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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Opatija November 6th 2018

Today was an awesome day. I took an optional tour to istria which was about 45 minutes from opatija. It is Croatia's truffle region and is also known for its wines. Besides France and Italy, croatia is the best place for truffles. The area is only an hour from the border of Italy. Trieste is the closest Italian city. There is a significant Italian population and influence here. Mario andretti, the race car driver, is from motuvan, a town we visited. First we stopped off to meet wirh a woman who, along with her well trained dog Nera, hunts for truffles. She gave us a demonstration of how the dogs find them. It was very interesting. I took a video. All my pix are on my camera. Next stop was motuvan, a beautiful Medieval city. We ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Plitvicka Jezera November 5th 2018

Today was a transit day. Left Zagreb this morning. Really nice city. Today we visited politics lakes, a beautiful national park in Croatia, one of 8. Took a walking tour for about 2 1/2 hours. It was supposed to rain, but luckily it never did. We are now in opatija. Really pretty Adriatic coastal city. Reminds me of the riviera. Great views. I can see why Europeans want to come here for their holidays. I'll add some pix now. ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Istria » Pula October 31st 2018

Z ubytka smer zel.stanica Budova stara ale pekne upravena, kaviarnicka nesmie chybat. Je tu odstaveny aj jeden parny rusen, v rijeke bol tiez pred stanicou jeden. Vonku pekne slnecno, tak mikina dole a len v kratkom tricku smer cintorin. V miestnom parku dychovka a asi 10ludi, si tu uctievali neakych mrtvych ludi pri pomniku. V okoli cintorina predavali kopu kvetov, dusicky sa blizia. To malo za nasledok aj zvyseny pocet ludi a aut. Mesto pula dokonca dalo gratis dopravu mhd na cintorin. Nuz ale cintorin nebol moj hlavny dovod ist tymto smerom. Ciel je dalsia pevnost giorgio. Keby tu nebola keska ani sem nejdem, bo vsetky pevnosti su tu na jedno kopyto. Kruhova stavba, priekopa a uzavrete pre verejnost. No tato nie, mrezove dvere otvorene, tak idem na prieskum. Dnu maly plac, okolo mury kde boli ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Pula October 30th 2018

Vonku pekne slnecno a len slabucky vietor. V pekarnicke kupujem ranajky. Pekarniciek je tu dost, to sa mi lubi. Plnene listkove cesto do seba natlacene pri pristave kde ponukaju vyletne lode do np brijuni. Samozrejme v sezone. To teraz moc nehrozi. Popri moru okolo pristavu kde kotvi kopa jacht sa dostavam ku kostoliku Uznesenje Blažene Djevice Marije. Okolo neho prechadzam do fajn stareho mesta. Pekna stredomorska architektura. Je este len 9.30 tak vacsina obchodov zatvorena avsak kaviarnicky uz funguju a ludia popijaju svoju rannu davku. Jedna tour grupa. Cez Park Montezaro, v ktorom kopa skolkarov, sa cestou nescestou dostavam k pevnosti Fort Casoni Vecchi. Kruhovita stavba obklopena priekopou. Dnu sa dostat neda tak ako do ostatnych pevnosti co mam dnes v plane navstivit. Bud je v pevnosti klub, akvarko alebo nieco ine. Nuz dalsi ciel pevnost ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Pula October 29th 2018

Z ubytka vypadnutie okolo 9.00. Recepcny nikde tak ziadna platba za ubytko, nech si to strhnu z karty. U mlinara kupene orechove hniezda a popri divadlu cez trh smer pristav. Na trhu kopa zeleniny. Dobre to vyzeralo. Uz po pristati v stokholme som chytil druhy dych vo foteni. Cvakam mobilom (na fotak som lenivy a myslim, ze kvalita rovnaka ako na mobile) ostosest. Za den aj 150fotiek. Posledne mesiace v azii to bolo asi 30 za den. V pristave zjedene ranajky. Vyhnal ma dazd. Najskor slabsi ale ako som sa blizil k staremu mestu dost sa rozprsalo. Tak som to zalomil do kaviarne na kapucino. V kaviarniach ludia popijali kavu resp male flaskove pivo. Okolo chodili grupy nemeckych dochodcovskych tour. Po prsacke a vypiti kapucinka smer uzke ulicky a podzemne tuneli. Vchadzam vchodom pri Katolícky kostol ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rijeka October 28th 2018

