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Published: October 8th 2007
We were up and about by 6am and looking for something to eat came across the dining room where for about A$7 each we had a buffet breakfast with cereal, a cheese omelet especially made for us plus cheese, meat, rusks, and tea or coffee. Two very satisfied people returned to pick up their gear.
We teamed up with a young Irish couple, Jude & Kevin when we left. Judy had spoken to them before. Jude is one of the first people we have met on this trip who has been to WA. She was backpacking and worked in Northbridge, worked at the Koorda hotel, and loved it. They were going to Ljubljana for the day so we decided to revisit, as in 2001 when we were there, we were too busy having Judy attended to at the hospital to really see it all.
It was not to be, as we found after a trek to both the railway station and the bus station as there was no train until 1300 and no bus at all! We had come in on a public holiday.
Instead, we reverted to the original plan and caught a bus to the nearby
Elegant old homes
The whole town was full of ornate old homes.
town of Opatija. This area is described as a 'corner of paradise' due to its mild, temperate climate. It used to be where Europe's nobility and rich used to go and this was confirmed by the gracious and lavish old buildings we later saw. We got off the bus about 3 km too early and found ourselves in the suburb of Volosko where we rented an apartment, Apartman studio Skoric, with everything we needed for 35 euros.
We had a needed shower and change of clothes and set off down a cobbled path to the marina about 150m away. From here we strolled along the ocean board walk that stretched for ever along the scenic coastline meeting many of the locals on the way. Everything was picturesque and we could see why the area is so popular during the season. Judy continued her new-found hobby of taking photos of either cats or old buildings, both of these in abundance. Rags again noted on the lack of birdlife, this being so in all areas where many cats were seen, and reiterated that using them as craybait would solve the problem!
As by now it was well after 5pm somewhere
in the world (although not midday here) we sat under an umbrella on a concrete beach and enjoyed the local ale. From here we were able to observe the locals sunning themselves, some in stages of undress not entirely flattering.
After finding a bus agency where we booked our trip to our next stop, Rovinj, we walked back along the top road, stopping at a bakery to buy cheese and spinach strudel for lunch. This was eaten in a nearby park, another feature of this town.
The bed was very comfortable and it was 2 ½ hours later before we roused ourselves to have a reviving cup of coffee before writing up our journal. Hopefully, the 'hotspot' nearby will allow us to upload and to read the mail we haven't read for the last 3 days.
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