Yet Another Promenade

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Aug 02, 2008

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This day involved a couple of trips on the network of public buses to take us first to the town Trogir for a brief visit, and then up further to Sibenik. The buses were modern, comfortable, and most importantly, air conditioned (The temperature has been consistently veryhot and humid so far). There were beautiful views along the way of the sea, sunny coastal towns, and green offshore islands.

Both Trogir and Sibenik had historic walled city centres with plenty of grand ancient buildings, as well as a promenade where people stroll along the waterfront lined with caffe bars (combo coffee shops/bars). This promenading seems to be a favorite Croatian pastime for young and old alike. I think it might be their secret to staying so slim despite the rich diet and rather large portions served at meals.

Speaking of meals, Croatian food is an interesting mix, with influences gathered from thousands of years of shifting borders, alliances, and control. Along with the expected seafood and mediterranean ingredients like olives, goat cheese, etc, you can get your fix of Turkish style meat or cheese-filled pastries (a legacy of Ottoman rule), Hungarian-influenced paprika-flavored dishes, and Austrian-style schnitzels and strudels compliments of the Hapsburgs. There are also many many pizza and pasta joints due to the proximity and historical power of the Italians, and in particular the Venetians. I think the Italians are also the instigators of the ice-cream-shop-every-100-metres rule. In Sibenik, I tried octopus for the first time (similar to calamari, but more tender), combined with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and homemade pasta - yum!
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