JenSop: The Singing Travel Pro!

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Exploring the Zadar Area

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For our second day in Zadar, Miloš and I decided to walk back to the area of the bridge crossing, as we had seen a restaurant the night before that we thought we’d try out.  We walked the long way around through the marina.  The weather was hot, so we stopped briefly at a beach area along the way to cool off in the water.  We didn’t stay long however, and were soon arriving at the restaurant that would become our favorite pizza place: Giardin.  The outside dining area was covered with very large umbrella awnings, and looked out onto the water and the old town just across it.

Walking to lunch and posing by some boats!

Walking to lunch and posing by some boats!

We both enjoyed taking "stealth pictures" of eachother during the trip.

We both enjoyed taking “stealth pictures” of eachother during the trip.

The view from our table at Giardin

The view from our table at Giardin

Waiting for our food at Giardin, and apparently showing off our matching eyes... ;-)

Waiting for our food at Giardin, and apparently showing off our matching eyes… 😉

Enjoying our glass bottle Cokes!

Enjoying our glass bottle Cokes!

Our pizza was great.  Seriously – we really recommend the quattro formaggi pizza.  That’s damn good pizza!  Mmmmmm……  Just thinking about it makes me drool like Homer Simpson…

PIZZA!

PIZZA!

After our delicious lunch, we decided to walk north along the coast and see which beach we might like to try out.  We walked.  And walked.  We walked for quite some time.  We eventually came to the beach that was simply marked: “Beach for the Handicapped” (in Croatian), as it had two separate ramps so that those with mobility issues could get in and out of the water more easily.  The water was wonderful – the perfect temperature and so clear!  And I have to point out an observation I made, especially as a person who does a good deal of swimming in fresh water….  It’s SO true how salt water makes you more buoyant!  And the salt levels in this water are on the high side. You hardly had to do any work to tread water at all! I felt so… floaty!   So much more than what I’m used to at the beach on the east coast of the U.S.  And because of all the islands along the Croatian coastline, it doesn’t have that “open water” feeling, which I think helped exponentially with my shark phobia issues.  (I saw “Jaws” when I was too young and have been scarred for life ever since.)

After a few hours at the beach, I’m sure we went and got some ice cream nearby, as we pretty much got ice cream a few times a day the entire trip.  And dinner was a quick stop at the market to get some lunch meat for some sandwiches.  (We also picked up some wine and sparkling mineral water to enjoy that evening while sitting and enjoying some time over by the Greeting to the Sun.)

We spent some time back at the hotel for a bit before heading out to the Old Town part of Zadar.  Seeing the Greeting to the Sun for the first time was really an awesome thing.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the lights undulate like the waves of the sea – and all different colors too – blues and golds and purples and reds.  We sat for awhile along the edge of the grassy area just next to it.  (And quick reflexes saved us when the sprinkler system kicked on!)

Here are some fun pics of our evening at the Greeting to the Sun…

Dancing around on the Greeting to the Sun

Dancing around on the Greeting to the Sun

Jen and Miloš posing on the Greeting to the Sun

Jen and Miloš posing on the Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun

Greeting to the Sun

And we totally got photo-bombed in the most hilarious way…. by a drunk girl who looks like she had….um…. an accident……

Photo-bombed!

Photo-bombed!

We ended our evening by taking the bridge back to the mainland area and heading back…

Crossing the bridge from the old town peninsula to the mainland...

Crossing the bridge from the old town peninsula to the mainland…

Posing on the bridge!

Posing on the bridge!

Next up: trying fresh figs for the first time, and finding another favorite restaurant spot!  And of course, more beach!

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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 this year, I've 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 engaged 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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