Opat na ranajky burek ale tentoraz masovy a zjedeny na inej lavicke. Presun k divadlu pri ktorom je aj trh. Kvety na hrob, ovozel vonku, dnu syry a pekarenske vyrobky. No moc som sa tu nezdrzal bo zacalo prsat a von som vybehol v mikine. Je teplo, 20c Na ubytku sedenie v lobby. Chlap co tu ma rezervaciu tiez na 3noci, musel vcera nedobrovolne opustit dorm, bo jebly recepcny na jeho postel dal ineho hosta. Chlap dosol vecer, recepcny uz nikde (je tu do 22.00). Tak chlap sa nasackoval do privat izby, recepcny si to ani tento vecer nevsimol. Inak za izbu som zatial neplatil. Ked nevypita, nedam. Jebat ich za tie podvody co robia cez booking. Prinajhorsom si platbu strhnu z karty ktorou som sa zarucil. Toto by bolo druhy krat v zivote co som ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rijeka October 27th 2018

Ranajky kupene v pekarni mlinar (siet pekarni v chorvatsku). Davam syrovy burek, ten zjedeny na lavicke pri malom pristave pri Bridge of Croatian Defenders from Homeland War. Dnesny ciel rijeka castle. K nemu idem po nekonecnych schodoch Trsatske Stube. Schody su v pohode. Postupne sa mi naskytaju fajn vyhlady na rijeku, more, kopce, dialnicny most a rozne uzke ulicky co sa napajaju na schody. Na vrchole ma caka kostol Our Lady of Trsat a pri nom Pančićev park. V nom je vytvorena krizova cesta. Tak sa idem poprechadzat. Mierne stupanie po fajn chodniku v lese. Krizova cesta fajn, bo vyjavi su robene formou fajn soch. Nachadzam tu i dva bunkre ale vstup bud blokuje kopa porastu abo smeti. Na vrchole parku je vyhliadka (stara kamenna). Fajn vyhlad na mesto, v pozadi more a kopce. Od kostola ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Rijeka October 26th 2018

Tak lea opusta dom uz okolo 6.30. Ide na pohovor. Mensia rozlucka a pokracovanie v spanku. Na moje prekvapenie ju jonas nesiel odprevadit na metro. Ona jeho sla vzdy, dokonca vcera ho bola aj vyzdvihnut. Na ranajky som si dal zdravy chleba s medom a olivovou natierkou. Sprcha, zbalenie, rozlucka s jonasom a smer obchod coop pri metre. Kupa 3croasantov, suchare a voda. V metre si nebolo kde sadnut tak som si postal zhruba 15.min. Z ludi v metre som mal divny pocit. Ziadne emocie, celkovo taky chlad. Jak roboti. Horse nez v japonsku. Par ludi citalo knihy, niektory pocuvali hudbu. Akurat zaujala jedna baba, ta sa furt usmievala. Neviem ci pocuvala nieco zabavne abo co. Mimochodom svedka to nebola, aziatka. Na tcentrale podla znacenia smer bus terminal. Tu kupa hotdogu. Som si tam riadne nakydal ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Opatija September 27th 2018

After a reasonable night, apart from the very basic room amenities, a good breakfast then the Plitvice Lakes tour. We decided on the easier walking tour as I'm not feeling so good. First stop was to view the Big Waterfall, stunning even though it was a little dry with not much water falling. Walking trail along the top of ridge overlooking the lakes, perfect blue waters. Caught tram to upper lakes where we walked the boardwalks around the lake edge. Stunning clear water. Plenty pictures taken. Depart 12.30 for Opatjia. Reasonable drive to Opatjia, arrived 5pm. Hotel Continental, older style but comfortable. Went forwalk around the town and promenade. Back for buffet dinner which was good then bed.... read more
Big Waterfall but not much water
Cascades
Mid lakes

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Krk June 8th 2018

Last full day of our Croatian trip. We didn't have much planned but Kirsten was excited because today we were scuba diving. Our guide picked us up and we left Opatija and headed over to the island of Krk. Our travel agent/trip planner Jen is from this island and she was planning to meet us at the dive shop this morning. She is a lovely woman and a great planner! She knows her stuff, so if anyone is planning to come over here, get her details from Kirsten, she's amazing. The dive shop was pretty small, and we should have known something was up when they didn't have many sizes for dive suits. Kirsten wore a lovely 2 piece number, while Chester was in a something about 3 sizes too big. And our dive guide even ... read more
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Pebble Beach
smelling the flowers




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