Day 25, Friday, September 29, 2017
It was a beautiful day for our drive to Zadar. The sun was shining, and the sky was blue. The Adriatic Sea is amazing, it is so clear and has such incredible shades of blue, everything from aquamarine to indigo.I keep snapping photos from the car window and telling Bob about all the different colours of the water. There are little inlets all along the coast…
and many of them have beaches. This one was below a lookout where we stopped to have our lunch.
I took this to show how very clear the water is. I now understand why so many people come to the beaches in Croatia, and yes, the water really was that blue!
I also saw these and wonder if they are buoys maybe for lobster traps? Maybe someone reding this knows what they are and can let me know? I forgot to post a link to our apartment in Senj and here is our home in Zadar for those who are curious about Airbnb accommadations. We have had very good luck with all our Airbnb bookings on all of our trips. We decided to visit Zadar because I read about the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, two amazing art installations by local architect, Nikola Bašić. I recorded my own Sea organ music but I need to learn how to load videos to YouTube so I can include them in my blog. The link I have included was a video I found online. We sat at sunset and listened to some phenomenal music created by the ocean waves, It really was quite magical.
Next we checked out the Sun Salutation, and it was pretty unique as well.
We decide that we might as well climb the Radar Cathedral Bell Tower. The entrance fee is only 15 Kuna, which is $3.00. The tower is 56 meters, or 184 feet tall.
Only 209 steps later and we are at the top platform with the railing, right below the roof. which has great views of the city lights.
This is looking up at the angel on top of the roof…and here is Bob.It was a little bit scary climbing the narrow winding steps right near the top. We were above the bells, and there didn’t seem to be much holding up those metal stairs. This is looking down from the top of the stairs.
And here are some views of the bells, which are enormous. They also rang for 9:00pm just minutes after we left the tower!
The Church of St. Donatus is open until 9 pm so we visit there next. This is a 9th Century church which is built on the ruins of a Roman Forum.
Here are some interior views. This is very different from any of the other churches we have visited in Europe.
Some of the stones used to build this church were from temples that were built to Juno and Jupiter. It is hard to wrap my head around just how old these stones and buildings are.
You may or may not know that I love trees, and that is a Roman Gate in the background.
We wander up and down a few of the streets and we are surprised at how many of the shops are still open.Restaurants often occupy very interesting buildings.This was such a pretty window I just had to take its picture… and then we walk back across the bridge to our car for the short drive home.