Croatia – Zagreb and Njivice, 21 – 27 May 2018

Trieste, Italy to Zagreb, Croatia through Slovenia via Rijeka. It is important to remember that Slovenia is part of the EU and the Schengen area but while Croatia is part of the EU it is not part of the Schengen area. Therefore you must get stamp showing you have exited Slovenia (Schengen area) and another stamp showing you have entered Croatia.  By default the immigration officers at road border crossings leaving the Schengen area do not do this, they just wave you through and only the country your are entering stamps your passport. So you have to ask for both of the stamps. This is to avoid being held up at the airport by mentally deficient immigration officials when flying out of the Schengen area. They can not grasp the fact that if you have a stamp showing that you have entered one country, it means that you have left the other and its happened to me twice both times at Schiphol airport.

Fine and cloudy weather, cold through the mountains which rise to 800m on the road to Zagreb and the numerous roadworks holding everyone up. I travelled the back roads up to Rijeka and then onto the freeway to Zagreb, 6 euro in tolls for a motorcycle.

Zagreb Zagreb has changed considerably in the intervening 5 years since I last visited, the centre of the city and the tourist areas have been renovated and look very nice now. Once again I am visiting a friend.

From Zagreb we drove to Njivice on the island of Krk for a couple of days. A small town which idles away the off season months and wakes up for the tourist season.


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