When I’m in need of clean air and a calming view but I don’t want to go outside Rijeka, I definitely go to Vladimir Nazor Park, a big green surface almost in the center of the city. It’s pretty wide and extends to some interesting parts of Rijeka, so within borders you have three museums—but now we are not in the museum mood, we are in the nature mood.
So I enter the park and go for a walk, in reminiscence of me being a kid with his grandfather, who was always so keen on teaching my sister and me on the benefits of exercise, that he would time our “laps”, as he would call our running path through the park. And we would always improve, of course, because it was important to get his approval.
Now I don’t run through the park, but you could, if you are a runner. If you are more of a walker and thinker, sit at the fountain that could be called a pond and look for the turtles. Don’t bother them, they are good in their own peace; you find yours.
And if you go a little bit further to the SE of the park, you won’t notice but you will get to Nikola Host park, where you can sit on my little Sphinx, a stone sculpture that once, in past times, was very alive for me.