
    We rijden naar Opatija en dat is 400 km van Zadar dus rijden, rijden maar.
    Het Velebit gebergte wordt gepasseerd en de Kvarner streek doorgereden.
    Altijd verandert het landschap.
    We rijden over een mooie brug die afgesloten wordt als de bora wind waait, deze ijskoude wind uit het noorden kan tot 140/u waaien en dan kan er geen verkeer over, zelfs geen bussen of vrachtwagens. Er moet dan 150 km worden rondgereden!
    Begeleid met mooie muziek als ‘Du’ van Peter Mafay, ‘Hold me now’ van Johnny Lohan en ‘Nothing gone chance my love for you’ van Glen Medeiros, werd er zelfs in de bus gedanst.
    Pas om 12u stoppen we in Sinj om even naar toilet te gaan, eerst een lange rij vóór de WC en daarna een lange rij vóór de drankjes.
    rond 3u waren we in Opatija, dit stadje wordt weleens het Nice van Kroatië genoemd met mondaine villa’s. Frans Jozef en Elisabeth (SiSi) hebben in hun jonge jaren hier ook verbleven totdat de staatszaken de overhand namen.
    Het was 25 graden en licht bewolkt.
    Daarna reden we in een trek door naar Rovinj een stadje op een eiland, behalve de indrukwekkende kerk lijkt het wat op Mont Saint Michel.
    Wij logeren op een eiland met een groot 4sterren hotel. Er is wat verwarring als we onze koffers afgeven aan het schip of we moeten vermelden dat we hotel Istra hebben maar nee, er is maar 1 hotel! De kamers werden verdeeld en wij liggen op de 3e verdieping met prachtig uitzicht op zee.
    Na een cava als welkomstdrank smaakt het uitgebreid buffet zeer goed. Met gratis wijn en bier wordt er nog nagetafeld en na een heerlijke douche vallen we als een blok in slaap!
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  • Day20

    Leaving Plitvic Lakes bejond we traveled west to return again to the Adriatic sea coast and the town of Opatija.

    What an amazing contrast to our earlier stops! A, seaside resort and haven for royalty since the 19 th century the area reeks of money and high class.

    Most of our tour group breaded out on an optional tour. Barb and I opted to takes the day oon or LeAnn and remained in town.Read more

  • Day3

    Upon recommendations of our tour guide Maja, we are dining with the locals in a neat little restaurant just a few blocks from our hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297515-d2354978-Reviews-Tavern_Istranka-Opatija_Primorje_Gorski_Kotar_County.html

    Had the special - grilled sea bass with potatoes while Janet indulged in a Croatian stew, all consumed with a bottle of Chardonnay (local brew mixed with a bit of Moscato.

    Afterwards strolled the streets on a lot nicer night than last night!! Still jet lagged we are crashing out early for us.
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