Aesthetics – Opatija facade

September 2019 feels like a century ago. The mechanisms of how our memory functions has always been quite a mysterious fascination and I am curious about how everyone is reviewing their lives this time last year. Back then, I had no idea what was in store for us in six months. For us it, it was the last month that we could capture a stunning summer from Europe’s Balkan coasts and arriving in Opatija on a very memorable birthday felt like the beginning of an incredible memory. The weeks before were spent eating gloriously fresh seafood by turquoise Adriatic waters, swimming in caves, photographing dolphins in the wild and sailing, and we saw in Opatija a moment of cool respite in a more upmarket setting. It was so different to Rovinj and Pula – both sensual throwbacks to Roman and Venetian glory days. Here in Opatija it was back to the Austro-Hungary touches that we first saw in Zagreb, but somehow made more flamboyant and luxurious given its seaside ambience. We didn’t stay long enough to know it, but the little we saw, we cherished.

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4 thoughts on “Aesthetics – Opatija facade

  1. Hello lovely! Ah this was just gorgeous to read and take in, my friend!! I honestly felt like being there with you, and it sounds like an absolutely perfect holiday that you were blessed to experience:) Swimming in caves, photographing wild dolphins…sigh, I love it! Keep these gorgeous posts coming!! Love them, beautiful friend!! I haven´t been to the Balkan region yet, so this was an absolute treat and marvelous discovery:) Ah, and so interesting that we both share an interest in how the memory works! I did one of my major exams at Uni (Cultural Studies) on memory and how it works, super fascinating stuff. Sending you big hugs and much love! Have a great start to your week gorgeous ❤️🤗❤️🤗

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    1. Amazing that you studied about memory.. how I wish to know more! I always find the concepts relating to encoding, retaining and storing after a long time incredible. Like why do we remember somethings so vividly especially when randomly triggered….. oh you would love this part of the world, full of nature, ancient architecture and incredible translucent waters! And we never even got to the south of Croatia, just the Istrian riviera in the northwest… I’ll never forget it, and so glad we did it before 2020’s ‘plague’ began…when this is all over, we all probably need six months off to travel again 🤣 If you want to see some visuals of the dolphin trip we took its here https://thehigherself.blog/2019/10/22/travel-anecdotes-dolphins-in-the-adriatic/ if you go to Rovinj I really recommend this company because its run by a marine biologist and expert who are eco friendly and respectful of these gorgeous creatures… they have strict rules about observation (not too close, not in a place with other boats) and they give you such an amazing education of the animals, including the specific ones who live in those parts of the sea. So you get a flavour of the dolphin’s true lives. Sorry for going on about this because we saw alot of 15 Euro dolphin operators who were just… exploiting the tourists and the dolphins by not respecting their space… anyway thank you so much my beauty for dropping by…. hope you’re having a delightful week too 💕💕💕💕

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