Through The Viewfinder and What Alice Found There
When I finished uni back in May I went straight into full time work which has been great. It's my first opportunity to earn some real money and work in a creative environment while doing so! Although I am enjoying it, I have to admit full time work is already taking its toll on me - it was difficult to begin with after so long of making my own routine, and all of a sudden having to work 9-5, Monday - Friday, but last week I managed to get away and escape for 7 beautiful days in paradise and have a well-earned rest from all things officey!
One day about 6 months ago, when feeling snowed under by final uni deadlines, I decided to book myself a trip. I didn't have anywhere specific in mind but after a little bit of research I discovered the beautiful landscapes of Croatia just waiting to be explored! Next thing you know, flights have been booked and last week we jet off on our adventure. We flew to Zadar and stayed in a self-catering apartment about 10 mins out of the centre. Zadar is a fairly modern and built up town along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, but we didn't spend much time in that part of the town. On a small peninsula running parallel to the mainland lies the Old Town of Zadar - an ancient town surrounded by the remains of city walls and gates from long ago. When entering the gates you instantly feel like you'e been transported back in time to the Roman age - it's amazing! The streets are cobbled and narrow, with tall, colourful buildings and pretty little balcony's all lined up. The streets all connect to form a maze dotted with cute cafes, bakeries, ice cream parlours, and shops selling local produce, with stunning architecture throughout.
There are various churches and bell towers stretching into the sky, with the remains of Roman temples dotted around giving the whole place a very historic feel. Along the front is a lovely walk along by the sea leading to the Sea Organ - some huge marble steps that create music from the waves of the sea and some tubes set within the steps. We had a full day exploring the Old Town and soon began to feel at home, venturing back there most evenings to eat at just some of the many amazing restaurants on offer.
The rest of the week was filled with adventures - a boat cruise to the Kornati Islands National Park which included a stop off at a private island for exploring and swimming, a trip to the nearby town of Nin (another Old Town with amazing architecture, much less tourists, and a gorgeous sandy lagoon), day trips to Krka National Park to swim in the waterfalls, and to Plitvice Lakes to see the pristine turquoise waters. We also took a boat to the nearby island of Uglijan to have a beach day and go snorkelling - we soon realised there was no sandy beach there so instead we sunbathed on a concrete slab! At least the snorkelling was still good...
Overall we had a fantastic time. The landscapes in Croatia are just stunning and the sea was amazingly blue and crystal clear! It was a great place to go for a more adventurous holiday in comparison to a beach holiday - there are loads of places to explore, a ton of good walks to do, and some great snorkelling spots! I would definitely recommend Croatia to anyone - one of my favourite things about it was how quaint and medieval the towns and villages feel, almost completely untouched by modern day developments.
Plus, there were loads of cute cats!
Landscape & travel photographer from Cumbria, UK.