Saturday, July 2, 2016

Rovinj, Croatia

What a beautiful hike we had yesterday! Plitvice National Park was glorious!  I have never seen so many spectacular waterfalls!  I took so many photos that my new camera battery went dead by evening. (I dropped my camera in Auschwitz so we had to buy a new one in Krak√≥w which has only caused a few hiccups--like only having one battery, the instructions written in Polish, etc,--in my attempts to capture the fun, beauty, and excitement of our trip.  The new camera is a newer model in the Canon G Series than the one I had so operating it is very similar.)

After hiking almost 6 miles in the park yesterday morning, we had a 5 hour bus ride to Rovinj--a beautiful little town on the Adriatic Sea.  Our hotel is actually a resort--Katrina Hotel on its own island about a 5 minute boat ride from the town.  Because we got to the island after 6:00 we decided to wait till today to explore the town so instead we had a wonderful buffet dinner, watched a beautiful evening sunset, and then explored the island. The hotel has a spectacular pool which is connected under bridges and because the terrain is a little higher has the appearance of joining the sea even though it is several hundred feet from the shore.

The pool went under two walkways like this.  It was so large that I couldn't get a photo of the entire pool.

Our rooms in the hotel are very spacious.  Each one is actually 2 rooms with a bath. One room has bunk beds and a desk; the other has a small sofa and a king bed. We also have a balcony overlooking the courtyard and farther out to the sea.  I could certainly stay here awhile, but we will be leaving for another beautiful destination-our last--Lake Bled in Slovenia tomorrow.  Meanwhile we have lots of places to explore and new experiences to be had today.  I'm ready!

Venetian looking streets of Roving, Croatia

View from the bell tower in Rovinj.  Our hotel is on the island.

Our hotel

I have been wearing my pedometer every day. So far we have walked 85.41 miles by taking 193,749 steps!  Amazing, isn't it?  With three days of exploring to go it looks as if we will easily pass 100 miles!

I wish I could figure out how to add photos on this iPad but there doesn't seem to be enough time. Maybe when I get home I will add them with my computer so if you are interested in seeing some of the places I've mentioned check back next week.