We visited Opatija which isn’t many miles from Louvran. It was the original town in the Istrian Rivera. Our tour guide Avadka told us that Opatija means abbey though I saw no sign of an abbey though we did visit a lovely little church where I lit a candle for friends and family.
Until the 1840s Opatija was a tiny fishing village with 35 houses and a church. The building of the Villa Angiolina which hosted many European aristocrats (including the Austrian queen Maria Anna, wife of emperor Ferdinand I). This sealed Opatija’s classy reputation. Today Opatija remains a resort that's very popular with German and Austrian seniors.
We walked around Opatija when I took the following photos of the villas and along the seafront.
Our last stop was at a chocolatier where they gave us some beautiful handmade chocolate of a disc of dark chocolate. This was topped by a white chocolate cup containing a champagne truffle and a milk chocolate spoon. Some extra milk chocolate was also available. Then a white and milk chocolate fountain was switched on for us. I have added a few more pictures.
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