Wednesday, September 20, 2006

On the Seacoast - Piran

The drive to Piran was quick, maybe an hour. It was mostly divided highway. After WWII the Allies gave parts of Slovenia to Italy. Look at a map and check out where Trieste is. It doesn't make any sense. It was some kind of payoff. Then look at how much coast Slovenia got and how much Croatia got. Slovenia got 29 km of coast. Croatia got maybe a couple thousand. There are just a few cities along the Slovenian Adriatic. Piran is generally thought to be the nicest town. We agree. It is a little peninsula with old buildings and only three hotels. It seems to be the place where the older set goes. It is fairly quiet for a seaside resort town. We were surprised at the number of locals. Most people you see are locals. Lots of kids and lots of mothers with babies, usually in pairs. Nobody rushes much. They do allow cars. Apparently they tried to ban them in the city center but were overruled somewhere in the Slovenian government. Still the cars are unfortunate but not all that bad. We drove into the hotel and dropped off our stuff and the city had a parking around about a km out of the center with a free shuttle but the walk is easy. The hotel covers the parking. One hotel (Hotel Piran) had ocean views and the other (Hotel Tartini) has views of the square. We are there. The square has a lot more life but is a little noisy. The shutters and window shut out most of it but then the room is a bit stuffy. But we like the hotel a lot. The square is full of kids and people all day. One day a groups of four girls was singing songs a capella in a group. Kids roller skate and play with balls.

There are not a lot of tourists. I guess it is the end of the season. We walk around the city and things are not crowded. The restaurants and cafes by the ocean are about 1/10 full most of the time. I guess it is different in July and August. It is a very relaxing city to be in. We were going to stay two days but added a third day.

Piran is a picture-perfect little seacoast town. It is built on a peninsula and the land rises to cliffs and hills right around it. It is an old town with lots of very narrow "streets" which only accomodate foot traffic and are paved with large flat stones. It has a market every day, we love markets. We spent a lot of the time just walking around the town. A lot of people did the same thing.

For various reasons we have only stayed two days at each place so far. The third day here in Piran is the first, 2 in Salzburg, 2 in Bled, 2 at the farm, and from here 2 in inland Istria, 2 in Plitvice and then 1 in Ljubljana. It has been what we want but it adds a lot of overhead to the trip. We find we spend a lot of time called and planning where to go next. But then handling the details is kind of fun too. You talk to the people and find out how the system works. It is hard to say exactly what you want out of travel. At this stage in life I don't really care exactly what I see, that is, I don't have to see the "best" thing and if I miss something I don't worry about it. I just noticed we haven't seen a a single church this trip. Churches used to be the mainstay of my European visits. This time they don't seem interesting. Of course, they don't have the major cathedrals here and we might see one in Ljubljana. We like interacting with the local people and the people here in Piran especially are very nice and friendly. The hotel staff here is one of the nicest we have seen. Wynette did notice that we will spend 1 night in Germany, 2 nights in Austria, four nights in Croatia and 8 nights in Slovenia. A binary vacation.

We have been eating a lot of seafood now that we are by the sea. All the restaurants have about the same menu. We have had fruit of the sea risotto twice and have had a lot of grilled fish. All very good. At the end of the meals in Piran they bring you a sherry and a schnapps, lunch and dinner. We like the sherry and the schnapps a little. We tried to order Teran wine here tonight but they did not have it, they had everything else on the wine list.


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