The bus trip to Opatija went through some of the most spectacular country we have seen. Mountains and ocean. The bus was full of young people sound asleep in odd positions, most of them had been at a festival. So glad those days are over for me. Got picked up by Ben whose Airbnb we were staying at and driven up into the hills above Opatija, our home for the next 3 nights. We became friends with Ben and his wife Ivana straight away. Ben is Australian, brought up in Cronulla and Ivana is Croatian. Turns out that had lived in the southern highlands for about 12 years I think, and Ben is a chippy, so Craig and Ben had a lot in common. Such a nice time was spent with these guys and by the time we left it felt like saying goodbye to family.
Beautiful walk through the bush down to the beach, then lovely meandering along the water past beautiful clear water for us to swim in. We hired chairs and umbrella one day and layed for hrs watching the world go by swimming and reading, first day we just sat and did nothing but rest. Had a jacuzzi every night, with an amazing view over the east coast of Istria, and a couple of the Croatian islands.
Ben and Ivana picked us up in the afternoons and drove us around showing us the sites and drinking beer overlooking the Adriatic. Magical time spent on our last days in Croatia.
Said our goodbyes then headed off on a train back to Ljubljana for a night, passing through some of the places we had walked not that long ago. Croatian trains are like the ones we had growing up, going from Bowral to Sydney as a child. We were able to hang our heads out the windows, just like old times, and carriages with just the two of us. Was able to see some of the paths and places we had walked, seems like such a long time ago. Sigh. Had a wonderful time reminiscing, in Ljubljana, eating ice cream and wandering the canal. Love this city, I think it’s our favourite. Had the best night sleep on a waterbed, which was surprising as I have never found them comfortable, but this one was amazing!!!!!
Goodbye Slovenia and Croatia you have been incredible and we hope to come back again one day!!!!!!!!!