JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Arriving in Zadar

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After our very twisty and turn-y ride down the coast, we finally arrived in Zadar in the early evening.  Once at the bus station, we weren’t really sure what the quickest way would be to get to our hotel, so Miloš called the contact number and we were told that a taxi was the best option.  We also each had a quick Snickers ice cream bar. (It seems the bus station is apparently the only place you can get them in Zadar!)  We happened to find a cab company that has a low flat rate anywhere in the city within a certain kilometer range, and we kept the guy’s card in case we needed it later on in our trip.

It was honestly only about ten minutes or so to get to our hotel, the Pansion Maria.  We were greeted by the owner, who was a very helpful and friendly man.  He spoke English with me, but immediately was conversing in Croatian with Miloš too.  He gave us all kinds of info on restaurants in the area, as well as the locations of several beaches. We also had to give him our ID’s so he could register our stay there.  (Kind of a weird thing to me, as I’m more used to traveling where you have to show your ID to prove that it’s you, but not to be put into some kind of government listing.)   Our room was small, but was more than fine for us.  Back in April when I was getting ready to book our room, there were three criteria to me that were essential: air conditioning, private bathroom (’cause there are still places to stay in Europe where you share a bathroom with strangers – eek!), and a good price.  This place came up with all three of the criteria!

We took some time to settle into our room and unpack then got ready to go out for the evening!

That first night, we had dinner at a restaurant on the sea, closest to our hotel: Lungo Mare.

Here’s the view from our seat:

View of the sea from Lungo Mare

View of the sea from Lungo Mare

And a pic of our tasty dinner:

Dinner at Lungo Mare

Dinner at Lungo Mare

I didn’t get a pic of our shrimp appetizer, but it was really yummy!

After dinner, we started walking in the direction of Old Town Zadar.  We found the pier to walk down to get to the Barka boats (to take us across the water to the Old Town), and soon we were exploring!  Inside the city walls (the ancient walls are still there) it is essentially a pedestrian only area.  The streets are old and narrow.  When you look down, you can tell that the stones you are walking on have been trod by countless feet, as they are polished to a smooth shine.

Jen in the narrow streets of Old Town Zadar

Jen in the narrow streets of Old Town Zadar

Miloš in Old Town Zadar

Miloš in Old Town Zadar

Stopping for a drink in one of the Old Town squares

Stopping for a drink in one of the Old Town squares

After stopping for a drink and talking for a bit, we continued our walk and went the long way around the peninsula, walking along the edge of the sea, coming around back into town via the old ancient gate.

Posing by the sea side

Posing by the sea side

Ancient gate to Zadar

Ancient gate to Zadar

The Barka boats only run 7am to midnight, so after a certain hour, you have to take the bridge when leaving the peninsula.  On our way back that way, we saw a place that we decided to try for lunch the next day, and after about a 25 minute walk, we were back at our hotel for the night.

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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