A Fairy Tale Town Carved Out of History and Stone::Trogir, Croatia pt 2

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The Town Museum, located in the old part of the Garagnin – Fanfogna palace, is the perfect start for your voyage through Trogir’s rich history.

Then stroll over to the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a 13th century masterpiece. The main portal was elaborately carved by Master Radovan. Note the nude figurines of Adam and Eve, the first in Dalmatian sculpture, located on either side of the entranceway.

Don’t miss the Kamerlengo Fortress, an imposing Venetian defense citadel, where a climb to the top of the walls nets you picture perfect views of the sea and village. The castle’s interior courtyard is now a favorite site for summer concerts and events.

The Farmers Market offers one-stop shopping for the finest fish, meat and produce. Everything sparkled with freshness and was either caught, picked or cooked mere moments before. I stopped at farmer Katrina’s booth, where she proudly offered me a sample of the first-of-the-season cherries. She was one of the few English speaking farmers and was very sweet about answering all my produce questions. Many vendors sell homemade fruit (fig, cherry, pear) or herbal brandy, slivovitz, and port. Paukovic, a tall, charming booze salesman confided in me that even though “his woman makes it and he just sells it” he guarantees that his drinks are the best and proudly pointed to the bottles labeled with the words “By Authority.” After a few tastings I heartily concurred.

There are many more historical monuments worth visiting, however, to really take in the essence of Trogir, it’s important to sit and relax at one the numerous cafes, such as Fontana’s, and simply watch the world go by. This town really comes alive at night, where vendors line the Riva (waterfront promenade) selling everything from fragrant lavender oil collected from the nearby hills to landscape paintings made by a multitude of local artists. A variety of free outdoor entertainment with mimes, fire twirlers, and acapella singers all vie for your attention.

Posted by Janice Nieder on June 05, 2009 in Travel

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