On to the Slovenian Coast

Piran Travel Blog

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Tartini Square (OK its a circle) in Piran. (picture taken from our hotel room).

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.

Walking on the streets of Piran
  They promised a surprise for the evening before departing, although anyone who had read the trip brochure materials might guess what it was.

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.

Along the coast of Piran.
  Eventually we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our "surprise".

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.

The north side of Piran showing the remnants of old town walls from the 1500s and the main church in town.
  But the evening was still young and so everyone went wandering down the shore to the ice cream shop that Steve and I had visited earlier.  Shared some ice cream with Klara, broke a chair (it was Renata's fault), talked, and laughed with friends.  Started back towards the hotel when C.C. got the crazy idea to go swimming in the Adriatic.  A few others decided to join him, but this time I was not one of them.  All too quickly the evening was drawing to a close though.  Eventually it was time to call it another evening, our last of the trip.  Easily said that Piran was a fantastic town in which to finish the tour.  Its kind of an unknown town in comparison to the popular Venice on the other side of the Adriatic or more well known European tourist locales like Dubrovnik or Split down in Croatia.  And although I've never been to the last two towns (but would like to someday), Piran would be a great place to spend a quiet day or two of rest and relaxation away from the tourist throngs.

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Tartini Square (OK its a circle) i…
Tartini Square (OK its a circle) …
Walking on the streets of Piran
Walking on the streets of Piran
Along the coast of Piran.
Along the coast of Piran.
The north side of Piran showing th…
The north side of Piran showing t…
Heading to our boat for dinner.
Heading to our boat for dinner.
The Piran peninsula from the sea. …
The Piran peninsula from the sea.…
Hotel Tartini in Piran.  The open …
Hotel Tartini in Piran. The open…
A couple of local kids (I think). …
A couple of local kids (I think).…
More Italian/Venetian type archite…
More Italian/Venetian type archit…
Looking out from under an archway …
Looking out from under an archway…
Sailboats on the Adriatic.
Sailboats on the Adriatic.
Looking south towards Portoroz and…
Looking south towards Portoroz an…
A wonderful treat after 9 days and…
A wonderful treat after 9 days an…
A side long view of our hotel from…
A side long view of our hotel fro…
All aboard for our Dalmatian Fish …
All aboard for our Dalmatian Fish…
... a three hour tour, a three hou…
... a three hour tour, a three ho…
Farther north along the coast is t…
Farther north along the coast is …
A closer view of Isola from our bo…
A closer view of Isola from our b…
Piran
photo by: Manu32