Skradin Photo Album – 1900

It’s not often that one comes across a 115 years old photo album of Dalmatia. I am sure that there are few still forgotten in some attics, old family houses… and I hope someone will recognize the beauty and value of those fading images.

Recently, I stumbled upon a beautiful photo album dating back to 1900.

The album

The album

The spread

The spread

The beauty of classical details

The beauty of classical details

It was a private album of Marasovic family that once owned most of Skradin region. The images were taken by Jerolim Marasović who was a son of a major of Skradin back then. Most of the images have been already seen and published in a 2009 book: Marasović – fotografska zbirka published by Joško and Nataša Zaninović by Krka National Park. The collection is now in Zadar’s Znanstvena knjižnica or Research Library of Zadar.

I have not seen the book so I was quite surprised when I got my hands on the album!

Here are just a few from the album that contains 28 images of Skradin and Skradin region.

Visovac monastery

Visovac monastery

Not the best of quality but again, this was a local amateur photographer.

Roski slap waterfalls

Roski slap waterfalls

Orthodox church in Kistanje

Orthodox church in Kistanje

I did not play with colors or filters and wanted to keep the authentic feel I have seen on the images in the album.

Hanging out with the locals

Hanging out with the locals

Sailing in style

Sailing in style

Streets of Skradin

Streets of Kistanje

Interior of Serbian Orthodox church in Kistanje (?)

Interior of Serbian Orthodox church in Kistanje (?)

Skradin 1900... no marina, no bridge, no trees

Skradin 1900… no marina, no bridge, no trees

Skradin from the water

Skradin from the water

And my favorite image:

Visiting the ruins of Burnum

Visiting the ruins of Roman military camp at Burnum

The images are simply fantastic and give instant goose bumps to everyone interested in our heritage and tradition!

Bash Bash Food Bar, Vodice

I am not the biggest fan of Vodice and their vision of “tourism”. It used to be a great place some 25 – 30 years back but it is just a big mess now and I avoid it as much as I can. I also tell all my clients to stay away as there is nothing to see or do there. Until this year, I was only going there to eat at Santa Maria which is still at the same level as when it opened some 20 years ago (great meat and interior).

Vodice harbor

Vodice harbor

But this year, a foodie bloggers community started buzzing about a new place. Some girls opened a food bar and named it Bash Bash. I had to go and give it a try.
One August afternoon, we decided to stop there for late lunch and it took us a bit to find it as traffic in Vodice is horrible and I was not sure where the place was. It is located on the main promenade, near the old school and behind the great monument to all the fallen anti-fascists of Vodice. Actually, quite easy to find.

Bash Bash

Bash Bash

Vodice are filled with bad touristy restaurants that have not changed their menu from the mid 70s. And then something like this opens… Simply a great idea!

It would have been even a better idea if they served food all day but the kitchen opens for dinner at 5 PM and we got there about 4:30 PM. Couple of cold ones helped me while waiting.

Getting ready

Love the design!

The menu is just great! Nothing pretentious, nothing crazy but just a selection of great classics -prepared with a creative twist – combined with some interesting touches, creative salads and cool bites. It was hard to make a choice and definitely was creative enough to make us want to return to taste more.

BashBash menu

BashBash menu

The food was great as expected! We ordered quite a bit and enjoyed everything!

Green peas soup...

Green peas soup…

Colors of BashBash

Colors of BashBash

And we especially loved the desserts!

Loved it!

Loved it!

All in all: a great place!

We enjoyed the modern cuisine, interpretation of classic and superb value for money. The service was also great and the waiter from Slavonia was especially kind and accommodation.

I hope they are having a great season and will maybe stay open through (at least) October and come back next May.

Finally a great place to recommend in Vodice. And we will be back!

Rocky beaches of Croatia – Koromašna, Murter

For most of us locals, rocky beaches are the best.
Flat rocky beaches, that is. Sand is fun for kids but not when you get past your teens. We only look for a nice, flat piece of rock by the sea and that’s it. Luckily, there are numerous great rocky beaches all over the coast. Quite popular ones, in the central part of the coast, are the beaches of Murter: Kosirina and Koromašna.

Koromašna bay

Koromašna bay

Koromašna is located on the western coast of Murter and easily accessed from Jezera village. Just make a first right towards the historic Sv Roko church and continue straight. Some parking place is available but not too much. The entire bay is formed of flat rocks and there are dozens and dozens of great spots!

Beats any sandy beach!

Beats any sandy beach!

The entire bay is quite nice and especially in Spring when there is an abundance of beautiful flowers!

Bušin | White-rock rose (Cistus salvifolius)

Bušin | White-rock rose (Cistus salvifolius)

oštrolist | golden drop (Onosma echioides)

Rumenjača| Golden drop (Onosma echioides)

The name Onosma comes from Greek word for donkey as it’s roots smell like donkey. Croatian name is much more interesting! Rumenjača means something red and the flower is always white. However, the roots of rumenjača were the main source of red pigment used for millennia on the shores of Mediterranean!

Crveni ranjenik | Common kidney-vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Crveni ranjenik | Common kidney-vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Vlasnati zmijak | Villous viper grass (Scorzonera villosa)

Vlasnati zmijak | Villous viper grass (Scorzonera villosa)

Villous viper grass is a fascinating plant! Its name comes from a belief that the roots of this flower are good for extracting snake poison. Its “cousin” from Ural mountain has been used for ages in getting a very high quality rubber.

Bertolonijeva kokica | Bertoloni's bee orchid (Ophyrs bertolonii)

Bertolonijeva kokica | Bertoloni’s bee orchid (Ophyrs bertolonii)

Bertoloni’s bee orchid is Croatia’s best known orchid and we have about 170 different orchids. All of them are protected and endangered so please do not pick them.

Sredozemna sjekirica | goat pea (Securigera securidaca)

Sredozemna sjekirica | Goat pea (Securigera securidaca)

So, exploring the bay, flowers and beaches, one easily gets to very pretty, tiny island of Murtar. The island is connected to main island of Murter by a narrow stretch and everyone can walk across without getting wet feet when the tide is low. There are some great flat rocks all around the island.

Murtar

Murtar

Pure paradise!

Koromašna bay is best visited out of peak season as the place is quite popular and a bit crowded. But again, it is one of those places with perfect rocky beaches for perfect day on the water!

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