July 8th. 2010

Long drive from Brussels 1350 km. Just to add to the joys blew out a rear tyre on the car around 6.00am en route to Stuttgart. The wheel having been put on at a tyre centre and the bolts tightened with Valamar Jazz Festival a pneumatic device - impossible to loosen the wheel. Had to call out a mechanic to do this for me. Wheel brace and around two metres of steel tubing and it was still a strain.

Arrived in Porec after midnight. The spare type causing vibration so had to keep my speed down. Weather very hot indeed. Mirna Cubranic, production Valamar Jazz Porec, was very kindly awaiting our arrival at the press office at the Riviera Hotel. Designated the hotel where we were going to stay and provided a taxi to lead us there.

Looked at the sea and the swimming pool from the balcony - briefly. Then bed. Woke up around 8.00am. Blue skies. Blue sea. Sun shining. 'This is the life ' said I.