An Impressive Retrospective of Rijeka, Croatia

It’s usually the case the proper names of places get squat upon on the internet quite quickly. For instance: unitedstates.com, congo.com, and spain.com are all crap sites that someone is sitting upon to collect advertising money or until they get the right offer to buy it off of them.
So it was the other day that I was bouncing around various Croatian city names to see what came up. Much like the examples above, the variety of names that I tried were all being held by cyber squatters. For kicks, I tried rijeka.com which forwards you to this gallery page. While the gallery takes and insanely long time to load, it’s worth it as it’s one of the most comprehensive collection of old photos from Rijeka that I’ve ever seen. If you’re feeling bored, got to the page, get a cup of tea/coffee, come back, and give it a look.
To give a little history, Rijeka is Croatia’s most northern coastal city east of the Istrian Peninsula. It also happens to have one of the most boring names in the world as ‘rijeka’ simply means, ‘river’ in Croatian. This was derived from the original, Italian name for the town which was ‘fiume’, that also means, ‘river’. Visitors to Croatia will know Rijeka as a northern hub for trains connections to the interior, buses to Istria (probably Rovinj or Pula), and the end of the line coming up from Dubrovnik. I’ve been there twice although my gallery is pathetic at the moment. Despite its grunginess and overall aura of being a port town, I quite like the place. I don’t know if this comes from the fact that until the last century, it was a crossroads between Romance language and Slavic language speakers, as well as serving as the main port for the Austrian Empire, but there’s something to it. Croats often call it a feeling of “rock n’ roll”.
If you ever pass through, spend a day checking out the few sites and getting in to the vibe of the town, which I like a great deal more than Split. If you never fancy yourself hitting up Croatia’s main port city, then just enjoy the photos of the link above.
An Impressive Retrospective of Rijeka, Croatia