Just Frances

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With love from Zadar

This entry was posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: widowhood, walking, travel, random, pretty things, phd, paul, inspirations, holidays, happy, gallery, croatia, broken ankle

[Note: This is one of a series of Zadar posts with photos. The other two are: Zadar: A Catholic girl’s paradise and Zadar: Everyday life for an everyday girl.]

I love Zadar! I really do. I arrived here last Sunday for an academic conference and I will be travelling home tomorrow. But in this one week, I fell in love with Zadar.

Maybe it’s because I have a passion for old walled cities.

Maybe it’s because I really loved the fabulously warm weather and bright blue skies.

Maybe it’s because travel is good for the soul.

Or maybe it’s because of the hearts. The beautiful, love-filled graffiti hearts. They are spray painted on walls. They are etched into poured cement. And they are there to be found, randomly, by those who open their eyes to love.

This has been a bit of a difficult trip for me emotionally (and physically, thanks to my broken ankle rehabilitation). You see, Zadar is one of the cities Paul and I had on our “want to visit” list. But he’s gone, and that means I found myself exploring the city alone. Which can sometimes dampen my spirits, but knowing Paul “should have” been with me made it that much more difficult.

But there were a few wonderful moments where I didn’t feel as lonely. Like watching the sunset with a nice man* one evening. And chatting with some Franciscan and Benedictine nuns. And, of course, finding hearts. Lots and lots of hearts.

Anyone who follows me on Facebook will know that I love hearts, too. So to show how much I love Zadar, I thought I’d share a few of the graffiti hearts I’ve found over the past week. And early next week, you can expect a post of two about my adventures—with lots and lots of photos!

* Just a nice man who happened to be watching the same sunset as me, so we chatted. Don’t get all excited; he’s not a romantic connection!

With love from Zadar - Gallery


Wonderful, Zadar is indeed a very beautiful City - and full of hearts. Enjoy your trip!

by Matthias at 5:30pm (GMT) on September 24th, 2016

It was really wonderful! And SO MANY HEARTS! That made me smile so much. I’m home now, but I think I left a small piece of my heart behind in Zadar!

by Just Frances at 5:34pm (GMT) on September 25th, 2016

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