Our member Ms. Binapani Chatterjee travelled extensively with her mother, sister and few other close relatives to different parts of the world. Her sister studied in Germany. She is well aware of the beautiful places of Europe. She suggested to visit Rijeka (pronounced as Riyaka) at Croatia. An inlet of the Adriatic Sea, a low-key destination, less popular with Indian tourists. This only makes it surreal.
It was middle of 2019 Ms. Chatterjee visited Rijeka, the Western Croatian city, by road. Rijeka, major port and industrial, commercial, cultural centre of western Croatia, is located on the Kvarner (a gulf of the Adriatic Sea) and is the country’s major port. Rijeka carries the symbol of water in its name. It literally means River in Croatian language. Driving by the highway from Zagreb, we first climbed high mountains of Julian Alps. Then we took a sharp descent to the plains of Adriatic Sea. Rijeka emerges between the hills where Rjecina river flows into the Adriatic Sea. We have heard about this beautiful European seaside and Rijeka was truly stunning.
They stayed in the 11th floor of a 12 storied hotel where they got the best view of the city and the Adriatic Sea. A walk on Korzo, that runs parallel to the waterfront and gives the opportunity to view the Adriatic Sea, is one of the best things to do in Rijeka. One can soak up Croatian daily life and feel the rhythm and spirit of the city, that will make you love it.
The city's economy largely depends on shipbuilding and maritime transport. They travelled around the city to get the feel of their culture and tradition and more so, it’s scenic beauty. To appreciate Trsat Castle, a thirteenth century Roman Fortress, one of the worth visiting place in Rijeka. One must stand at the crest of the steep hill next to the Rjecina Gorge and have a look in the ancient time architecture. The turquoise blue sky and the spectacular view of Adriatic Sea made it a unforgettable for them.
According to Mrs. Chatterjee - We felt really blessed that we took a pause to discover the charm of this bustling seaside of Croatia.
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