Walking the walk, and smoking other people’s cigarettes.

Opatija Travel Blog

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Ain't no sunshine...
Opatija is a long, narrow city, snaked out along the coast of the Adriaic Sea. It is fronted by a stone promenade, which my guidebook says extends 12 km total. While here, you must walk this walk, mainly because there's not very much else to do. So Steve and I walked the section that lies north of us (which is far less than 12km), ending up at a small fishing village at the end. Then we turned around and came back.

It was a cloudy day, which reflected on the water and made it look uninviting. Like ink. The absence of sun did not deter Opatija’s holiday makers… all people, young and old, covered Opatija’s “beaches” (ugly concrete slabs near the water), hopeful for the sun that was to come later in the afternoon. We observed that this town is very popular with super-tan senior citizens and families with screaming young children.
That's me, promenading (a.k.a. walking the walk.)


Because we were walking through busy areas on a narrow path, we frequently had the opportunity to breath other people’s cigarette smoke as they walked by us, puffing away. Wonderful. Hear me rant for just one second: HOLY CRAP, WHAT IS WITH ALL THE SMOKING?!! Even outside on a “nature path,” it is impossible to escape. The restaurants do not offer designated non-smoking areas. When we picked up our car, the rental agents were all smoking like crazy in their booths at the airport. It’s like we’ve time traveled to the 1970s. Have they heard about lung cancer? Can I have one breath of fresh, unpolluted air here, please?! Can I have one meal out without being engulfed in second hand smoke!? Gheez.

OK, done ranting, back to our day. After our long walk, we spent a lot of time doing nothing back in the room.
Waiting, waiting, waiting for the sun.
I read about the Olympic results on line, since the TV station EuroSport is broadcast in two languages here. I mean two languages simultaneously… it’s impossible to hear either voice with them talking all over each other! Steve worked on his new hobby, knot tying. Yeah, I know. We are very exciting people.

We finally headed out in the evening, to the city of Rijeka. Our goal was to go to the shopping mall there…maybe we can get some good deals. Although Steve has nearly none of the clothes he left home with, I have almost ALL the same clothes and I am sick to death of them.

The mall was kind of a bust. Number One: they allow smoking in the mall, of course. Although it’s in designated areas, there’s a designated area every two feet or so, and as I mentioned, everyone smokes, so you just can’t escape it. It was awful. Number Two: we got there at 8:15pm, and they closed at 9pm. Not enough time to do much of anything. We looked around in some stores quickly, then we went to the grocery store for supplies, then drove home and just had a picnic dinner on our balcony. (There was no smoke there, BTW. :^)

LuckyMonkey says:
yeah smoking bad, eek. good luck. carry air freshner?
Posted on: Aug 17, 2008
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Aint no sunshine...
Ain't no sunshine...
Thats me, promenading (a.k.a. wal…
That's me, promenading (a.k.a. wa…
Waiting, waiting, waiting for the …
Waiting, waiting, waiting for the…
A ladys purse just sitting out un…
A lady's purse just sitting out u…
The stone promenade in Opatija.
The stone promenade in Opatija.
Designated swimming areas are foun…
Designated swimming areas are fou…
The Adriatic looks dark and cold t…
The Adriatic looks dark and cold …
Steves new hobby. Knots.
Steve's new hobby. Knots.
Another section of the promenade.
Another section of the promenade.
Is that blue sky I see?!
Is that blue sky I see?!
Opatija
photo by: cmgervais