Headed off today to the city of Zadar on the Dalmatian Coast. The countryside was lush with rolling hills and the roads were excellent, something we’ve really noticed to date. We connected off of a secondary road to a toll highway, speed limit 130 km/hr but don’t tell the local drivers as they flew past us at least 150 km/hr++!
There were several tunnels through the top of the mountains one of which was at least 5 km long. Pretty amazing engineering.
We made great time getting to Zadar but got lost once we hit the city. If you’ve watched the Amazing Race, that would be us! Eventually and through dumb luck we practically drove right into the front lobby of our hotel. Our accommodation is lovely, a one bedroom apartment for approximately $95.00 CAD per night.
We arrived around 1:00 pm and then set out for the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the Old Town which is known for its Roman and Venetian ruins dating back to as early as the 8th century.
Also located in the Old Town is the Sea Organ built into the seaside promenade. The sea organ is an experimental musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps creating a hauntingly beautiful sound. Also located on the promenade is the monument to the Sun. It consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle, with photo-voltage solar modules underneath. Lighting elements installed in a circle turn on at night, and produce a show of light. The monument symbolizes communication with nature through light while the Sea Organ symbolizes communication with nature through sound.