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Opatija, Croatia

  History of Opatija  |   Pictures

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 Zadar.

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