Sunday 29 June 2014

Where am I again?

Phew! We've arrived. It's been quite a big day and a half!

It started at 4am, Saturday - we woke and drove to Abu Dhabi (about an hour away from Dubai) for our flight to Belgrade, Serbia. Darbs manage to knock over a whole shelf of products in the Abu Dhabi Duty Free which wasn't the best start to the day. We flew Air Serbia and I have to say I was a little concerned. It was a dirt cheap flight (about half of every other airline) and the reviews online weren't particularly good, in fact a lot of them were downright bad. So, I was pleasantly surprised our flight was so good - the best airline stewardesses I've come across, friendly and nothing was too much bother. The food was good and the plane was comfortable. The only downside was no inflight entertainment, I was a bit fearful when I stepped on the plane and noticed there wasn't a single screen. The kids were fine though and the five-hour flight was fairly painless.

We arrived in Belgrade to more friendly people and were off on the road to Zagred in our hire car in no time at all. The greenery! After two years in the desert, I forget sometimes that nature can be so green! After four hours on the road and our middle girl getting sicker by the moment we arrived in Zagreb. We easily found our cosy little apartment in the centre of town. I suddenly realised that we'd ticked off four cities in three countries. (Waking in Dubai, flying out of Abu Dhabi in Belgrade and climbing into bed in Zagreb, Croatia).

By morning we had not one, but two sick girls. Sadly we had to cancel our planned lunch in Llubjana (Slovenia - another country ticked off) with my brother and his family and head straight for the seaside town of Piran. This tiny seaside town is just magic. Tiny roads, old buildings all around a small harbour. The perfect stop to spend a couple of days - wandering around the old streets, eating seafood, drinking wine and beer. Hopefully the girls are feeling better.

Right now, I'm relaxing with a drink and watching this view while the girls sleep off their illness. Could be a lot worse.

Happy holidays!

Venice is off there in the distance, somewhere. 

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