Wednesday, 28 September 2016

AU REVOIR BALKANS-BONJOUR TRIESTE

28th September 2016

(I do like that heading)
Short run to Sistiana in Italy, just past Trieste. Leave Croatia, enter Slovenia and upset the border guards. Leaving Croatia,  nobody in the booth, they don't care who's going. 100 yds later hit the queue to enter Slovenia. ...watch the Croatian hire car in front get turned over for 15 minutes  then it's us and a languid wave through  from a disembodied arm. Now, there r 2 booths, 10ft apart. We've just shown our passports at the first ,been ignored and waved on. So I go. And all hell breaks loose with previously unseen armed heavies suddenly shouting Stop Stop and running around us as if we'd tried to crash the roadblock in Aleppo.  As I'm only doing 3 mph stopping is not a problem but we are subjected to a tirade about 2 stops and our passports are taken for an in depth investigation and only grudgingly returned when we don't appear on the terrorist database. Being a pragmatist I aplogise profusely  and fail to call them wankers and jobsworths or question why they require 2 booths and ask what the 2nd booth does that the first one didn't. We smile and are waved through.
Note. The motorway out of Croatia is listed as non toll. It now has a toll station at the border wanting 15 kuna in cash ......Luckily when I changed all our kuna into euros yesterday I was left with 100, which we used for a drink as we watched the sunset in town and I had 30 left. So 16 miles of Slovenia then we join the Italian motorway at Trieste (I do think that heading is funny) and leave it at Sistiana where there is a campsite we stopped at with P&M on our way to Croatia.  Nice site on the cliffs above the Adriatic with views down the Croatian coastline forever.  Nice walk along the cliffs and the GF rewards herself at the bar with a glass of Prosecco and then buys 3 bottles in the shop....but they are only 25cl each.

12 comments:

  1. Maybe you have to be there to appreciate the humour...

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  2. Sorry to disappoint but anyone else get this?

    Using French greetings for non-French places, is that it? Or is it a reference to some obscure song? Goodbye region rife with political difficulties- hello north eastern Italian port, doesn't really have a ring to it...

    Zbogom Balkana-Ciao Trieste!

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  3. I just assumed it was a saga holidays in joke. The sort of witty banter that gets tossed around just before they remember Vera Lynn and bread with beef dripping being a luxury. Not actually funny or relevant to me, but worth a weary smile and nod of the head.

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  4. All that money wasted on your educations.....sigh....

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  5. Apparently, Julian, it's a pune on some obscure 1950s French chicklit or something, Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan.

    Rolling in the aisles, they were.

    If you, Pa, had paid for us to study 20th century French literature then I would understand your disappointment, but I don't think the book is going to feature much in mechanical engineering or history & politics courses...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_Tristesse

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  6. We'll be generous and accept that our spelling of pun was an unnoticed predictive text aberration or too many fingers in the typing department.....although when I type pun, the predictive operation didn't suggest pune so maybe it's just a spelling error that all that money on your education never managed to rectify.
    As for 'obscure chicklit' you obviously didn't read the link to Wikipedia that you provided.

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  7. We'll be generous and accept that our spelling of pun was an unnoticed predictive text aberration or too many fingers in the typing department.....although when I type pun, the predictive operation didn't suggest pune so maybe it's just a spelling error that all that money on your education never managed to rectify.
    As for 'obscure chicklit' you obviously didn't read the link to Wikipedia that you provided.

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  8. I expected more from you...
    http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Pune

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  9. Ok. Touché. Nice one that I missed completely, I prostrate myself in admiration.

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  10. Although ;Bonjour Tristesse is in the Le Monde 100 classic novels list.

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