"hey Mum... this is warmer than Long Lake."
After four days of close to 40 degrees in Zagreb, we took a pleasant bus ride to Primosten on the Dalmation Coast. Our apartment is large, airy, and close to the beach. After a coffee in a cafe overlooking the harbor, we headed out for a swim and the boys were thrilled with the temperature...as was I! The beach is rocky but more comfortable to sit on then we expected and the water is as blue as the pictures.
Despite the heat, we enjoyed our time in the capital. We stayed near the British Square, which is an enjoyable 15 minute walk from the main square. To beat the heat, we went to the local swimming pool and admired the evocative Tito era architecture for the people. One interesting design feature of some of the tiles surrounding the various pools was that they were significant heat attractors. This made it virtually impossible to sit or lie down.
We enjoyed our walk around the Upper Town where we visited the very poignant Museum of Broken Relationships...I am hoping to borrow the idea to open one in Whitehorse. Basically you ask people for donations of objects from their past relationships and have them write up a little blurb. Some were funny like the frisbee "so if my boyfriend ever darkened the door of a cultural institution, which would be a first in his life, he would know immediately that this was about him and dumb gift that he gave me on our 2nd anniversary", many contributors were mad, and lots of the items were sad, like the letter written by a 13 yr old Serbian boy to give to a girl that he meet while fleeing his home during the war. She left before he had a chance to give it to her.
Max and Nils also went to the Museum of Naive Art. This is a renowned school of untrained (primitive) artists. It is an ecclectic collection of primarily stylized Croatian folk scenes. The presentation of the characters is expressionistic and the colour choices border on psychedelic. Max felt that a number of them would make perfect Metal band covers. He suggests that you look up Ivan Vecenaj's masterpiece, "Evangelists on Calvary" on Google.
We are off to swim now and enjoy this beach town.