I found out that I am not connected to the internet here at the house in Brdo Croatia, so I will wait for someone to show me how to connect and if that is not possible then I will wait till I get to an internet cafe or some similar spot and download what I have written.
To start off the airlines changed the plane type so the seats we slected and paid for were no longer available. This meant a little negotiating in order that what seats we would get would be accomodating for my father (visually impaired + lack of mobility). AirTransat was more than generous and decided to give us a row of three seats just for my father and myself = heaven! This allowed enough movement so that I could easily help him with his food and basic comfort needs.
The staff was incredible from beginning to end and we had phenominal service. He was aided into the plane in Montreal, explained and shown the emergency equipment, aided off the plane in Venice, Italy and into a special bus only for handicapped people (it was similar to a double decker bus with a mini lift that lowered us to ground level once we reached the terminal). From there another staff member took us directly to passport control then to luggage pickup and then all the way to the van and hired driver that was waiting to drive us the approximate three hours to brdo, croatia.
We did stop on the way for some staples to carry us through the weekend before properly stocking up. The scenery was lush and plentiful. Mountains galore and the farmlands healthy looking. There were many trees planted in groups spread across the country side. These trees are reforested for paper production. They look like matchsticks with foliage at the top. Sorry I do not have a picture to show this but I did not take out my camera for the ride to Brdo.
Once we arrived at Keko (house name) then work began - lol. Unpack and open the house to air it, although very little needed to be done as the lady who looks after the place while Irma and Laura (aunts) are away did a clean up in preparation of our arrival. We still needed to prepare the beds and make supper - it's a good thing we all packed food items to bring with us to tide us over till we could do a real shopping.
We stopped briefly stopped at the neighbors who had our house key and bumped into Lina and Tony (from NY USA) who are from this area and live almost next door. They too come every summer and are here for a month. As we all were still unpacking they came up to the house bearing goods .... food! They figured we would be too pooped to cook and brought us supper. A lovely penne pasta with a most fantabulous sauce ... oh boy = yummmm :0) I found out later on that he was a cook in New York ... geeez no wonder I was raving about this sauce .... note to self - get the recipe before they leave (they go back to America before we do).
After this, none of us could keep our eyes opened anymore and one by one we crashed for the night. I decided to leave one window partially open as I like it cooler in the evening for sleeping. I did a scorpion check (a common creature in these parts I'm told - so I am prepared to spot them with my built in scorpion sensor .... btw I have a built in spider sensor too - lol). I didn't see any so felt safe for the moment BUT I did bring my flashnight in case nature called in the middle of the night ---- I did not want to step on one of the things. And that is is for day 1.