On to the Slovenian Coast
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After lunch, bikes were put up on the trailer for the final time, biking gear was put away and it was into the vans for the 2-3 hour trip to Piran. I watched the land and architecture continue to change from the mountains to the lower hills and to the coastal regions where a decidely Italian influence could be seen on the roads into Piran. Klara drove us into Tartini Trg (Square) where our hotel (Hotel Tartini) was located and we retrieved our luggage (can you tell that this Tartini was a pretty popular guy in Piran). The cheaper parking was further outside the central area and Klara and Renata would be staying at a location outside the central square.
After getting cleaned up Steve and I went out for a venture through town. Wandered through the tight streets and alleys from the square and then popped out onto the coast. Piran was a walking town, cars could come in no further than the square and the "roads" that we were walking along were mainly 6-10 ft wide or so. Market vendors looked like they were closing up for the afternoon, but the restaurants and ice cream stands along the Adriatic were just getting busy and Steve and I decided to partake of some ice cream. Walking back towards the hotel we ran across the rest of the group enjoying some pre-dinner appetizers at a different spot and stopped and chatted briefly.
That surprise would be a Dalmatian fish picnic out on the Adriatic. Klara and Renata escorted us to our boat, where for the next 2 hours or so we would get a chance to see the Slovenian coast from the sea and enjoy a fine dinner of mussels, calamari, and fish. And that's not to forget the shot of grape Schnapp's to start our voyage and the free flowing wine for our last evening as a group together. The ocean breezes were comfortable and standing up along the bow of the boat to watch the coast slide along beside us really was a great way to spend the evening with this great group of people I had come to know.
All too quickly the "cruise" ended as we returned to the harbor.