Zadar, Croatia – Songs of the Sea   Leave a comment

Croatian Costumes

Croatian Costumes

Shepherdess – so you’ve heard the nursery rhyme ‘Mary had a little lamb’… well I saw the Croatian version of Mary on our way to Zadar.

She was sat on a very low stool in the middle of a field watching over her 8 sheep. Dressed all in black, she was 75 if she was a day. I would have loved a photo but you really have to be mindful that these are people’s every day lives, they are not here simply for the viewing pleasure of tourists. It’s a fine line between getting a shot of the locals and being intrusive. But I’ll have that image in my mind forever since it was so unexpected.

Zadar Town

Zadar Town

Zadar – means ‘already existed’, leading to the conclusion it had existed even before Rome. Fronted by the largest series of islands in the Eastern Adriatic, backed by the Vesebit peaks and surrounded by numerous national parks (Plitvice being one of them) this city is mentioned in A Journey Around the World, a tourist guidebook from 1330. The coast of Italy is easily reached by the Jadrolinija Ferries, now of course, not back in the 14th century (lol) but I’m sure people had the same desire to see the world back then as we do now.

The Old Man of the Sea

The Old Man of the Sea

The Ocean – The song of the ocean, with the accompanying off-key screeches of overhead seagulls, has always been my favourite tune. I spent a lot of time at the beach growing up so it holds fond memories for me. As an adult I’ve developed a deep and abiding respect for the sea. Calm and soothing, treacherous and deadly, it can turn from one to the other in the blink of an eye. You have to respect something so immense and powerful and once you do, you can appreciate its many facets. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Zadar Sky

Zadar Sky

Zadar Sky

Zadar Sky

Sea Organ – I was enamoured with this the moment I read about it. Several wide and long concrete steps with cut-outs line the western end of the promenade and they emit a different sound as the waves roll under.  Kind of like a subtle tuba, it’s certainly out of tune by conventional music notes but is interesting to sit and listen to. The sound and volume changes based on the strength of each wave.

Next stop, Sibenik, Croatia.

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Posted June 28, 2015 by Jaclyn in Holidays, Travel

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