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More Zadar Adventures! Day 3!

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On our third day in Zadar, we decided to head out and walk north as soon as we reached the sea.

We also started a little daily tradition….

There were fig trees on the corner down a few blocks from our hotel.  I had never actually tried fresh figs – I didn’t know what to expect.  I mean, I’d used fig body products before…. oh, and candles – I’d burned fig-scented candles…. yet I’d never eaten one.  Miloš knew how to tell when they were ripe and picked one for me to try.  Let’s just say that when they are ripe, they have a very unmistakable appearance as they hang there on the branch. (Ahem…)  And they’re kind of funky-looking inside too – very strange.  When they’re really ripe, they taste kind of like candy.  Here’s a pic of the insides of one of those yummy figs…

Fresh picked fig!

Fresh picked fig!

Yes, when they are ripe, they’re actually pretty darn good.  But when they are not ripe, they are disgusting.  (There was ONE time that he picked a doozy.  Not ripe!  Not ripe!)  Like a weird bitter vegetable taste.  Blech.  (Pretty sure I spit that one out.)  But so began our daily ritual of Miloš offering me a fig every time we walked past the trees.  Sometimes I felt like one, sometimes I didn’t.  But it was a fun little thing that I’ll remember about the trip for a long time.  In fact, I could go for one right now…. 🙂

As we walked along the shore, we made a quick stop along a rocky section of beach and went for a quick swim to cool off.  And soon after that, we found what would become one of our favorite restaurants: Rafaelo.  It was a traditional Konoba restaurant, having a big brick oven right there in the outdoor kitchen area.  The restaurant was along the shore, with a great view of the sea and all the boats in the marina.  But what really stood out was the excellent food.  Miloš had steak and I had calamari.  (Which would become our “usual” meals on the trip.)  This was pretty much the best calamari I’d ever had – soooooo good!  I wish I had been hungrier, so I could have eaten more, but the portion sizes were so huge!

Here are some pics from our lunch:

Right from the beach to the table!

Right from the beach to the table!

Our glass bottle Cokes

Our glass bottle Cokes

Those who know me, know I LOVE my Coke!

Those who know me, know I LOVE my Coke!

YUMMY!

YUMMY!

We thoroughly enjoyed our entire meal!  (If you go to Zadar, eat there!)

Then it was time to move along to the beach.  We took a short swim at the beach we had visited the previous day, and then continued on to Borik Beach.  We entered through the park area and continued walking along the path.  Some guy stopped us to make us pay to get in, but in hindsight, we didn’t know if he was legit or just a regular ol’ sheister, taking advantage of tourists.  (And since Milos was speaking English with me, sometimes he got mistaken for also being an American, which made us look even more touristy.)

We walked pretty far into the beach area and decided to make our spot on the pier.

Walking along the sea

Walking along the sea

Posing on the pier

Posing on the pier

(So he liked taking pics of me in my bathing suit… I’m certainly not complaining… 🙂  Hahaha!)

Like most days, we spent several hours out at the beach, alternating between sunning and swimming.  (As our tans grew ever darker!)  Once again we grabbed a light dinner at the market next to Rafaelo – lunch meat and bread for sandwiches, and we had ourselves a nice little impromptu picnic by the sea!

Eating by the sea!

Eating by the sea!

Watching the sun set on the marina as we picnicked.

Watching the sun set on the marina as we picnicked.

Dinner was followed by some sea-side shenanigans for the camera.  I’m proud of my dorkiness and flaunt it freely!

Silliness!

Silliness!

:-D

😀

I still think this could be a cheesy print ad for yacht ownership...

I still think this could be a cheesy print ad for yacht ownership…

And that evening, it was back to the old town.  This time we decided to take some pics of the insane yachts that we walked past every time we went down the pier to catch the Barka boats.  We honestly could not even fathom the sheer amount of wealth those people must have.  It’s a completely different world… no, UNIVERSE than the one we live in.

Miloš' favorite fancy yacht

Miloš’ favorite fancy yacht

My favorite one!  Maybe they'd sell it to me for fifty bucks.  No?

My favorite one! Maybe they’d sell it to me for fifty bucks. No?

Waiting for the Barka boat to take us over to the old town

Waiting for the Barka boat to take us over to the old town

Waiting for the Barka

Waiting for the Barka

After stopping for some Cokes in the middle of the old town, we did some more exploring…

Leaning on the ancient Roman ruins!

Leaning on the ancient Roman ruins!

Posing by one of the ancient wells.

Posing by one of the ancient wells.

We walked up the the town wall and found a cool-looking outdoor bar, but decided we were kind of beat and should head back to the hotel.  (We ended up checking out the bar on another day.)

More to come soon!

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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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