Drinking Cockta (c'est bon pour toi) at the Salt Pans
We started along the coast of the Adriatic in Piran. Just along the Slovenian/Croatian border on the Adriatic, they still have old salt pans, where salt is produced the traditional way. The floor of each rectangular segment that you see below is coated with a mixture of minerals that keeps the salt from mixing with the soil. Then after the water evaporates a little and the water is completely saturated, it starts to gather on the floor and people come around and gather it by hand. There is mini rail system, which you can also see below. They push the carts along the tracks to gather the salt from each plot.We were supposed to see a demonstration but appartently we missed them all. Instead, Pierre gave us his own well informed, highly technical demonstration. There is something in Slovenia called Cockta. We found it for half a euro in the salt pan vending machine. Intrigued, Sandra and I decided we had to have it. It was quite possibly the most disgusting thing, besides cuttlefish, that I have ever tasted. We passed it back and forth to each other, thinking that maybe the next sip wouldn't be so bad. It tasted like Coke with Lemon and too much syrup. We wouldn't suggest buying a Cockta if you come to Slovenia.