WELCOME TO KOPER, SLOVENIA
Catherine thank you for your comments.
This suite had a washer/dryer added to it when it was redone. Subsequently it was removed and complimentary laundry provided.
On Crystal Symphony they added two types of suites (not one this large) and on one type of suites (Seabreeze Penthouse Suite) they added a washer/dryer combo.
By late yesterday afternoon we were all settled in our new room. These are some photos.
There was a muster drill for all newly embarking guests at 5:15 PM.
We enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in our room realizing that the bars are closed starting fifteen minutes before and fifteen minutes following the muster drill.
These are the dinner menus from Waterside where we dined last evening.
It was nice to return to Waterside.
We enjoyed three courses.
The menu featured several nice choices. Decisions….Decisions
Anne Marie had Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Keith had Seared Ahi Tuna for our appetizers. We each had a house salad. We chose the Fresh Halibut for our entree. The entree is accompanied by a wonderful sauce below it which enhances the taste of the entree fish.
We thought the entrée and appetizer were both delicious.
Our Sommelier is John. We took a photo with John and with Ricardo. They both live in Colombia.
We have had Ricardo in the past as Sommelier on many cruises in the past. This is the first time we have had John. Head Sommelier Tilmar stopped by the table shortly after we were seated to check on us.
In the third photo, John is on the left and Ricardo on the right.
The first two photos going left to right are the Portabello Mushrooms and the Ahi Tuna Appetizers. The third photo is the Halibut from the Modern Menu.
We had Sommelier John decant half the bottle of the Cabernet.
We slept well as we sailed to our next port of call. Serenity left Venice at 9:00 PM.
Although we are in a new room we began the day as we always do with an early morning workout for Keith at the Fitness Center followed by coffee and breakfast in our room.
Aside from being on a different floor and in a different room we are also on the starboard side (right side of the ship) of the ship. Keith is very used to the port side where I make a right turn out of the room to go to the Fitness Center and when staying in our preferred room making a right hand turn for the laundry room. A couple of years ago when we were on the starboard side for the first few days Keith kept going in the wrong direction. This morning he actually got it right. LOL.
This was our first visit to Koper, Slovenia and to the country of Slovenia. Koper is the fifth largest city of Slovenia. It is located in the Southwestern area of the country.
Koper is bi-lingual as both Italian and Slovene are spoken.
The population of Koper is 25,000 residents.
Praetorian Palace whose current structure dates from the mid-14th century.
Cathedral of Mary's Assumption which is Solvenia's largest cathedral.
Tasso Palace which s the Municipal Museum of History. The museum covers the archaeological history of the coastal areas.
Almerigogna Palace which is considered to be the most beautiful building of Koper.
Bell Tower which rises to a height of 177 feet and provides excellent views of Koper.
Shortly after Serenity was cleared we went ashore. We had to bring our passports for a face-to-face with local authorities when we returned to the ship. As it turned out when we returned to the ship no-one asked to see our Passports.
We walked to the town which was a short walk. The old towns is one level up from where we were docked and we took an elevator to that level. From there we walked the old town. We visited the Pretorian Palace, the Cathedral of Mary & Assumption, the Tacco Palace and the Bell Tower. We walked along side streets where many apartments and homes were located and the Main Street which contained restaurants and stores. The old town is lovely.
We walked back to a Main Street from the old town by walking down steps in lieu of taking the elevator. We then proceeded on the road parallel to the other side where Serenity was docked where we saw several restaurants and the Kotor Hotel. We then crossed the street and came to a marina. From there we walked an outdoor market which had fruit and vegetables. Adjacent to that market was an indoor seafood market with a wide range of seafood. We also saw a couple of different locations selling cheese and a butcher. There was a small grocery store.
As we walked the area we thought about places such as New York City and other major cities on the East Coast of the United States of America when the immigrants arrives from Europe. Some of them worked in small markets, bakeries, and restaurants and some started these businesses.
We walked in some bakeries to smell the bread and desserts.
The weather was perfect. When we began our walk the temperature in Fahrenheit was in the low 50's and by the time we finished walking it rose to 65 degrees. The sun was out.
When we returned back to Serenity we enjoyed lunch at Marketplace. Our friend Barbara who boarded Serenity yesterday joined us mid-way through lunch. After lunch Anne Marie walked and Keith played Paddle Tennis non-stop. Weather was a delight.
As we post this, we are enjoying the rest of the day on Serenity.
This is the daily Reflections program from today.
Anne Marie & Keith