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Report 2033: Alpine Journey 2012

By SL Jones from Illinois USA, Fall 2012

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Page 7 of 10: Piran, Slovenia

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Piran

Slovenia has 47 km of coastline on the Adriatic, south of Trieste. We were unable to go to Rovinj as originally planned (our car insurance excluded Croatia), so we substituted Piran for a taste of coastline and blue sea. Piran was great. It was not crowded, it was very scenic, and it had a very attractive town square. We had based our lodging decision on parking. Villa Mia Chanel had parking on site, a view of the sea, and was an easy walk to the center. We arrived and were greeted by very friendly hosts. We had a small apartment that was contemporary, attractive and well equipped, for three nights. (See my review)

It was a quick drive from our spot in Friuli to Piran. Negotiating with a map through Trieste, we missed our exit and ended up in Trieste. That's not a good thing if you have no clue. Someone kind at a gas station got us back on track to enter Slovenia. I figured out what happened as we traveled the expressway through the southern part of Trieste. I was watching for a sign to Koper and it was "Capodistria" on the sign - that's the Italian equivalent. I should have known that, but it tricked me.

One of the first things I did in Piran was to break my toe. I "stubbed" it clumsily, just walking barefoot around our nice room. Thereafter, strolling around Piran became a lot less fun. The internet told me that I didn't necessarily need medical help, but that I should "buddy wrap" it and stay off of it. Staying off of it was impossible, of course. And it certainly limited my shoe choices. I tried to spend a lot of time in the room, so I'm glad we had a pleasant one! The weather turned gray and very blustery, with choppy waves slapping at the seaside walks. Again, this place could have been just wonderful. Our only disappointment with Piran was the food, which was OK, but didn't live up to my vision of mounds of memorably great seafood. In the summer, I think it would be divine, though of course crowded, and swimming would have been very doable. The usual conundrum - warm sunny weather would be best, but then you get the unpleasant crowds.

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