Souvenirs. Can't do without 'em
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Along the promenade at the Roman Forum there are stands lined up, looking colorful, cheery and exiting. And then I approach them to check out the goods and it gives me a rash. They sell souvenirs. Souvenirs that have absolutely nothing to do with the city nor the country. Because they are made in the Far East, little plastic dolphins with 'Zadar' written on them, boxes decorated with plastic shells and 'Zadar' written on them, necklaces with pendants with 'Zadar' written on them, ashtrays, cups and plates with 'Zadar'written on them, and so on and so forth. My appologies to the Far East people, I know you are a hard working, friendly people, but the overflow of cheap junk products pretending to carry a dalmatian memory seems just not right to me. Especially since there ARE real dalmatian souvenirs to bring back home and enjoy the memory.
In Zadar there are a few stores where you can find them. My favorite one is the little shop "Lik", located in the Petrizio Palace on Don Ive Prodana Street, a side street just down St. Simeon church. A tiny little shop selling locally produced original dalmatian souvenirs. And there's the Gallery "More" on the Kalelarga, the main street, right next to the archeology museum. "Lik" is selling t-shirts with a unique print: the islands and dalmatian cities shown as spots of a dalmatian dog, a work by local designer and shop owner Ljubica. Then there are the traditional "bičve" - wool socks with a traditional design, made by farmers from the hinterland. Besides of ceramic and wooden art made by local artists, at the gallery "More" you can also find "Aromatica" -products, a croatian firm that makes soaps, shampoos, bath salts, oils, etc, made with regional herbs. A very beautiful and valueable souvenir is the Lace of Pag - "Paška čipka". It's mostly sold framed, and even small pieces can get a price of up to 1000,00 kn (ca. 140 €). If you make a trip to the island of Pag, and to the town of Pag you might get it cheaper directly from the producer, that is the local ladies who usually have them on display in their home windows.