In friday afternoon, December 4th, my cousins and me sat in a car and headed further south toward Rijeka, their hometown. The rest of my holidays I was going to spend with other part of my family.
In past, there was only one, main road from Zagreb to Rijeka, it has only two lanes for both directions and it was a bit tricky to drive there during snowy winters. It goes over the mountainous area, Gorski Kotar and it was not unusual that parts of that road were closed for traffic because of snow, during strong winters. Fortunately, more than ten years ago, Croatian government decided to make investments in improving roads in country and now there is a modern highway (sort of, depending of what you consider modern) that shortens the driving time to something more than hour. Well, in case that weather conditions are fair. We weren't that lucky…

On the other hand we were happy because, after long time of raining weather finaly started to change into winter – even though we needed about 3 hours to reach our destination :insane: Frankly, we turned off the highway at one point and decided it would be more fun to drive somewhere with less traffic and enjoy snow – we even stopped two times for snowballing and photographing πŸ˜†
Anyway, the other day was clear and cold, a perfect for walking over town and photographing :happy: Rijeka is the biggest coastal town in Croatia. Placed in north part of Adriatic sea, in shores of Kvarner gulf, it is a biggest port in Croatia, too. Kvarner gulf is known for its depth (over 100m – 330ft mostly) so it gives a port of Rijeka opportunity to handle the biggest ships – tankers, for instance (there is a big oil terminal in island Krk).

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Rijeka (Italian "Fiume") has gotten its name after a short river that enters Adriatic sea in a center of town. River is called Rijecina, meaning "Big River" and is only 19km long (12 miles). In a hill near the center of city there was an old Roman settlement and fort, Tarsatica, built in 180. B.C. after Romans defeated Ilirian pirates. It was destroyed in 8th century after Franks defeated Croats. After that, a name was changed to Tersat and later to Trsat.

From 15th to beginning of 20th century (1918. to be precise) a town and surrounding area was mostly in posession of Habsburgs. After World War One, it existed for a short time as Free State of Fiume but in 1921. Italian fascists made an "coup d'Γ©tat" and a town was divided between Italy and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovene (later Kingdom of Yugoslavia), with river Rijecina as a border. After World War Two, it was a part of former socialist Yugoslavia. When Croatia separated from Yugoslavia in 1991. it became one of the main Croatian cities.

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Rijeka is a nice town. I used to think that, if I had to choose another town to live in, Rijeka would be probably among few to be chosen from. Even though it could be crowded during summer, especially when Italian tourists start to occupy northern Croatian coast, I like the overall feeling of being there. People are mostly friendly, there is a lack of certain "stiffness" toward foreigners that could be felt among people in Belgrade and Zagreb sometimes. Also, I like to say that Adriatic sea is the most beautiful sea in the world πŸ˜› I have been in Greece two times, I have seen Japanese part of Pacific, too. But the scent and blue-green colour is something I have never seen anywhere. I guess Maldives are like paradise, few more parts of the world too, but… πŸ˜›

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63 Responses to Rijeka

  1. Spaggyj says:

    Now you've put weird images in my head :left: . You licked your finger? I hope this sea is clean! :eyes:

  2. gdare says:

    It is there. This is in Kostrena, suburb of Rijeka and this part is called Zurkovo. During summer, it is popular beach and usually you can`t find a place to put a towel, it is very crowded. If this is good during summer, it must be even better during winter :up:

  3. Spaggyj says:

    Well, I was going to comment about the history lesson, but I'm afraid that last photo has stolen my words. It's a really beautiful shot, Darko.

  4. rose-marie says:

    Oooh, nice snaps!Love the fort! Do you know if it's open for visitors?Oh, I heard it's been 22 degrees in Belgrade today! :eyes:

  5. thetomster says:

    :up: you're a born traveler, Darko … love the history part … and your photos are :up: like always πŸ˜€

  6. gdare says:

    Kimmie, this photo represents what I like the most with Adriatic sea. When I was there I just wanted to take all of my clothes and jump in. Well, it was about 15C and windy so I obviously didn`t πŸ˜† Instead I put a hand in water and then licked my finger :PRose, the fort is open everyday, there is a cafe there, gift shop and a museum. I didn`t have a time to go to museum (it is very small, anyway) but I sat there and drank a cup of coffee, a big "caffΓ¨ macchiato" :DOriginally posted by rose-marie:

    Oh, I heard it's been 22 degrees in Belgrade today!

    Who told you that secret? :irked:

  7. gdare says:

    Dirk, thank you. Glad you liked photos :happy:

  8. L2D2 says:

    Wonderful photos, Dare. The town has a very interesting layout as shown in that second photo. It has several tiers and looks like a cul de sac against that hillside on bottom right.Love all the little nooks and crannies, like the stairway. And the beach scene is lovely.

  9. Spaggyj says:

    I still don't know how you could lick from water that people go in every day :p

  10. rose-marie says:

    πŸ˜† Why did you lick your finger?Oh, I didn't know the Belgrade temperature was a secret… :p

  11. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. πŸ˜€

  12. L2D2 says:

    And salt kills—some—-germs.

