Grad Split

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  • Day18


    June 21, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Although the train was late in the evening arriving, the front of the popular Croatian seaside resort of Split was bustling with bars and restaurants as I made my way to my lovely modernised studio apartment in the old town. What did we do before Google maps? The town reminded me of a very upmarket Blackpool, busy mainly with young people from all over Europe on holiday.

    After a good night’s sleep I set off to find the main attraction of Split - Diocletian’s Palace - built as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD, only to find it was virtually on my doorstep. I enjoyed a guided walking tour of this fascinating place from a somewhat zany guide, who seemed like she had had had too many years on the wacky backy.

    Given the heat again, I headed for the city beach in the afternoon, only a 15 minute walk away and enjoyed a lovely swim in the sea. Two British lads were showing off their sporting prowess in the water - throwing a frisbee to each other while holding a can of lager. Then in the evening off to cross the Adriatic once again, only a bit further north, this time from Split, Croatia to Ancona, Italy.

    Farewell Croatia, it’s been nice getting to know you, even although it’s been all too short.
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  • Day18

    More Zagreb

    June 21, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Did I say what a beautiful city Zagreb was? Had a lovely walk around today again in the warm sunshine. Took in Ban Jelačić Square - the main meeting point; the twin towered Cathedral of the Assumption of our Blessed Virgin Mary - the emblem of the city; the Dolac fruit and vegetable market; the Botanic Gardens; and some of the lovely Art Nouveau buildings that dot the city. Took the world’s shortest passenger cable railway up to the Upper Town and it was even prettier, with its cobbled streets, St Mark’s Church and the Stone Gate.

    Not one for museums when the sun is shining, I couldn’t resist the Museum of Broken Relationships. This very unusual museum was recommended to me by my friend Lorraine Wilson, in her book Facing Forwards, about her 3 month solo train trip round Europe which has been an inspiration for my trip. Well worth a read. The exhibits have been donated by members of the public and each have a short explanation of how it related to the end of a relationship. It was powerful and I was in floods more than once. To console visitors, the attached café offered ‘beers as cold as your ex’s heart.’

    To recover from all that emotion, I treated myself to afternoon tea at the fabulous Esplanade Hotel, built in 1925 to provide top-notch accommodation for passengers on the Orient Express, which made one of its stops at Zagreb. Apparently the locals were shocked at a performance by provocative dancer Josephine Baker in 1929.

    All too soon it was back in the rails and off to the Croatian coastal resort of Split, with beautiful lush scenery all the way. But I loved Zagreb and will be back.
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  • Day1

    Split es a ferry

    August 2, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Na szóval az úgy történt, hogy igaz hogy két hete jöttünk meg Toscanabol, de valahogy beficcent meg egy nyaralás. :) Egy hét Horvatorszag: első fele Marci kiterjesztett családjával, második fele pedig vitorlázás a kubaiakkal. Azert ez így nem rossz.

    Szerda hajnalban indulás, hnegyed óra csúszással, mert Marcus hajnali kettőig editalt szegényem és én is nehezen keltem. Viharsebes kocsiut Splitig, szerencsesen elkerülve a dugókat, és meg arra is volt egy orank komp indulasig, hogy besetaljunk az ovarosba (nem tudtuk, hogy ilyen gyönyörű, vissza kell jonni!), igyunk egy söcit/proseccot és elérjük a kompot is. Utóbbi annyira tele volt, hogy nem hogy a légkondis lenti részen nem találtunk helyet, hanem meg a fedelzeten is csak a tűző napon. Sebaj, ha az élet citromot dobott, csinálj belőle limonadet!:) szóval kocsiban gyors átöltözes strand szerkoba, majd két óra full napozás és fagyizas a fedélzeten. :)

    Hvaron Marci családja már nagyon várt minket, ők par napja érkeztek. Itt vannak a szülei, Anna Thomassal, es ráadásul Thomas norvég családja is (szülők, teso baratnovel és két csodaszép szupercuki gyerkoccel)- nepes kis tábor. Anna szuper hazat foglalt közel a parthoz, nagy vacsi, majd borozás, pezsizes és dalolós gitarest.
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  • Day60


    June 6, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    Stuart had been bitten by a mosquito on leaving Dubrovnik. It wasn't until we arrived in Kastel Luksic that we realised his foot was hugely swollen and he was struggling to walk. He could've done with rubbing the foot of your man Bishop Grgur Ninski instead of posing with him - it is said to bring you good luck - but we forgot about that.

    The bite was a few days ago and therefore I thought he could easily manage the 303 stairs to view Split from the Marjan Peninsula once we had seen it from the ground! He did but we didn't do too much walking around once we were up there as he was in quite a bit of discomfort. I am a very thoughtful wife!

    Split is an Old Town - like a mini Dubrovnik - with the modern town growing up around it. It was a half hour bus ride from where we are staying. I preferred it to Dubrovnik as whilst it had the same marble roads and stone buildings, it definitely has a more chilled out vibe. Our guide describes it as a 'hectic' place but maybe we were there on a quiet day but I didn't get that impression at all.

    Through the Bronze Gate of the Old Town you get to the port from where you can travel to the various Islands. Many people advised us to visit the Islands - in particular Havr - but on our budget it'll have to wait for another time.

    Whilst Stuart was nursing his elephant foot, I have been suffering from the heat.. arms are all bumpy 😳. This gave us a perfect excuse to head to the air conditioned cinema in one of the shopping malls. As you will know we love going to the cinema and this one did not disappoint. We already knew that Croatians watched films in English with Croatian subtitles, one of the many reasons they speak such good English! Relaxing in the big seats of a near empty cinema to watch Wonder Woman for about £3 each, can't complain!

    The day was topped off at Sexy Cow, a fast food place we had found on good ole Tripadvisor. Great filled wraps with lots of flavour and I just loved the name :)
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  • Day5


    November 1, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Starting off the morning with a city walking tour. Excellent tour guide. Explored the palace we had wandered through last night on our own. Afterwards had some time to sit on the waterfront for a cup of coffee and some pastries and do some shopping in the town. Rain clouds gathered around noon just in time for our departure to Dubrovnik. We’ll be traveling about 4 hours to get there, passing through Bosnia-Herzegovina on our way

    For and interesting look into the history of the tie (explains the picture) -

    Made it to hotel in Dubrovnik around 5pm. Huge property out on the water. Super fast internet speeds - 140mbs downloads and 200mbs uploads. Wish we got that back home. Went downstairs for Gate1 provided Buffett. Holy moly! It was like a food circus! Can’t believe the amount and variety of food being served. Sat down with Tony and Diane from New Jersey (he a State trooper working in Emergency Mgmt and she an attorney working in helping with the Aging (hey, she can be my attorney!). We became great friends almost immediately. Had a great time chatting with them and discussing all the places each of us has been. Heading for the rack around 10pm. City walking tour in the morning, then some free time in the afternoon before heading to Montenegro on Saturday.
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  • Day86

    Day 84

    August 22, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    After a very big sleep in this morning we headed off to the beach/not such a beach. We are very privileged back home with our beaches. There was a small muddy bit of sand and the rest was concrete. We spent the afternoon there and then went out for a lovely dinner and then watched the sun set at the port while eating ice cream🍦Read more

  • Day64


    October 2, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After an exciting journey into Split with some storms and flash flooding, we managed to find a lovely little apartment right in the centre of town and even squeezed the bike up the stairs too!
    I had my first ever Hugo cocktail, my new favourite and dangerously cheap! Beautiful old town and amazing sunset, deceptively tasty looking ice cream (totally gross!) but the local dish of cuttlefish and squid ink risotto was deeeeelicious.Read more

  • Day4

    Arrived Split Croatia

    October 31, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Arrived hotel around 5pm. Heading out for dinner with the group at 6:15. Enjoyed an evening of wine, food and a great duo

    Later wandered the streets till we bumped into Diocletian’s Palace. Awesome. More on that tomorrow (Thursday)

  • Day34

    Marjan Park

    May 17, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    In the afternoon, after our trip to the fish market, we went to Marjan park, right next to the city centre. It reminded us of Kings Park in Perth with its size and proximity to the city. No cars are allowed on the park roads which is why throngs of runners and cyclists flock here. We rented bicycles to see if we could make it to the top of the hill. It wasn’t a little hill, but you should know by now that we leave no hill untackled. Slight exaggeration.

    Unlike Kings Park which is more suited for running and cycling, this park also offers rock climbing. Hooks have been drilled into the cliff faces and anyone can scale the walls at their own risk. It was amazing to watch guys hanging on to narrow cracks by the fingertips, before swinging to the next rock lip. There was also a house or cathedral of sorts that was built into a natural hollow or nook in the rocks. It was a pity that the door was locked shut.

    After a long hard slog to the top, we were rewarded with absolutely breath-taking views of Split and the coastline, and a very big cross. They seem to mark the top of every hill in Europe with a big cross. We took it all in before cruising downhill. Near the entrance to the park, we found an outdoor fitness area which we felt obliged to test out. These outdoor exercise areas (not kids’ playground) are very popular in Europe, and we’d love to see more of them in Perth.

    Another unique feature of the park is the pristine little bays dotting its outline – the forest meets the ocean. It would be absolute heaven in summer.
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  • Day33


    May 16, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    If we were wondering where all the tourists were in Rovinj, we had found our answer. They’re all in Split, scattered across different tour groups. The weather was finally clearing, much to our relief. We walked along the beautiful promenade which was now bustling with street stalls and like-minded people enjoying the view and some coffee. We disappeared into the maze of alleyways looking for the Old Town.

    Split is a town along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. If the Old Town looked like it was built by the Romans, well that’s because it was. The master builder’s work was evident in the old buildings that still remain. The Romans built the Diocletian’s Palace, a sprawling 4th century residence enclosed within some still-standing Roman walls. Back then, the palace complex housed Roman Emperor Diocletian’s during his retirement, as well as the many staff needed to maintain such a palace. Today, it houses shops, cafes and local residents.

    At the heart of the palatial complex, the Emperor entertained guests in a lavish courtyard known as the Perystile. Today, it is guarded by a couple of appropriately dressed Roman guards. I doubt they were there to enforce peace amongst the coffee-sipping civilians sitting on the steps of the square. They were quite happy posing for photos with tourists. The Emperor would definitely not approve of them making light of their jobs.

    With the exception to most of Old Town, the bell tower that stands in the centre was not built by the Romans. Its construction was suspect, in fact, the tower was initially deemed so structurally unsound that it had to be modified and partially reconstructed a few times over the centuries. Best leave the building work to the Romans, hey? Nevertheless, we were feeling reckless and decided to climb the tower anyway. There was only one set of stairs to be shared by people going up and down. Near the top, steel stairs replaced stone ones. The stairs were supported by scaffold tubes and held down by 10mm half-rusted bolts. I probably should not have pointed this out to Aaron while he was climbing up the stairs. His knees turned to jelly (haha!) but he survived the trip back down after we took some photos of Split at the top.

    The Old Town is full of little lanes that are a delight to explore. As always, they are flanked by little shops selling all sorts of local crafts and temptations for tourists. We stopped at a funky café to rest our feet and have some coffee on the way home. We also time our coffee breaks with when we need to go to the toilet. You have to pay anywhere from 50 cents to 1 Euro to go to the toilet in Europe but it’s free at a café or restaurant ;)
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