Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Koper, Slovenia – Mostly Cloudy - 62F

Distance from Mykonos to Koper, Slovenia: 903 Nautical Miles

20121103 ship position (Small)

Inside Information: Koper is the largest commercial port in Slovenia, which only has about 30 miles of coast line.  Surrounded by Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, the country has adopted many of the cultural qualities of its neighbors.  Slovenian and Italian and the official languages.  Koper faces the Gulf of Trieste and the Adriatic Sea and today has a population of about 50,000 residents.

The ship is docked right in the city of Koper so getting to the city center is simple. 

Welcome to Koper (Small)

Welcome to Koper – Couldn’t Find a Bigger Sign

Reflection Docked Koper (Small)

Reflection Docked In Koper

The city is a combination of old city (medieval) and new city (malls, shops, and restaurants).  While the harbor area is less than attractive a few blocks away lies a new commercial area and a wonderful harbor side park.  There are fountains, statues, and plenty of Slovenians walking and dining.

Statue Near Pier Koper (Small)

Statue near the Pier

We started off in the old section of Koper and found Medieval Squares and a huge Bell Tower (tallest structure in the city).

Medieval Koper (Small)

Church Tower Koper (Small)


20121103 Central Square Koper (Small) 

Central Square – Old City of Koper

 20121103 Super something in Koper (Small)

Something Super in Slovenia

 20121103 statue by outdoor concert venue (Small)

Statue near Outside Concert Venue

20121103 Koper Marina (Small)

20121103 Marina Statue (Small)  20121103 E and Koper Marina (Small)

The Marina at Koper

20121103 Fountain in Marina Park (Small)   

 War Heroes maybe Koper Harbor Park (Small) 

A Neat Fountain and War Heroes at the Marina Park

We are back on the ship for lunch – the weather is mild enough to eat on the back deck.

Although it started getting a big chilly in the afternoon, we did go out on the Port Deck and were entertained by a local band  - they were pretty good. 

Koper Band greets ship (Small)

We bid adieu to our wait staff (Basilio [from India] and Elodie [from France]) at our final dinner in the Opus Dining Room – I hate to admit it but I had my Spaghetti Marinara again and it was, as usual, very good.

We stopped in to see who would be first on at the Farewell Show.  It turned out to be Fred Klett who continued his insight into marriage and cruising.

Following the show, I had a “Meet and Greet” at 8:00 PM at Cellar Masters. Three people showed up and we chatted for about 45 minutes.  It was a tough time considering everyone is packing for tomorrow’s disembarkation.

We are back in the room early and our bags are outside in the hall near our door.  We wanted to walk off but the 6:30 AM walk off time was simply too early. 

Pedometer: 9,012; 4.27 miles; 441 calories

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