  13. gdare says:

    Yes πŸ˜€

  14. Spaggyj says:

    I know all that, but… Still. I wouldn't taste it voluntarily πŸ˜†

  15. gdare says:

    Linda, thanks, glad you liked them. I made about 200 photos of Rijeka only :faint:Rose, I wanted to taste it, obviously. When I was a kid I use to accidentaly swallow a gulp or two, ended up coughing like hell :yuck: Also, I remember when I was laying on a beach, enjoying hot summer sun, licking my lips with drops of sea on them… I wanted to taste it again… :PWe are keeping it secret because we want to give an impression to the outside world we have a snow and cold days, while it is opposite; we have eternal spring/summer here :PNow we have a traitor among us :left: :right: :irked:Kimmie, there was no one swimming there for at least two months, probably more. And sea is not a pond, it is moving constantly πŸ˜›

  16. gdare says:

    Thanks Carol πŸ˜€

  17. Dacotah says:

    Great post Darko. πŸ™‚

  18. gdare says:

    Kimmie :lol:Carol :DAdele, thanks. I like to go to some old part or castle and think that I am standing at the exact place where some famous person from past stood; or try to imagine what a soldier guard thought while he was spending time watching out in the distance, 200 or 300 years ago; I like to think of history that way too :DI like water in general and I prefer sea over river/lake. It has a more strength and power inside 😎

  19. SittingFox says:

    What a beautiful old town! I can see why you like history so much – you obviously spent a lot of time surrounded by it when you were growing up :)I like the colour of the Pacific off British Columbia :right: But most seas have some mystery or beauty or terror attached to them. They're every bit as unique as different areas of solid land.

  20. Furie says:

    You're the last of 47 on my watch list and I was all commented out twelve ago. I will say Merry Christmas though. :D.*goes to soak thumb in warm, salty water*

  21. Stardancer says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tour, Darko.:up:

  22. Dacotah says:

    Hi Darko πŸ˜€

  23. gdare says:

    Mik, thanks and Merry Christmas :DStar, it was my pleasure :)Carol πŸ˜€

  24. Dacotah says:


  25. gdare says:

    I feel fine, thanks πŸ™‚

  26. Dacotah says:

    How are you? Hope you had a Merry Christmas. πŸ™‚

  27. AnitaMargita says:

    Another history lesson! :up: I'd like to ask you something: this last photo is really nice and I'd like to set it as wallpaper. May I copy it? πŸ™‚

  28. gdare says:

    Ana, send me your e-mail and I will send you a photo in better resolution :up:

  29. gdare says:

    I think there are cheap flights to Rijeka or Pula, so maybe Kimmie and you could afford yourself a nice vacation one day :up:

  30. Furie says:

    Just gotta say that this photo from your linked album is absolutely beautiful.I'd love to have a look around that old fort some time. Hate that so much history has been destroyed in wars.

  31. PainterWoman says:

    Love your photo narratives Darko! Another beautiful place. Its no wonder this city would be one you would choose from in which to live. Would love to be able to see water that color so close. Only got to see glimpses of the Mediterranean from a distance when riding on the train. Mostly the train was going through tunnels but every once in a while, I'd see a fantastic view of a small village by the sea. I kept thinking, I want to go there and paint.

  32. gdare says:

    Pam, thank you. If you ever got a chance to come to Adriatic sea, don`t miss opportunity to visit islands – Hvar, Brac, Vis, Pag… You would find a lot of beautiful landscapes or objects to paint :yes:

  33. tatora says:

    so beautiful , I like to be there and take a breath in shinny weather …. :happy: lucky you Darko πŸ™‚

  34. gdare says:

    Nasim, what is the weather like in Tabriz now?Mit, errr…. the water was very cold, I don`t think you would enjoy THAT much πŸ˜†

  35. thaodp says:

    Want to walk there, feel the water on my feet :)This's an fantastic town, Darko.

  36. thaodp says:

    but the color of it is so atractive :awww:

  37. gdare says:

    Yes, it is. One of the reasons I like Adriatic sea, as I mentioned somewhere above πŸ˜€ But it is winter now and water is very cold.

  38. thaodp says:

    So I should stay with my warm blanket and dream of it πŸ˜€ :zzz:

  39. AnitaMargita says:

    I did it, set it as wallpaper. :up: It is so nice. :happy:

  40. Words says:

    Beautiful photos!

  41. studio41 says:

    gorgeous GORGEOUS did I say gorgeous?! photos Darko- – happy new year to you!

  42. gdare says:

    Ana, I am glad you liked it :up:Words, thanks :happy:Jill, thank you very much and I wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new 2010!!!

  43. Zulia says:

    THE PICTURES ARE SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!i want to write more but I dont hve much time….I miss reading your blog!!!! its wonderful!!!see ya Darko!!!!! take care!!! HAAPY NEW YEAR AND MAY NEXT YEAR GIVES YOU MORE HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND JOY!!!!!!!

  44. gdare says:

    Zulia, take your time and you will find what you want to write about and also have a time to use for it.I wish you and your family a Happy New 2010 too :yes: :hat: :cheers:

  45. MirabelaTM says:

    Darko πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed reading your post. I like the 4th photo the most 5 ⭐

  46. gdare says:

    Thank you, Mira πŸ™‚

  47. clean says:

    I always learn so much reading your posts – both about history and modern times. I'm not even going to comment on the photos; you already know they're good. :up:

  48. gdare says:

    Thank you David, I am trying to make them interesting for a wide variety of visitors πŸ™‚

  49. tatora says:

    oh, I'm so late for answer but unfortunately this year we haven't snow yet , it's to bad for our because our climate change and it's not good for farms … also I miss the snow too … I must do something :wizard: πŸ˜€

  50. gdare says:

    Do something :yes: Just be careful not to overdo :insane:

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