We have finally arrived in our final country of the trip. Well, sort of our final country. We do have two more flights which will take us through Rome, Prague, and Amsterdam, but we won’t be leaving the airport for those, other than to sleep in the airport hotel in Prague.
We left Bled this morning, returned the rental car and had lunch in Ljubljana, then boarded the train for Rijeka, Croatia. Trains are not a major source of transportation in Croatia, so we are basically here just to get a rental car and keep moving. But, we are enjoying the night in one last “nice hotel”…a Four Star Best Western RIGHT on the Adriatic Sea. When I say right on it, I mean only a concrete slab/sidewalk/stairs between the door & the water.
We did get another couple of surprise stamps in our passports today. All of the countries we’ve visited are a part of the European Union (EU). So, once we entered the EU in Amsterdam, we haven’t had to show passports or go through border stations since. Except that Croatia isn’t a part of the Schengen Agreement, which is what allows the “open borders.” So, the Slovene Border Patrol stamped us out & 15 minutes later the Croatian Border Patrol stamped us in. At least it’s more stamps in the passport!
Speaking of stamps, I (Bonnie) really don’t understand why sometimes you get a stamp and sometimes you don’t, even when going through Passport Control. We did not get a stamp two years ago when entering Italy but we did get one when we returned to the U.S. Four years ago when we went sailing in the British Virgin Islands, we got a stamp entering there, but not entering back into the U.S. It really just doesn’t seem consistent. Oh well.
So, this afternoon Grant enjoyed a dip in the Adriatic; I (Bonnie) just stuck my feet in – I really don’t like swimming in lakes or oceans and the water was pretty chilly! But, it has been nice to be right on the water. Listening to the waves never gets old!
Tomorrow, we really start exploring Croatia. For now, walking through this city, we understand why it is not listed in the guidebook. It is pretty in the big picture sense of a town on a mountain over the water. But the up close & personal views have been fairly dirty & yucky. Looking forward to the rest of the country though!