Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Traveldiary Croatia. Best Places in Zadar

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

My decision to try a real Low budget Vacation was more fun than I thought it would be. I just had the goal to relax and find some time to reflect about the past two years of my sabbatical, where I mainly concentrated on my artistic work in a screen print studio. The plan was not to exceed a budget of 350 Euros in one week including transportation, hotel, excursions, food and souvenirs. Guess what? It was much easier than expected.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Why the ancient city from the late Stone Age?

Archaeological finds tell us about a significant growth of economy and culture, interesting but not so much my point of interest, even if I love Roman forums.

But the main reason for my choice were 3 things:

  1. The Sea Organ – In 2006 Croatian architect Nikola Bašić received the European Prize for Urban Public Space in Barcelona for his Zadar Sea Organ project.
  2. The Greeting 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. Under the glass conduction plates there are photo-voltage solar modules through which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound. (source: read more)
  3. A restaurant called Pet Bunara. Seasonal-reginal-organic food and a secret recipe for fig-cake from the families own fig plantage nearby.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

I stayed in the beautiful Boutique Hostel Forum in the middle of the Old Town of Zadar. The best idea I could have. My accommodation had all I always expect from a place out of home: Clean sheets, a comfortable bed including a good cushion, free (and actually working) WiFi and power points (at least two). I had it all! And complimentary Mini Breakfast to Go delivered to my door, which was great because I wanted to have my breakfast next to the harbor daily, to be exact: on the steps of the Sea Organ,

but I didn’t only spend most of the mornings there.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

I planned my days around the sunset too, as I didn’t want to miss the very special evening atmosphere  at that magical place.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

And hundreds of other people thought the same way.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Every Sunset is so very different from the last one, that I started to gave them names like Monet-Sunset

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

or NIckelback Rock.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Falling in love into the City is easy. The narrow streets with the mirroring stone floors mixed with the smell of sea salt and the bluest sky let you forget that there are any troubles around the corner of your mind.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

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And the sun does its magic on the ancient walls too. On the right side of the tower you can see the Hostel. Can you imagine, why I loved to have a break on my bed in the afternoon and enjoy the view?

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Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

For just 15 Kunas you can climb the bell tower from 9AM to 10PM and you should really consider to do that during the blue hour.

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I chose a morning walk up the stairs and enjoyed the birds view very much.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

But after sometime I wanted to see a bit of the beaches and took a very long walk along the seaside.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

I should have listened to the student who recommended to visit Kolovare with a rented bicycle, because it was really quiet the walk, especially the way back to town in the afternoon heat.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

I’m a bit sorry, that I have not taken the time to visit the University more closely. What a place to study!

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

One little trick to visit the marina on the other side of the old town, which is actually a peninsula, watch out on this small rusty sign:

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

And for 5 Kunas a tiny little boat saves you from a half hour walk around the town over the bridge …

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

The Marina side with the famous Maraska Building, you might know from their liqueur Maraschino or Orahovac, the so-called Maraska specialties, is equally interesting and both sides have their own charming places.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

What is a holiday by the sea without a boat trip?

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Mainly there where offered 3 excursions:

  • Plitvice National Park Lakes (I visited the place two years ago),
  • Kornati Islands (I want to do that next time, but for a week not a day) and
  • Krka Waterfalls (besides I visited the place in the past: too many families)

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

And then I found a casual 3-hours boat ride to Sakarun Beach on the island Dugi Otok, which you see all day from Zadar. The boat took us sailing towards the islands Tri Sestrice, Sestrunj, Molat, Zverinac,

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

we passed the remains of a sunken ship, the 41m high lighthouse Veli Rat before we arrived at the protected natural area of Sakarun.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

The lagune was wonderful, but the beach with the big (and hot) stones not my cup of tea.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

But I enjoyed the boat trip on the sea very much, even if I had wished for a better tourist guide, who would tell some stories during the 3 hours ride, especially for 40 Euros (not Kuna) per person.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Unfortunately I didn’t see dolphins :-(

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Back in Zadar I was happy to leave the boat and the sun, because I really not just got sun kissed that day and was up for a very cold croatian drafted beer. But that is another story.

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

Stay tuned for my next post with all Café and Restaurant recommendations in Zadar. Meanwhile have fun reading my travel diary, I wrote, during my holidays on my austrian foodblog: VanportraitKitchen

Travel Diary Croatia: ZADAR

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Low Budget Travel to Croatia

Booking a luxury holiday is easy. But what about a low budget trip? I was wondering, if you can travel spontaneously in the middle of the summer high season with a very limited budget, even if you are not a teenager anymore and used to various amenities in life.

So I took the next bus to Croatia and landed in the middle of the night in Zadar.
Read more in german here: 

Teil 5. Abschied.

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Hard Rock Café Wien

Hard Rock Cafe Vienna

Hard Rock Café Wien

Friday Night I saw a tweet from HRC Vienna, and it was clear, that we wouldn’t wait a week. Sunday evening was the perfect time for a family dinner.

Hard Rock Café Wien

We expected a full restaurant and where surprised that even the shop was fully packed like there would be offered something great for free. Thanks to our HRC-Rewards Membership (yes we are a #hrcfamily ;-) ), it didn’t take any longer than 5 minutes to get a beautiful table on the top floor.

Hard Rock Café Wien

We wouldn’t need a Menu, as everyone knew what he wanted to order. Me? Caesars Salad of course. The others? Burgers of course.

Hard Rock Café Wien

The Hard Rock Café staff was excited like hell, but super friendly. They even brought our drinks twice in all their excitement.

So here`s to Hard Rock Café and the perfect start in Vienna: Cheers! #thisishardrock

Hard Rock Café Wien

Everyone was super satisfied with drinks and meals and we couldn’t be more happy, that we have another family-dinner place to celebrate our private events.

Hard Rock Café Wien

It seemed that the Café had opened months ago, not 2 days ago. Every seat and table booked. Both Bars fully packed. What a start.

Hard Rock Café Wien

I felt a bit sorry for the service, that they didn’t have a minute to get used to their new working-place, but they did such a great job. Every table cleaned the second someone left and new guests on their way upstairs.

Hard Rock Café Wien

And then it was time for some souvenirs to remember the first weekend of Hard Rock Café in Vienna. T-Shirts for every family member :-)

Hard Rock Café Wien

Hard Rock Café Wien

Rotenturmstrasse 25

1010 Vienna

(2 min. walk from U4 station Schwedenplatz)

Hard Rock Café Wien

Coming back soon not only for some Vienna Pins, for my collection from 20 years of visiting around the world.

Hard Rock Café Wien

All pics ©windowsofvienna.com

see the YT-video by Hard Rock Café for more impressions: