After beach coffee on the square. My mother said to me: fair play, you are very disciplined about going for a swim first thing in the morning! I enjoy it immensely. It doesn’t make me sweaty, sore or breathless like running would. And I get some me time in this beautiful place ☀️#rijeka#zaljev#holiday#holidayfun @visitrijeka @samovar_bar
The wave reached my beach towel, flooded my tote bag, drenched my clothes, filled my Birkenstocks with pebble and sand. Luckily, I was typing away on my phone so the sea did not claim it 🙂
Took a walk down from the beach to the green market. Crossed the red line which marks where the border between Yugoslavia (Susak) and Italy (Fiume) used to be from 1924-1947. The history of my hometown is full of twists and turns... Saw the scaffolding hugging the facade of the theatre, and said to myself, good, the building is getting a bit of a facelift! ‘What can I get you my beauty?’ the lady at the market stall said as I queued for a donut. She packed two donuts for me. ‘I only need one,’ I said. ‘The other is on the house, treat yourself!’ She said with a broad smile.
As I sipped coffee, an old Gypsy woman stopped at my table. ‘You have two children, a boy and a girl,’ she started, and went on about how I’ll meet a man, become a president of something ... 😂 #rijeka#zaljev#croatiafulloflife#holiday#travel#travelling#travellers
With Theodor de Canziani Jaksic, on a summer’s day long past, discussing the times long past.
He was sweeping the front terrace of the villa he lives in as we walked through the gates.
Hellos were exchanged and he welcomed us into his home. It is not an ordinary home, far from it. Its story starts with my favourite children’s writer, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic. She lived until 1938 and left a legacy of stories every child in Croatia grew up with.
Ivana’s eldest daughter Nada married and subsequently moved to Rijeka with her husband and children. They’ve had a fabulous villa built by the sea, in the neighbourhood of Pecine. Their marriage stretched over five decades, turbulent with both world wars, imprisonments, loss of property and status, and financial difficulties.
The villa today is a lived-in museum. Theodor, who himself is related to the family, is taking care of the library of nearly ten thousand books, in addition to the precious pieces of crockery, jewellery, furniture and paintings.
The living room (and it still IS a LIVING room, although everything in it has been touched by the passage of time) opens up to the terrace overlooking the sea. I could hear the children on the beach nearby. Their laughter and squeaks drowned in the sound of waves and splashes as the sun was setting on another hot summer’s day. #history#rijeka#zaljev#museum#travel#travelgram#epk2020#culture#visitrijeka#rijekacity#amwriting#writersofig#writing#writer#writerscommunity#writersofinsta#instablog#instablogger#amblogging#instawriters#igwriters#igwritersclub#wordporn#instagood#blog#writings#instadaily#travelling#traveller