Grad Split

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  • Day18


    June 21 in Croatia

    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 in Croatia

    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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  • Day5


    November 1 in Croatia

    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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  • Day4

    Arrived Split Croatia

    October 31 in Croatia

    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)

  • Day1

    Split es a ferry

    August 2, 2017 in Croatia

    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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  • Day4

    day 1 with Zephyr

    September 16 in Croatia

    Met our guides and group for a walk in old town and a bike ride around a park and up a hill. Enjoyed a thunderstorm with a brief rain. Views from Park Suma Marian were spectacular. E bikes rock going uphill.

  • Day13


    September 25 in Croatia

    Well the trip from Dubrovnik to Split usually takes. 4 1/2 hours but not today. The bus had troubles going up hills, in fact I know I biked up faster. Oh well so we were 3 hours late, we got here. Found my room, found a grocery store and bought a beer
    Pictures are bridge leaving Dubrovnik, river valley along the way, large citrus growing area along the way, wildfire along the way and other scenery along the way.Read more

  • Day37

    One observation during our drive through Lika-Senj County and other areas around Plitvice Lakes was the number of empty and deserted houses. We drove past little villages or clusters of 10 or so houses where the windows and doors had been removed and no one home. Not sure of the reason but maybe related to the war during the early 90’s.
    The highway to Split was excellent although it was a toll road. The speed limit was 130kmh but even driving at 140kmh relegated me to the slow lane with cars zooming past me. The highways have some extremely long tunnels one we travelled through, “Mala Kapela Tunnel” being almost 6km long. They are an amazing feat of engineering as MDW said. Although the tolls add up, the time saving is worth it.
    Our hotel in Split is 300 metres from the Old Town and provides parking. The hotel had sent us an email with a link the the parking area which we allowed Google Maps to take us to. It was supposedly on 20 meters from the hotel. We parked in the space the farthest from other vehicles and probable an 3xtra 20 meters from the hotel. We started to walk towards the destination as directed by Google Maps dragging our luggage behind us. 20 metres, I don’t think so, more like 200 metres. When we were at our destination it took MDW’s sharp eyes to find the entrance. Someone grabbed one our bags and motioned us inside. We checked in and I asked if we had parked correctly and what was the payment procedure for the paid parking showing the hotel manager our parking receipt. “Wrong car park” he said, “just park behind the wall, 10 metres away”. I was going to tell him the link was wrong but we went back to the car and moved it to the correct car park. As we got out I passed MDW the phone and parking receipt that would need to be verified by the hotel. When we got to the hotel I asked MDW for the parking receipt. “What receipt “ she said. In her hand was a scrunched up piece of paper. Between us we flattened it out and although the ink was a bit smudged it looked useable.
    We spent almost all our time sitting in cafes near the water. The beauty of doing that was if you passed wind no one would know because of the smell of sulphur which varies in pungency during the day. Not that MDW would do such a thing. There were a lot of market stalls which were all operated by Croatians. We even came across the famous? fish markets which overpowered the sulphur smell. We also found a lovely restaurant where MDW had half of a huge pork schnitzel and I had a tuna steak, medium rare, which was delicious.
    The old town is right on the promenade and very interesting. Most of it is free to visitors with the underground or cellars of the Diocletian's Palace an exception. There were some clever builders over a century ago with stone roofs still surviving.
    Split is a great place to sit and enjoy the views.
    We needed to book one night at a town between Split and Dubrovnik, preferably on the coast. We ended up at Brela about 90 minutes south of Split. We got there way too early for our room so drove on to Makarska for a drink. Parking was scarce but we found a space on the footpath, along with other cars. We had a drink in the square where we saw more buildings with bullet holes. Off to our hotel, we checked in and the room was lovely but the air conditioning did not work. MDW told me it’s not working but I swear I could feel a trickle of cool air coming through the vents. After a couple of hours in the sauna and me finally admitting MDW was right (why do I ever question or doubt her) I contacted reception who sent a maintenance man down who fiddled for a while then disappeared without saying a word. On the phone to reception again where it was suggested I turn it off then on again. Did that, no good, on the phone to reception. Reception lady comes to the room, presses some buttons, turns aircon off then on. Still no go so we are offered another room. Although the hotel has lifts, we are in the annex which only has stairs, lots of. From our original room it was 2 flights up, 200 metres along a corridor, up 1 flight then down 3 flights. Luckily they sent a young man to carry our luggage as we were starting to struggle carrying ourselves. By now it was 7pm and we had seen nothing but 4 walls. Fortunately our accommodation included half board which is dinner and breakfast. Dinner was a Buffett with plenty of options to satisfy us both. Not only good food but a trio singing a Croatian and contemporary music which made for a wonderful atmosphere to accompany the wonderful meal. The dinning area was full with German tourists as there were at least two bus loads staying at the hotel.
