Join ABBA for a Trip to the Kornati Islands

As the boat left Zadar, we were served coffee, juice and wine, while the speaker system at the boat started playing Waterloo followed by Dancing Queen and most of the ABBA-Gold collection.

I had reserved place on a smaller boat to take me on an excursion yesterday to the Kornati Islands. At 8.30 in the morning when all 45 people had boarded the boat, we went off still half sleeping, mostly wishing not to have spent 270kn for getting pulled out of bed on an early Sunday morning.

Setting sail for Kornati

As the boat, which was a nice small wooden boat (I know nothing of boats), left Zadar, we were served coffee, juice and wine, while the speaker system at the boat started playing Waterloo followed by Dancing Queen and most of the ABBA-Gold collection.

Alongside a nice fresh breeze, the music woke me as we sailed under the bridge between the islands of Ugljan and Pašman and on to Dugi Otok, where we had a look at the very tall cliffs. Though we didn’t sail to where the tallest point of the cliffs where, we were told that it was 166m, which is not far from the tallest point in all of Denmark.

Cliffs in Kornati

So you can imagine how I looked almost falling over the side of the ship gazing upwards. Unlike me the French tourists where far from impressed, stating: We have ‘s’is in Saint Tropez alsouuu and on ‘s’e sou’s’ coast of France it’s ‘s’e same. Good for you!

While unimpressed my fellow passengers were nice, and it wasn’t long before they too were gawking – because maybe they have the cliffs, but not the moon landscape islands which we afterwards drifted by.

Crystal blue waters at Kornati

Have we travelled to the moon?

It was a beautiful sight. Unbelievable. Like being on the moon – except off course from the surrounding water! We had a nice lunch consisting of an entire fish and a pork steak each. And I who haven’t really had proteins for some days started changing my idea of “on Sundays it’s best to sleep long”. Afterwards, I climbed the rocky mountain of the island, we were on. Not that it was high, but it was mainly grass, thorns and karst, which was far from comfortable with my flip-flops. I believe the guide on the boat thought I was some crazy adrenalin seeking traveller!

I’ve taken way too many photos on this trip and added the best to the gallery below.

On the Boat
Kornati Islands
Kornati Islands
Kornati Islands
Kornati Islands
The Cliffs of Dugi Otok
The Cliffs of Dugi Otok
Me on the Boat
Kornati Islands
Dugi Otok
Stone House on Dugi Otok
Dugi Otok
The Boat waiting at Dugi Otok
The Boat waiting at Dugi Otok
Lunch
The Kornati Islands
The Kornati Islands
Kornati Islands

We returned home to Zadar, where I went to a café I’d discovered yesterday and afterwards strait to bed, dreaming of deserted islands and the moon.

What a day!

Zofka

Zadar 7 Hours in a Bus, Sightseeing and a Big Computer Hell

With my camera in one hand and a bottle of water in the other, I walked, what seemed to me, all the streets of this magnificent city.

Yesterday, I arrived in Zadar. I was more than tired as I returned since I’d spent seven hours from early morning in a bus, driving down the Croatian coast. Fortunately, I sat on the right side of the bus, and had a constant and beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea, as it slowly changed colour as the morning progressed.

At the steps in Zadar

When I finally arrived and after finding the hostel, it was already past midday. The question arising was whether I should just stay on the beach and relax or if I should take a trip into the historic centre of Zadar. Not wanting to loose out on exploring the city, I chose the latter.

Church in Zadar

With my camera in one hand and a bottle of water in the other, I walked, what seemed to me, all the streets of this magnificent city. In the afternoon not many tourists had left the beach area of Borik, so I found the centre quite nice and relaxed, though with a little too many souvenir shops.

In the shop where I bought the sunblock – which I at this time really need, considering the temperature are 30+° C – I got a chat with a local who, as many before her, was happily surprised that I could utter a few phrases in Croatian and began rapidly explaining everything in the local tongue.

Women at the Church in Zadar

What we talked about, I have no idea, but I asked her for a place to eat which was good and known by the locals. After a little more sightseeing I entered the Dva Ribara which she had shown me on the map and had a nice tortelini sa sirom, which I enjoyed fully after the half-dry bread I had been making myself eat as breakfast on the bus.

Zadar Old Town 03

Internet is not a Croatian phenomenon

As I was now full and energetic I started looking for an internet café and here I would like to give Zadar a minus. At the first internet café I went into I wasn’t allowed to use USB-access. The second was at the hostel where I spent two hours with a very slow connection that I finally gave up on. I feel like I’ve spent most of my time searching for USB-access in Zadar, just so my mother can be sure I’m okay. What you wouldn’t do for your mother.

Zadar street

On my second day, I’ve finally found a proper internet access, but aye no way to connect my camera.

I think I deserve to spend the rest of the day shopping and at the beach

Sunset over Zadar

So let’s start the day and see where it leads us!

Zofka