154 – Monday 21st Sept 2015: Dodgy Drive to the Coast by K
We rarely have rubbish driving days but this was one of them. We ended up doing a few U turns, resetting Sally the Sat Nav several times and had to scramble up a cobbled and narrow street – just made it! All we were trying to do was to hug the Slovine coast down towards Piran … not much to ask, surely? The positives: slight detour into Italy so free texts and a call to K’s mother (interspersed with traffic and direction discussions!) and some lovely views of the azure sea … eventually!
Drove through the Slovine coastal towns. Kopper is the largest and is a massive port – my 2001 guide book says it is also used largely by Austria. So many fields of news cars.
We arrived at a campsite just south of Piran .. pretty rubbish online reviews, but there are not many around. Facilities near us are dirty but is is quiet and it has a washing machine …. so in went the LOT: bed linen, towels etc. And the wind warmly blew so all dry by morning 🙂
We needed some more cash, so cycled into the Portoroz to find the TIC, and ATM and an ice cream … in that order!
155 – Tuesday 22nd Sept: Bike to Piran and a Magic Moment by J
AM – K ran and J obfuscated (kind of confused alternative skating) – then brekkie and cycling to Pirano (Italiano). Lady in Tourist office said nothing happening in town today….. We walked to see churches and the old town walls, stopped for a glass of vino blanco and back to the town square.
There was a performance of dance and singing by local children – and traditional dancing and singing by a local adult troupe – a honey and food festival – nothing happening in town today??? Magic moments – Pere Como, Amelia?
Bicycled back relaxedly – I almost got lost I was so relaxed….. Drinkies with Lyn and Ian whom we had met at Idrjia – they also have a Bessacarr motorhome: we are not anal – we just belong to a secret society of anal motorhomers….(AM’s !).
156 – Wednesday 23rd Sept: Bike to Salt Flats and Jobs by J
Our dawn arrived at about 9:00 am and we persuaded each other to run! I had only done a slow run since my leg wound… I dragged my poor leg around 5 km in a half reasonable time – K was also quick…. but later a calf muscle twinge for me (an old friend or enemy). Bicycles dragged out and set sail (or salt) for the local sultans, some 4 km away… Very disappointing – poor information and signage, very untypical for our Slovenia experience…. Hey – who’s perfect ?
Wind driven trip back to van – storm clouds gathering – house work, admin, bike repairs, emails – then the storm struck: tropical rain and thunderstorm! We were rescued by Lyn and Ian – drinkies at 5:30 pm (!) Nice people – like minded – Chardonnay at 7:00 and haute cuisine by K as always…. Now blogging – how’s that for being up to date, people… Tomorrow – to Italia – and some Dolomites, Cortina – especially the Mk 1 1963… nice car….. one went a courting in such a vehicle 100 years ago…
POSTSCRIPT – by K
We have spent just over a month in Slovenia and still feel we have missed things out …. we will definitely be back. Aged Ps – I have kept a lot of tourist info for you ….
We loved it here so much, James has the T shirt to prove it!