After leaving Plitvice Lakes we drove to Zadar. Our apartment landlord met us outside standing in a parking spot they were saving for us. They were so kind. The mother poured us Croatian beer that we all toasted too.

Our apartment was in the most beautiful location. It overlooked the Ruins of an ancient Roman Forum. The inside was decorated beautifully and was stocked with all the basic essentials we needed.

Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus.

After meeting with our hosts we set out to walk around the old town at night. Zadar is one of the few coastal areas to have a beautiful sea organ. The sea organ plays a tune as the waves crash into the pipes. Making this a lovely place to sit and look at the sea.

Next to this is the Monument to the sun. It consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle, with the photo-voltage solar modules underneath. Lighting elements installed in a circle turn on at night, and produce show of light. Monument symbolizes communication with nature, with the aim to communicate with light, while the nearby Sea organ represent aim to communicate with sound.

We then found ourselves a cute modern restaurant in the old town that serves fresh Croatian cuisine. I had the black ink risotto with cuttlefish, Steve had the tuna steak, Salome had the beef cheeks, Skyler had smoked pork chops, and Sierra had black gnocchi with prawns. It was all amazing.

We then checked out a beautiful park that is converted into a night club after 10:00 pm. What a novel idea. Colored lights in the fountains and comfortable cushions, tables, and swings to relax around.

The next morning Steve and I got up early to walk to the local green market and fish market. Fresh muscles were on special so we decided to buy 3 kilos for dinner, along with some fresh olive oil, a couple fish for a broth, egg plant, tomatoes, garlic, pasta, bread, herbs and pastries for breakfast. We then found the wine shop that sells wine by the liter in plastic refillable bottles. I got a liter of white to cook my muscles in.

We got back and had breakfast with the kids. We then did a little self guided walking tour of Zadar I found online. The Roman Ruins are fascinating and completely out in the open to climb on.

By the middle of the day it was raining pretty hard so we headed in to make dinner as a family. All the muscles I have ever had have been Farm raised. Fresh muscles have to be de bearded and scrubbed clean of barnacles. So Steve and the kids got to work while I made the sauce. We enjoyed our pasta inside the apartment making the best of the weather. After dinner we walked to a gelato shop and had a gelato. While watching Croatia play Basketball against Russia.

After walking a bit in the rain we went to bed. Only to wake up to a storm the next morning.

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