We arrived in Opatija in the late afternoon. There was enough
time to check into the Hotel Millennium and walk some of the 12 km promenade
or Lungomare by the water. The population of Opatija is about 13,000.
Our room overlooked Park Sv. Jakov and the Adriatic Sea.
We stayed here for 3 nights. Our planned activities included
a trip to Venice, Italy. As we crossed the Italian border we were told that
Venice, mainly St. Mark's Square and the parking areas, were under 3
feet of water and it was impossible to get around. I guess
that's what happens when it rains all night and still rained for most
of the day. So our guide made some hasty arrangements for us
to visit Udine and Trieste, Italy.
The next day was sunny for our visit to a local village of Mošćenice
on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
That afternoon about 20 of the group elected to go on a 2 hour Riviera Cruise from
Opatija to Rijeka. We were offered soft drinks, wine, and the
locally produced grappa (brandy) and listen to local
musicians. It was interesting to see the villas and small
villages from the water.
The following morning we were on the road again going south-east to