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Zadar is my new favourite!

Started our day early in darkness at 6am walking through the streets of old town to catch the 7am ferry to Zadar. We were surprised at how many people were about in the pedestrian area and cafes that were already open with lots of men having coffee. The shipyards are nearby so they must be having a coffee before work.

The ferry wasn't full so we grabbed 3 seats each which I made the most of by lying down for a couple of naps during the 5 hour trip. Once we left the harbour of Pula it was so rough and the boat was going up and down the waves. They started handing out vomit bags and a few people made their way to the back of the boat where it is not quite so bumpy ( we were sitting near the front). It was so rocky that people were struggling even walking to the back. Fortunately Mum and I both have good sea stomachs!!

We stopped at 5 different places on different islands and once we reached the first island the rest of the trip was much quieter as we were sheltered as we travelled in between the islands. Passed lots of white rock beaches and cute little fishing towns.

As we came into Zadar the water was like glass and I woke from a sleep feeling like I was on a plane as it was so smooth and glidey!!

We had booked ourselves back in to the same youth hostel that we stayed in a few days ago but as we arrived into old town on a peninsular I really wanted to see if we could stay there. I had found a hostel on hostelworld last night but it wouldn't let me book in 2 people. I had copied down the address and hoped to find it and see if we could stay there.

We found it pretty easily and were the first to book into a room sand were able to get ourselves 2 bottom bunks. We are on the 4th floor, up 84 small windy steps!!!!! We look out the windows over the alley leading to the town square and a sea of red tile rooves and chimneys!

Off we headed to the bus station by a short bus ride to buy our bus tickets to Dubrovonik tomorrow and then back into town to have a cold drink and relax in the square with the city Sentinel building and clock.

Over the next few hours we wandered the streets of this almost island old town and fell in love with it and it has moved to the top of the list in Croatian towns we have been to so far.

It is so quiet in the old town , with only vehicle traffic around the perimeter. The streets are full of lovely old buildings and church and roman remains There are city walls and ramparts and boats moored all around, with a cute little harbour tucked in a corner near the city gate entrance. On the island side it looks over to one of the large islands that big Jadrolina car ferries were going over to regularly. On that side of the town is the promenade which is very pretty and at the far end the Sea Organ which is made of holes in a concrete wall that as the water and waves rushes into it the movement of displaced air creates organ music. It was fascinating to sit and listen to.

Had a sandwich for a late lunch just sitting on a step and then found another lovely cafe bedside the old Roman forum and the tower and old round church of St Donat to sit and have another drink and chat. I climbed the 180 steps to the top of the tower for a great view.

We laughed at the street names which are so long and almost impossible to say. When we were looking for our hostel it is hard to remember the name you are looking for as it is so different from any words we have!!! We had to keep stopping to look at our notes and say what was the name of the street we are looking for????

Many parts of the old town needed rebuilding as it was heavily bombed during world war 2

We found the little old man called Karlo who is a Barkarioli ( rowing boat man) who speaks 4 languages and works from 6am to midnight rowing people across a 80 metre stretch of the water to the other side for 5 kuna. He told us he does this 4 months of the year and is in his eighties!!! We jumped in his boat and got him to take us there and back...what amazing energy he has!

Loved seeing the older local people sitting on park benches by the water and hanging out for chat and the locals diving off the promenade into the deep water for a swim. We watch these 2 sea planes coming low over the water and circling over the town. They seemed to just skim above the top of the buildings.

For the next couple of hours we parked ourselves in the shade under some trees in the comfy lounges of an outdoor cafe to read and watch the sunset, which Alfred Hitchcock said many years ago was the best in the world!!!

And it is as I sit here and watch it listening to the church bells chime for 6.45pm....just stunning and beautiful in every way!!

I cant help but take gazillions of piccies of sunsets....here is my sequence!!!!

Walking the Pula Old town

Walking the Pula Old town


Mum in the Forum

Mum in the Forum


Leaving Pula

Leaving Pula


Village on island

Village on island


Village on island

Village on island


Island

Island


Map of where we went on the boat

Map of where we went on the boat


Mum disembarked from our boat

Mum disembarked from our boat


Looking straight down out of window of hostel

Looking straight down out of window of hostel


Hostel view to town square

Hostel view to town square


Red rooves from our hostel window

Red rooves from our hostel window


Our dorm - we have bottom bunks near window

Our dorm - we have bottom bunks near window


The 84 windy steps up to our room!!

The 84 windy steps up to our room!!


Cit Sentinel  Square- sat here for  a drink

Cit Sentinel Square- sat here for a drink


Entrances through city walls

Entrances through city walls


Boat moored everywhere

Boat moored everywhere


Tower I climbed

Tower I climbed


View from tower north

View from tower north


View west out to islands

View west out to islands


Looking down to ld church and roman forum ruins

Looking down to ld church and roman forum ruins


End of he bay is where we stayed few days ago

End of he bay is where we stayed few days ago


Forum

Forum


View back to our hostel

View back to our hostel


Narrow stone stairs

Narrow stone stairs


Sat and relaxed here

Sat and relaxed here


Lovely old ladies making and selling beautiful lac

Lovely old ladies making and selling beautiful lac


Street sign

Street sign


Street name!!!

Street name!!!


Old Town

Old Town


Lovely hidden away cafe

Lovely hidden away cafe


Another street name

Another street name


Promenade

Promenade


Promenade

Promenade


Low flying sea plane

Low flying sea plane


Siting at Sea Organs

Siting at Sea Organs


Ramparts

Ramparts


Litlte Harbour

Litlte Harbour


Main City Gate

Main City Gate


Harbour

Harbour


Alleys near hostel

Alleys near hostel


Alleys near hostel

Alleys near hostel


Alleys near hostel

Alleys near hostel


Postcard view of the peninsular Old Town

Postcard view of the peninsular Old Town


Under the walls to Fruit markets

Under the walls to Fruit markets


Mum buying peaches

Mum buying peaches


City Walls

City Walls


Our rowboat ride

Our rowboat ride


Had to give way to the big ferry

Had to give way to the big ferry


His 80 metre stretch

His 80 metre stretch


Local lady having nap

Local lady having nap


Sunset 1

Sunset 1


Mum reading and sunsetting

Mum reading and sunsetting


Sunset 2

Sunset 2


Sunset 3

Sunset 3


Sunset 4

Sunset 4


Sunset 5

Sunset 5


Sunset 6

Sunset 6


Sunset 7

Sunset 7


Sunset 8

Sunset 8


Sunset 9

Sunset 9


Sunset 10

Sunset 10


Sunset 11

Sunset 11


Sunset 12

Sunset 12


Sunset 13

Sunset 13


Sunset 14

Sunset 14


Where Mum ate dinner against the church wall

Where Mum ate dinner against the church wall

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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