It is not an exaggeration to say that both the Significant Other and I left a piece of our heart in the drop dead gorgeous country of Croatia. We spent close to 10 days in Croatia and had a tough time explaining to friends and family, why we decided to spend so much time here. To be honest I knew zilch about this country before planning this trip. I did not even know the capital of Croatia is Zagreb! My only points of reference were that Yugoslavia had been divided into a few countries, Croatia is one of them. Goran Ivanisevic belongs to Croatia and finally good old Game of Thrones is shot in Croatia, so going there with the in-house Jon Snow had to happen. I'll be doing a more detailed post on the Game of Thrones locations in the next post. This one is only about Zadar- the city with "the most beautiful sunset in the world" as described by Alfred Hitchcock.
We land in Zagreb from Paris expecting some food in the Air-France/Croatian Airlines flight and are given olives and cheese in a little box and some good Croatian wine to drink. Am afraid, that did not qualify as food for us :( Landed in this really small, cute airport, sat in the airport bus and went to the main bus station to catch a bus to our first destination Zadar. Since this is December, the sun sets early, so by 4:00 it is dark. Mind you we have only eaten 2 pieces of olive and cheese till now. The brain does not function on an empty belly. So forget knowing where to board the bus, we had to find out where can grab a bite first. 1 Croatian Kuna is close to 10 rupees, so we did not feel very impoverished here, we felt slightly poor. With the Euro, we felt poverty-stricken! We boarded our bus to Zadar soon after and reached at around 9:30 with a journey time of 3 hours. A bit about bus travel in Croatia. Trains here are not very frequent. Their bus service however is excellent, reasonable and absolutely punctual. I had booked all bus tickets from www.buscroatia.com in advance and had to only carry prints of the tickets. It was very convenient.
Our AirBNB home in Zadar was right next to the bus station but wait did I mention that it was raining? Or that we didn't have an umbrella? Our considerate host Renata picked us up from the bus station and drove us to her home which was literally 100 mtrs away! 9:30 pm felt like midnight. For dinner we were introduced to the Cevapi ,a balkan dish consisting of grilled meat/kebabs on a flatbread similar to our naan. The cevapi was meaty and filling. We ordered a Cevapi and a greek salad at a fast-food restaurant at the bus station and it came in pretty fast. I was taken aback by the amount of cheese on the salad. Isn't that absolutely atrocious!