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After a tiresome day, yet such a mind boggling experience, we set off to Zadar, a port city ruled by the Romans, and now an unexplored tourist location, very few tourists were thronging in this city, it was a win-win situation since it turned out to be peaceful and with time in hand, we could see everything properly and also enjoy it. Zadar is surrounded with Adriatic waters, the speciality over here is that the waters have white sand and less of it, there are more of rocky beaches, which are clean, untouched and pure traces of sand and grey rocks make it a view that will be etched in our memories forever. We had one private beach for our hotel too, and I enjoyed all the leisurely activities here on the beach, I swam, I got a sun tan, had beer, enjoyed the beach night life with the special Croatian beer, it was not at all bitter, the best beer I have had after the Weissen Beer I tried at the Spring fest in Germany, coming to Croatia and eating icecreams is a must, because they melt in your mouth like ice. Also the beer is a must try for all the people who drink. Many hot chicks on the beach for bird watching activity as well. The best moment on the beach was when I stood against the edge of a tiny bridge that led to the sea and felt the wind gushing against my face. Never did I feel free like a bird on the verge of a bridge, the blue sky above me and the aquamarine water below me, it was a dream come true. We did some shopping at Zadar, got some local cherry brandy and Croatian souvenirs after which we left for the hotel. Worth mentioning is the sea organ in Zadar, the architect who built this sea organ was so intelligent, that he used basic physics as a base to build the sea organ. There are holes on the road or the path you walk underneath which there is place for the waves to enter, the back and forth movement of the waves and the air on the top function on the principle of how a mouth organ is played when we pump in air through the holes, the waves makes the noise and the air through the holes gives it tune, truly brilliant! On our way back we played Antakshari on the bus, you would not believe in seven different languages, it was craziness to the next level, singing old melodies with a happy bunch of people, also I made many new friends on this trip.
The impromptu countryside road through Slovenia was a landscape drawing, with snow capped mountains, meadows engulfed with pines and oaks, wooden houses with roofs, and yes multicoloured, fog across the tip of the mountains, a chilly gush of wind flowing and making the clouds fly along, at times we could not see what lay ahead because of the fog, but isn´t that the typical romantic weather, we all wish for, I missed Kris a lot at this point of time in Slovenia. We had a brief stop and had some coffee and pizza near the tanking station, and set sail. Make sure you carry passports with you always when going to these countries, strict checking is done at the borders and stamped too, to avoid illegal entry of refugees and unauthorised persons.
Coming to the food we had in Croatia, it is not at all bad, in fact it was a treat for the non vegetarians, exotic fishes are a delicacy here, so many types and freshly fried, since Croatia has many port cities, fish is eaten by most people. I also enjoyed some scrambled eggs and salad here. It was really different in taste than the other salads that I have tried and tasted in Europe. I loved the mushroom soup and spiced up rice. Vegetarian options exist!
The most peculiar and something laudable was that the people here are multi lingual unlike some other countries in Europe. A huge chunk of the population will speak Croatian, Slovenian, English, German and may be one more European Language. Sign boards are displayed in Croatian, English and German. A very environment friendly and clean nation.
Eureka Trips took us to some exotic places and the stay was planned well too, this trip has been so special and wonderful in many ways. Blue is the word.
Next time about another travel!
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