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Date: 20th May 2017


Today we went to Zadar - badly bombed in WW2 but still showing some spectacular architecture.

The bombing exposed a Roman Forum in front of the 9th Century Church of St. Donat which was predominantly built from Roman remains - so recycling is nothing new. They say there is nothing new under the sun.

Visited a Benedictine Convent - the nuns are no longer an enclosed order although very small in number - 20 I think and mostly aged. It would seem that the Catholic Church doesn’t attract the men and women to a vocation like it used to do.

During WW2 this order of nuns hid the Church treasure in a nearby steeple knowing that the Airmen wouldn’t bomb it because it was used as a landmark. They have preserved an incredible heritage of Reliquaries. Sadly we were not allowed to take photos in the small museum. I didn’t mind thinking that it was because they wanted us to buy their own postcards but there were none of these priceless treasures so I cannot share the beauty with you.

One of the nuns - Mother Joan - told me, when I mentioned my associiation with Canterbury Cathedral, that Pope Augustine 111, who canonised Thomas Becket, made a visit to the Cathedral in Zadar and there is a plaque to this effect on the wall.

Very strange - I told the nun that her habit was very similar to that of the nuns who taught me - the Daughters of Jesus.  One of our party overheard this conversation and asked what Convent I attended.  When I said St. Joseph's, Abbey Wood, Coleen told me that she too had been there and we missed each other by a year.  She told me of the tragic death in a car crash of our headmistress, Mother Dominic and I, in turn, told her about one of our favourite nuns who'd renounced the order, Mother Mary David who reverted to her name of Evelyn Magold.  Isn't it a small world!

We also visited the Sea Organ which is played by Mother Nature. It is a series of pipes under the water with ‘stops’ in the paving like a real organ. Although it was a wet and windy day, our guide said we were fortunate because it is the waves which play the music and on a still sunny day there’s no concert. Sure enough a few of us went back that way a few hours later when the wind had dropped and the sun was shining - No music.

There was a Roman Museum which I’d love to have visited but time was against us.

As I’ve explained before, I can only put one photo in each blog so I will share with you a photo of the Church of St. Donat with the remains of the Roman Forum. And when I get home I will try to find time to put some photos of the Croatian adventure into the Photo Gallery http://justyousinglesholidays


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