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Slovenia - Croatia 12/07: Floating Islands

The sky was blue, with a band of white cloud lying over the mountains like a duvet. We called in at a post office so I could discharge my final postcard obligations, then headed for a coastal route that ran parallel with the long island of Krk.

This stretch was described as 'scenic', and boy was it. Cliffs to the right, while on the left the view dropped away to blue sea and the brown, rugged island across the water. Howard took off and was soon out of sight around the curves, and there was little other traffic, leaving me free to cruise along while drinking in the view.

We stopped in Karlobag for pizza and in Senj, an old fortified town with cannon pointing out to sea, for 'Dalmatian' ice cream - not spotty, but flavoured with almonds, mandarin and lavender, all products of the region. The road climbed higher, past a blue and white striped lighthouse. Howard went ahead again and I didn't see him for so long I became convinced I'd lost my way somewhere, especially when I saw another stripey tower ahead and feared I'd doubled back.

Reunited, we stopped at a Lidl for supplies; our hotel was in the countryside and we weren't sure if they'd feed us, having been caught out that way before. Brands I knew from Lidl back home rubbed shoulders with strange producs like grapefruit shandy, and there were two coin slots in the trolley.

On the way to Porec, I spotted the tiny side road signed for the hamlet of Filipini. Half a kilometre up it we found a sort of chalet in the woods, with customers dining outside (so our fears were unfounded). The landlady welcomed us in a mixture of Croatian, English, German and Italian, and we were permitted to park our bikes in front of the small patio outside our room. The suite also boasted a toilet sanitised for our protection and an ancient, creaky wardrobe, which we locked for fear of vampires.

228 miles

Coast road near Karlobag Dalmatian ice cream
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That ice cream sounds (and looks) lovely.

Shopping carts often have two coin slots here so you can use them with both 1 and 2 EUR coins; unfortunately no inofficial standard has emerged for which to use for shopping carts etc. after the introduction of the Euro. Shopping carts aren't usually a big problem, but lockers taking only one coin of either type are common enough, for instance.

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BTW, what does "hols" stand for, anyway? ("Holidays"?)
These slots were for both a 5 and 2 kuna piece - presumably the 5 alone is too low in value to discourage theft??

Hols is indeed holidays; it's a term most commonly found in stories about boarding-school from about 50 years ago :)
Ah, boarding-school fanfic? ;)

Was it necessary to use both slots to take a cart, or did either suffice?
We just did both, not thinking that one alone might be an option! Valuable research opportunity lost, there!
Is that an ashtray on the table with the ice cream?!
Well spotted! I didn't twig until Howard pointed it out how much more common smoking, and smoking around food, was over there.
Ooo, that ice cream does sound rather good. That's it above? So it's more sorta swirled together, than thoroughly mixed? Mmm, I'd be tempted to go for the almond sections first, but lavender ought to be rather good as well. Probably mandarin too, but I tend not to be huge on fruity ice creams, other than occasionally banana. (And I'll happily make an exception for Haagen-Dazs' strawberry cheesecake variety =:9)

Does sound like an utterly gorgeous section. Did you capture any video along the way? Would be fun to go swooping along the roads there, by proxy. ^_^
Howard has a camera but decided not to bring it, unfortunately - that would have been a good stretch to capture!
That ice-cream does sound fantastic. Must get more flowers into my food, generally. Glad the ruggedness was good - sounds gorgeous.
I can't remember what flavour I had after the Dalmatian was bagsied - I picked it more for colour than contents, though I think there was apple in there.