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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar September 25th 2022

The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”– Alain de Botton After a good sleep in our apartment in Sibenik last night, we had a breakfast of coffee and leftovers (cheese, bread, hummus, dried figs, apple). We bought a small container of milk last night and after we used it for coffee this morning, we noticed later it was missing from the fridge. Someone stole our milk – how rude! It was too chilly and rainy to eat on our balcony, but we enjoyed our picnic breakfast all the same. Yes, the weather has indeed changed and the rain has arrived. We walked through the wind and the rain to meet Tamara and the others at the bus station at ... read more
Zadar old town
Zadar town square
Zadar - St. Mary’s Church and Monastery, with bell tower in background

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 13th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Je suis exactement à Crikvenica Enfin une journée sans problèmes. J'ai réussi à tenir mes projets du jour. Ce blog à de plus en plus de succès, environ une cinquantaine de visites par jour. Je reçois des messages, pour ceux que je peux situer, d'Indes, Australie, Suisse, Allemagne, à la lecture des commentaires tous apprécient. J'en suis le premier agréablement surpris. Merci à tous. Malgré que le patron soit un enfoi.....j'ai par contre très bien mangé, et sa terrasse était très agréable. J'ai eu droit à un magnifique couché de soleil. Par contre la chambre minable de chez minable. C'est du passé, mais je l'ai quand même bien "saqué" dans la notation Booking. C'est pour les 100km, et les 3 heures de voiture. Finalement dans cet hôtel, il y avait que l'extérieur de ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar February 26th 2021 26th February - From Ancient Zadar to the Newest Installation From the 15th century, internal fights within the Croatian-Hungarian state resulted in its loss of influence in Dalmatia, and Zadar, together with much of the surrounding mainland and islands, were sold to Venice but Zadar remained the capital of Dalmatia under Venice. In the 16th century, Turkey invaded inland Dalmatia, Zadar retreated and became the largest city-fortress in the Venetian Republic but Plague ravaged the city. In 1699, a peace was concluded with the Turks signalling the end of war. A century later, Napoleon's armies defeated Venice, and Zadar and Dalmatia were peacefully attached to the Hapsburg Empire, only to be handed back to the French in 1805. Under the French, Zadar enjoyed eight years of social reform until the Austrians took the... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 23rd 2020

The official English translation for this coastal road the Croatians call Jadranska Magistrala (officially called State Road D8) is misleading. It is not a highway at all, but a scenic, winding road along the Croatian Adriatic coast. If you are in a hurry, take the freeway. It is toll road, which was built further inland, courtesy of the EU and other private investors. If you have time, we do recommend to slow down and explore the coast, stopping in picturesque fishing villages for delicious fish and seafood, at scenic bays for a swim and historically significant places for your personal cultural enrichment. The D8 is the Croatian section of the Adriatic Highway, running from the Slovenian border through Istria via Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Opuzen and Dubrovnik to the border with Montenegro. Most of the ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 11th 2019

After all the anchoring we have been doing we figured it was time to head into a marina for a few days as there are just some things easier when plugged into power. It was working out well as we had been working our way up the coast of Croatia toward the city of Zadar. We had heard that Marina Preko on a nearby island wasn't too expensive (and even gives a discount for Cruising Association members!) so contacted them and they had an opening for the number of days we wanted to stay. We knew we could catch a ferry from here over to the mainland and the city of Zadar. Only stipulation we were given by the marina was to not arrive before 1PM as that was check out time and they would then ... read more
Views On Our Way to Preko Marina
Always Enjoy Seeing Lighthouses
Some Places Are Definitely Marked for No Anchoring

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar June 15th 2019

After a 4.5hr bus trip to Zadar we arrived at our accomodation at about 6pm. We had chosen a hostel for our first night and for the next 4 nights we were moving to a room that we booked on Airbnb that had yet received no reviews and had been newly listed, so we had no idea what to expect and had taken a bit of a gamble. This was the case for most of the travels. We had no idea what to expect and most of it was a surprise: good or bad. Anyway the hostel was a good surprise. We had a lovely room in a boutique type place and it felt friendly and relaxed from the moment we checked in. Another guy from our bus was also checking in ahead of us and ... read more
The Crowds walking into Old Town Gates that lead from the foot bridge.
Solar Salute to the Sun
Old town Square

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar April 11th 2019

Our trip’s stated objective was to participate in a “strenuous” hike in Paklenica National Park. By the end of last night, there were only three people who wanted to risk the first half hour of rocky assent, because of all the rain. By this morning, when there was again light rain, Manka cancelled the hike because it is very slippery in the rain. Breakfast was delightful because the hotel restaurant cooked our eggs to order; the ability of Adriatic restaurants to produce excellent sunny-side-up eggs is astonishing. Otherwise, the selections were the usual cold cuts, cereals and lovely breads. Our revised day was a return to Zadar, this time to visit the url= Glass Museum. (Rain fell during the drive and upon our ar... read more
Glass vessels
Fresh mussels in a delicious sauce, Stipe Restaurant
Greeting to the Sun

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar September 8th 2017

Sadly we are leaving Rovinj today. We have really enjoyed our stay in this picturesque little town. The people of Istria have been so friendly, as we made our way around the major tourist attractions, as well as off the beaten track villages. We thought we may have struggled in Croatia not knowing the local language, however, there is always someone available who can speak English and is happy to interpret. With the weather not looking too good for Zadar today, on the recommendation of our hosts, we take a small detour via the medieval walled city of Motovun. Motovun is a village in central Istria, which has a permanent population of 531, 191 of whom use Italian as their mother language. The town grew up on the site of an ancient city called Castellieri, and ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 19th 2017

All before 8:30 am I bought a souvenir, bought breakfast, bought snacks and asked the rental car company what would happen if I indeed did got a speeding ticket. They said they'd mail it to me if the police decide to follow through with it. I got a text alerting me that the bus was going to be 45 minutes late. We were supposed to leave at 8:50 and didn't leave until 10:00 am. As I was loading my suitcase onto the bus I almost had a heart attack. I noticed one of the travel locks was missing. Did someone break it? Then I realized I unlocked it last in the hostel throwing stuff in at the last second. I also remember placing the keys on the floor. The keys in the same ring were for ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 1st 2017

After leaving Krka, we went directly to Zadar where, fortunately, it was a bit colder than in Krka (+/- 40°C vs. Kraka 48°C). We found our hostel quite easily thanks to Google maps, but when we got there, it turned out the owner wasn’t there, only his son. It was a bit weird, the room he showed us wasn’t the bedroom for 4 people we had booked but a 12-person bedroom, so we decided to wait for the owner to return before taking the room. He arrived after +/- 15 minutes and explained that the 4-person bedroom wasn’t ready yet (they opened just a week before and not much was ready yet) but that there would only be us and 2 other girls sleeping in the room. This was ok with us and we took the ... read more

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