Sunset on our Croatian experience
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Zadar old town is set on a tiny, well fortified peninsular with nothing much natural remaining about the shape of the very linear and stone wall reinforced coastline. The tip of the peninsular is extremely popular in the evening - not just for those famous sunsets but also for the sun salutation. No, its not bulk yoga classes but a huge circular plate of solar panels and LEDs set into the ground, producing a light show after dark. The soundtrack to this display was the melancholy chords of the seriously cool sea organ - a series of pipes played by the waves and rather reminiscent of whale song
The walls and fortifications are pretty seriously solid. These days they do a better job of keeping tourists in rather than invading Ottoman hordes out - those gates are seriously hard to find! Some of the bastions are now topped with parkland and trees, adding a third dimension to the maze of the city. Maybe that is also why the shortcut - in the form of a guy in a little red rowing boat shuttling people across the tiny bay - is so popular. Or maybe it is the history, as it is claimed that he has been here for the last 800 years.
It seems that summer is already too distant a memory to even think about swimming. A pity as we were keen to swim along the sea organ for a better view of the pipes.