Šibenik

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Bridge over the river Krka
We left the water long enough to drive about 20 miles south to the "big city" of Šibenik. On the way we stopped at the bridge over the mouth of the Krka River, where the Adriatic extends miles inland to meet the river in a narrow, brackish gorge.  The bridge has alternating signs allowing bungee jumping, and little memorials and flowers - we decided against jumping...

Šibenik is an ancient port with a nice harbor and narrow, winding canyon-like alleys.  It sounds like this was done so that the buildings would shade each other and the alleys are curved to slow the ever blowing coastal winds. As with most cities of the time it is built on the hillsides surrounding a fort and cathedral.  Most of buildings are limestone block and red clay roofs, and the city is dense and tall, I'm guessing to fit inside the city walls.
Mouth of the river Krka
  Cargo ships can be seen navigating the narrow passages between the islands offshore to reach the port. 

It was still the end of the high season for tourists so the waterfront area still looked like a big swapmeet with vendors selling every kind of souvenir.  For the locals, farmers from throughout the region were selling vegetables at a permanent farmer's market.  It's obviously a good growing region, I've never seen such good produce. 

It's a beautiful place.  Everything has been kept up or restored over the years, and the narrow streets of the old city are too steep and narrow for cars.  If it were larger, you could get lost in the maze of narrow passages and stairways twisting through the tall, close packed stone buildings.  The only down side is the newer parts of town where heavy traffic clogs the narrow streets.  We stayed long enough to see the sights and get some supplies, but quickly headed home to our beloved beach and ocean.

I had mentioned something about liking watermelon, so Zvonka went on a mission to find one on the way home. We visited markets, grocery stores, fruit sellers- I was going to have that watermelon, she's very persistent! We finally found one at a German grocery chain and had our watermelon for lunch.
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Bridge over the river Krka
Bridge over the river Krka
Mouth of the river Krka
Mouth of the river Krka
Buildings were built close to each…
Buildings were built close to eac…
Head
Head
Long ago Croatians
Long ago Croatians
Downtown Šibenik
Downtown Šibenik
Narrow, stone streets
Narrow, stone streets
Strong, old door
Strong, old door
The channel leading to Šibenik
The channel leading to Šibenik
Narrow enterance to the bay
Narrow enterance to the bay
Graveyard (again) under the fort -…
Graveyard (again) under the fort …
Creepy crypt- well, as creepy as a…
Creepy crypt- well, as creepy as …
Carved limestone at the cathedral
Carved limestone at the cathedral
Modern Šibenik from old Šibenik
Modern Šibenik from old Šibenik
Looking down from the graveyard on…
Looking down from the graveyard o…
Ever-present red roofs
Ever-present red roofs
Lace out to dry
Lace out to dry
Sibenik
photo by: asturjimmy