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Published: November 24th 2008
Entering the walled city
Zadar is an ancient Roman town and is still very well preserved to this day. We stayed at the only hostel, a soul-less, hospital-like YHA about a half hour walk out of town. We try to avoid the Youth Hostels but we were stuck this time.
During the day we made the walk into town along the waterfront. It was a beautifully sunny day where we even took our coats off while walking around town. That's saying something for the middle of November. The old town is on a peninsula that makes it feel like an island. The city is still walled in by the ancient Roman wall and most of the streets are pedestrianized. There was a great market but we didn't have a kitchen at the hostel so we just sat and had a coffee while watching the shoppers go about their business. Grocery stores tend to have limited, sub-par fruit and veggie selections as most of the people shop for these things at local markets. It's a great way to get more local produce and we wish it was like this back home. One thing you do notice is the seasonal food. It's tough to find the
Morning coffee by the wall
ingredients for a caesar salad this time of year.
One of the great features of Zadar is the sea organ. It is a series of engineered tubing under the concrete sidewalk that allows you to hear the sea breath as the waves move in and out. It sounds like someone playing all of the notes on a giant harmonica.
That night we went to a local pub and then to a showing of the new Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. How could we skip it after seeing Daniel Craig in Rome? All of the movies in Croatia are shown in english with croatian subtitles so all the italian and spanish portions of the movie weren't translated for us.
We're still seeking some warmer sun so we'll move south to Split next.
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