Day 15 – The bridge on the Soča River
We drove to Kobarid and stopped in the information center, where we were told how to get to Napoleon bridge and Kozjak Canyon. According to the directions we had to stop in a gas station where we were told we should turn left in the direction of Drežnica and at the next bridge you pass is Napoleon Bridge. We stopped and took some photos and moved on to Kozjak waterfall.
We continued driving near the river on a beautiful road and after a while we reached a spot where construction work was taking place, beyond the construction we had to drive on a narrow road, where only one car can pass at a time. The road was scary and I was worried a car might come in the opposite direction, but all that vehicles that passed us were motorcycles. We drove in the direction of Treviso and from there made our way back to Slovenia.
We continued on the stunning road near the river, admiring along the way, the green color of the river and the spectacular rocks. We arrived at Split, the second biggest city in Croatia and the Capital of Dalmatia. We found a good parking spot in the bay near the old city.
We drove north and crossed the longest concrete bridge in the world – 1,439 meters – and it cost us 30 kn. On the first turn we took a left onto a road that took us to a beautiful lookout on the bridge. We weren’t impressed by the old city of Senj.
We continued on Istria peninsula through Ičići and after 18 km we arrived at a beautiful bird’s-eye view. We drank cappuccino and enjoyed the view, we continued in the direction of Pazin and from there to the beautiful city Rovinj. The city is located on the tongue of the land in a beautiful bay and all of the houses there are colorful.
We continued in the direction of Cetinje and wound up in Budva because of the grey and foggy weather. We quickly realized that we would not be able to see much from the Peak of Lovćen Mountain, while the view from the road down to Budva is extremely beautiful. Instead we drove to Kotor Bay and stopped for lunch in Tivat, where we ate fishe by the shore.
We arrived at Rijeka and circled around the old city, but couldn’t find a single free parking space. With great sorrow we moved on and stopped in a town called Rabac, which looked from above colorful and in the heart of the bay. It was less pretty up close. We continued to Opatija, planning to visit Vila Angelina, which I had seen in a picture in an article I read on a travel site before the trip. Since it was Sunday, we couldn’t find any parking here as well.
Day 5 – A fish meal on the water front
The people in the hotel recommended that we visit two lakes nearby. We searched but couldn’t find them, so we continued to Podgorica and from there to the old capital Cetinje. At some point the road was blocked and we had to take a partly dirt road passing between the villages. When we finally got back to the main road we saw a sign after 2-3 km with the direction to Rijeka Cernovica. We continued in that direction, and we were surprised when we noticed a big lake with a swamp flora. It’s a narrow road on the side of the mountain (at least in the direction we were driving), with an amazing view of the lake.