The winds were
calm enough in the morning for us to take a boat ride along the coast west of
Opatija to Moscenice.The turn of the
century hotels and villas were even more spectacular when seen from the water.
We landed in a
small port below the town of Moscenice,
the oldest settlement in the area.It’s
perched above the harbor on a hill which gives the town a panoramic view of the
Opatija Riviera and the nearby islands.We entered the town thru a small gate into narrow streets (narrow even
by Croatian old town standards) that twisted off up and down the hill.At the church we were met by the priest and
serenaded by local children before being taken to the town mill and given the
ubiquitous grappa.This time I tried a
lemon flavored grappa in hopes it would taste like lemoncello.No such luck, it tasted like pure alcohol
with a slight lemon aftertaste (for whichever taste buds were still
next door had an interesting display of ancient everyday cookware and farm
tools that helped distract me from thinking too much about the grappa.
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