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Day 9: Zadar to Trogir to Split

October 16: On the Road Again, Just Can't Wait To Get On the Road Again-lyric from the song On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

sunny 21 °C

Three cities in one day is a challenge by any standard but the drive down the Dalmatian Coast for the cities of Zadar, Trogir and Split were well worth the effort.

We started the day early again and I caught the sunrise over the bay.

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A few miles down from the hotel we entered the old city of Zadar which is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city dating back to the Stone Age. Like other towns in Croatia and the surrounding areas, the cities history covers everything from the Byzantines, Romans, Venetians, etc. and is evident in the mixture of buildings and walls that make up the old town. We started the journey at the waterfront taking in the daily life of Croats on a Saturday morning, including some of our fellow travelers.

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We also stopped by the Solar-powered Monument to the Sun which includes the some of the saint's names associated with their specific saint day. And a visit to any city is incomplete without a medieval wall not to mention a Sea Organ that plays tunes based on the wind and the waves (huh?).

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We journeyed a bit more on the waterfront to see the foundations of homes that did not withstand the bombings of WWII. The bombings did uncover the foundations of other buildings; however, dating back to the Roman occupation. These foundations were right outside of the Roman Forum that included some columns and fragments dating back centuries.

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Within the confines of the Roman Forum is the Church of St. Donat and the Zadar Cathedral.

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Not too far away is yet another church called the Cathedral of St. Anastasia where we able to have a peek inside.

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We finished up near The Land Gate and then bought some cherry liquor and snapped a few more photos of the city.

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We finished up about 11:30 AM and then headed out on the road to Trogir an island town on the way to Split. Trogir has been around for 2300 years starting with the ancient Greeks,Romans, and Venetians and is now a UNESCO World heritage site. After a quick orientation after passing through the city gate, we struct out to see the fortress along the waterfront.

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We then headed down very picturesque city streets, all of which were breath-taking.

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The Cathedral of St. Lawrence has a bell tower that was worth the climb so we next set out of that and after climbing a 100+ steps

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After completing the journey we stopped for a Trogir Rafioli, thin dough filled with sweet crushed walnuts followed by a gelato.

At 3:30 PM we headed to Split where we arrived at 4:00 PM followed by a city tour (report coming tomorrow) and a dinner. We called it day after dinner.

Posted by Argenti Travel 16:02 Archived in Croatia

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