As we drove away from Rovinj I wondered if there could possibly be another town as lovely and charming down the road. Had we hit the jackpot first and now everything else was going to be a let down? The drive was long....4 hours. The roads in Croatia are surprisingly good! No kidding, they are wonderful, easy to drive and well maintained. There are many toll roads but paying $10 for two hours on a beautiful road is a small price in my book.
|Time flies when the view looks like this!|
We found the "nearby" parking and our apartment. This one was next door to a local bar and owned by the bar owner. We met our new best friend in Zadar, Joe the Bartender, and he showed us our studio apartment. Once again, better than the Internet representation! I admit, I was a bit concerned about noise and smoke since it was on top of the bar but no noise was heard and the air was clear! Joe was very helpful and hospitable and invited us down to the bar for a drink "on the house". I love this place already! After our drink we made our way to sunset central.
|I'm so easily entertained!|
|The Sea Organ.|
The waves hit the holes in the steps which have pipes in them and it sounds like an organ.
It was a bit windy! Hopefully you can hear the organ sounds over the wind!
Zadar was the city I was looking forward to the most. I just knew it would be a great place. It happens to be a university town which meant that we weren't the only people in town for a change. We may have been some of the older people in town, but who cares? There were more cafes and restaurants open for business and the city was much more lively at night. Our new best friend, Joe the Bartender, was always ready to chat and have a drink with us. He would just pop out of the bar to say hello every time I went back to the apartment. It was nice to have such a friendly person around! Zadar was also more commercial than any of the other towns we visited, there were real stores there! It was nice to visit a place that has a life outside of the tourist season, especially since we weren't there during tourist season.
|Greeting To The Sun|
|The Greeting To The Sun at night.|
Glass tiles that light up randomly at night near the Sea Organ. Very cool!
|St. Donatus Church|
I went in search of the Hitch Bar (Alfred) and a bit of inspiration. I found it on the beach and was unimpressed. I'm sure on a sunny, warm, summer day this place is full of bikini clad tourists sipping tropical beverages but today there were about 4 people wearing jackets and sipping hot coffee. I really need to come back to this country when it is warmer! I could also tell this was a prime place to watch sunset on a sunny day, but that day was not today.
|Thanks for nothing Hitch....no sunset and little inspiration|
In the morning we wiped the dust of Zadar off our shoes and headed to the airport in Zagreb, another 3 hour drive. Once again our trip looked like this....
|We left sunny skies and headed into that cloud bank on the left, through the mountains again.....|
|It was much colder on the other side.....|
|And yes, it was snowing! Time to leave Croatia!|
|Time to wake up to sunshine and the Persian Gulf in the distance.|
-A lot of people smoke! They have not gotten the memo it is bad for your health.
-they love coffee! Every day the cafes are full of people sitting outside, regardless of the weather, sipping coffee and smoking. Around 5 they shift from coffee to beer.
-Everyone speaks English and they speak it well.
-the roads are excellent!
-they love visitors!
-the wine is excellent....and very affordable!
-the food in the northern part of the country is more hearty and near the coast is more Mediterranean and it is all very good.
-Croatia is a beautiful country, full of history....go visit!
Next on the agenda, Dubai.