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The Zadar Adventures Continue….

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There weren’t going to be ANY more early mornings for Miloš and I until our last day, which meant sleeping in – my favorite!  (Seriously, how can people be “morning people?”  My brain just doesn’t comprehend…)

We headed into Old Town and decided to check out one of the touristy famous beaches – Kolovare.  But first – lunch!  We hit up our fave pizza spot (Giardin, of course) and then we were on our way through Old Town.  I stopped to get a few pics at the far end of town near the old city gate…

Park area upon the city walls...

Park area upon the city walls…

Nice view of the old marina by the ancient gate...

Nice view of the old marina by the ancient gate…

would be a lovely backdrop except for the grafitti

would be a lovely backdrop except for the grafitti

The Kolovare Beach area is quite large and stretches along for awhile.  There are some bars and snack stands throughout.  The beach itself was quite crowded, but we found a spot towards the far end of the beach – near the southern end.  The water here off the shore got deep fast, and it seemed to be a much cooler temperature.  It was certainly cooler than the water at Saharun the day before!

Always comparing our tans... and me always losing - haha!

Always comparing our tans… and me always losing – haha!

We stayed at the beach for a few hours, then headed back into town.  Once in the middle of town, we stopped for some palacinke – Nutella, of course.  Now, I have to say that my palacinka got stuck to the plate and the only way to get it off of the plate to eat it was to end up ripping it and making quite a mess of myself and my plate.  Miloš would have you believe it was due to my inexperience with the palacinke, but don’t let him fool you… my messiness is all a part of my adorable charm!  hahaha!  😉

Nutella palacinka before....

Nutella palacinka before….

Nutella palacinka after...

Nutella palacinka after…

That particular evening we stayed in and took it easy….

The next day, we headed back to Old Town for lunch, this time trying out a restaurant in the section of town near all the old wells.  Here are some shots from our table….

Old Town Zadar

Old Town Zadar – view from our table

Outside dining area

Outside dining area

I have to say that some of the translations and names of the different menu selections can be quite interesting.  I got quite a laugh over the warty venus shells.  I’ll definitely pass on those…

Some interesting offerings...

Some interesting offerings…

Waiting for our lunch...

Waiting for our lunch…

Our usual...

Our usual…

Another view of the area around the restaurant...

Another view of the area around the restaurant…

After lunch we headed south again towards Kolovare, all the while exploring the area….

Went through this tunnel only to find out it lead nowhere...

Went through this tunnel only to find out it lead nowhere…

This time, we went to a section of shore line just below the crowded beach area.  I didn’t want to feel swarmed in by all those people.  We had a very lovely beach afternoon.  Sun, sea, surf, togetherness… quite nice indeed.  🙂

On our way back to our hotel, we naturally took the Barka boat.  On that long pier that it’s located on, there’s a raised wall that runs along the entire one side.  It’s quite wide, and Miloš lifted me up on to it, which meant picture time and silliness!

View from the pier

View from the pier

View from the pier

View from the pier

I snapped the ultimate stealth pic when he wasn't expecting it.  mmmm hmmmm...

I snapped the ultimate stealth pic when he wasn’t expecting it. mmmm hmmmm… One of my faves of the whole trip…

We've already established that I'm a dork - and not ashamed of it!

We’ve already established that I’m a dork – and not ashamed of it!

Every time I see this pic, a certain Van Halen song comes to mind...

Every time I see this pic, a certain Van Halen song comes to mind…

I'd say I was pretty happy  :-)

I’d say I was pretty happy 🙂

On this particular night, we had a FABULOUS late night dinner at Restaurant Kaštel.  Since it was already into the evening hours when we got back from the beach, we didn’t head out for dinner until quite late.  I mentioned in the restaurant review post that this particular restaurant was one of my favorites – I would go back again in a heart beat.  Excellent service, delicious food, romantic atmosphere.  The restaurant is built on the side of a hotel and the walls really look like a castle.  We even had a cannon next to our table.  Due to the late hour, there weren’t too many other people around, so we kind of had the area to ourselves.  It was a lovely evening – not only did we thoroughly enjoy our meal, but we did a lot of laughing, and Miloš teased me about my classy way of holding my fork as I cut my food…which led to even more laughing . (I guess I need to go to finishing school – hahahaha!)

Showing off my cute dress for the evening... walking to dinner

Showing off my cute dress for the evening… walking to dinner

Restaurant Kaštel

Restaurant Kaštel

Restaurant Kaštel

Restaurant Kaštel

Our cannon, to... you know.... protect our table from invaders...

Our cannon, to… you know…. protect our table from invaders…

View of the dining terrace area

View of the dining terrace area

Miloš' vegetables totally look like the Eye of Sauron!

Miloš’ vegetables totally look like the Eye of Sauron!

After dinner, we headed further into the Old Town area again, and decided to climb the tower.  It closed at midnight, and we still had about fifteen minutes to get to the top and look around.

The bell inside the tower...

The bell inside the tower…

View from the tower - notice the moon near the horizon

View from the tower – notice the moon near the horizon

Posing atop the tower

Posing atop the tower

The street below

The street below

And it wouldn’t be a night in Old Town without a trip to the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun!

Jen & The Greeting to the Sun

Jen & The Greeting to the Sun

Jen & Miloš at The Greeting to the Sun

Jen & Miloš at The Greeting to the Sun

After that, it was back to the hotel for the night to rest up for another day!

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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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