Leisurely walk along the Riva
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October 12th, 2008 – by: hoangn
We decide to head to the beach and have a drink at Porthos, Kolovare beach, a place that Denis recommended. It is about a 15 min walk from the south gate. Again the place is heaving with locals having a coffee. Not many swimmers on the beach the water is freezing cold but there are a few sun worshippers in their bikini's, my guess is that they tourists and that is confirmed when we walk past and hear english accents. I am only brave enough to stick my big toe into the sea. Maybe tomorrow I say to myself.
Four o'clock arrives unnoticed and its time for me to meet Lara, fellow TravBuddy companion. We have arranged to meet at Kult cafe, chosen from the Lonely Planets guide of Croatia. The place is quiet, only a few people sitting out on the terrace... having a coffee.
Lucky for me Lara is very nice, easy to talk to and knowledgeable about the town. It feels so much more comfortable having a local walk you around town than trying to follow a map that doesn't have all ten street names. We start on the Riva, it is peaceful and stunning especially during sunset. The beauty is that it is undisturbed by cheap stall vendors cluttered on the sea front, like many other seaside towns. The paving on the promenade is shining in the sun and the water is glistening, the islands in the distance makes a picturesque backdrop and the cherry on the top is the red skyline.
Right beside the organ is the "Greeting of the sun". A huge circle created with panels of glass performs a disco array of light after dark. On the outer circle, the patron saints of Zadar are engraved. When the lights are going at full force and the city is dark it feels like if you step off the edge you could fall right into the sea. This was not listed in the Lonely planets guide but well worth a look.
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