    MDW asked when did we have to have the car back and I said I think the day after we get to Dubrovnik but I’ll check. Of course I was wrong, had to get it back tomorrow morning which meant early breakfast to allow for the two and a half hour trip plus potential google map direction errors. We were quickly on the highway where at times the speed limit was 130kmh and other times 50kmh. We seemed to be following the edge of the Adriatic Sea which provided some incredible views along with the Dinaric alps providing a menacing but impressive backdrop. We were instructed to keep left when we came to the start of a new toll way which wasn’t operational. Panic! Let’s turn right. Dead end. Let’s recalculate the route. Perform a u turn. We were soon heading in the right direction, this was our only potential “getting lost” moment in Croatia. On the way to Dubrovnik we had a couple of passport control areas when driving through Bosnia and Herzegovnia. When we were re-entering Croatia we had to show our passports twice in 10 metres as the two booths were adjacent to each other.
    We arrived in Dubrovnik with plenty of time to get the rental car back. We took our luggage to our hotel where I left MDW to look at the water view whilst she bravely trusted me to get the car to the rental car place and get back. I think this is the first time we have been more than 1 kilometre apart during this holiday. The car returned with out any issues, the rental car rep drove me back the 4 kilometres to our hotel. MDW was surprised to see me so soon. Our room was not ready so we had a drink then caught bus 6 to Pile Gate, the entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. To get an idea what it’s like, watch Game of Thrones. We have never seen it but apparently some of it was filmed in Dubrovnik. The old town is interesting with lots of streets, a lot better planned than Venice. People still live in the town with washing hanging to dry out of their windows. Lots of Game of Thrones memorabilia for sale along with local Croatian products. Expensive to sit down for a drink, a small bottle of coke 50 kuna or $11 Australian. Needless to say we didn’t sit down for a drink.
    We had dinner at one of the many restaurants near the hotel. When we returned to our hotel I couldn’t find the door access card. No problem, I’ll get one from reception. I tell the guy I have misplaced the swipe card. He says what room. I say 812. I meet MDW on the eight floor and we walk towards room 812. I touch the swipe card thingy and hear the door click, meaning it is open but at the same time see a Do not disturb sign on the door handle. Oops, wrong room. Hopefully we didn’t disturb the people in room 812. I go back to reception and ask them to check what room I’m in. This time they check and give me room 804 access. I wonder if anyone could ask for any card to access any room?
    The next day we did the cable car ride to the top of the hill where there is an amazing view of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea. It was a hard slog up the hill to get on the cable car, more than the 7 minutes we were told by the ticket seller.
    Again we have been fortunate with the weather. Croatia is a good place to visit, plenty of touristy stuff all down the coast plus Plitvice Lakes. It is amazing how the “old towns” survived and are still being lived in. Driving on the other side of the road wasn’t too bad. My navigator, MDW, did an excellent job as we had to rely on the take next right or left instruction because the street names are too long to read. Even the Google Maps voice jumbled the longer names. On the narrower roads overtaking is risky but done on a regular basis with cars happy to overtake over solid lines with a corner approaching. Only twice did we need to hit the brakes to allow an oncoming car to make it.
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  • Day112

    Dekadentia in Dalmatia

    October 20 in Croatia

    Unser Räder haben den Transport unbeschadet überlebt, nur eine Tachohalterung hat etwas gelitten. Wir selbst sind gestern müde und etwas verwirrt ob des schnellen Ortwechsels in Split angekommen.
    Nach einem ersten kleinen Frühstück am Hafen und einem zweiten etwas größeren an der schönen Stadtmauer, konnten wir ein wenig die Altstadt und die Hafenpromenade genießen. Dann aber rief die Pflicht: neues Campinggas beschaffen, Touri-Info besuchen und - oje - die Rückreise und den weiteren Aufenthalt hier planen. Die Rückreise beschäftigte uns länger als erwartet, weil unser naiver Plan einfach eine Karte für den Zug von Split nach Frankfurt mit Zwischenstopp in Zagreb zu kaufen, am Bahnhofsschalter scheiterte. Neben der schnellen Reisegeschwindigkeit sind wir auch nicht mehr gewöhnt, dass unsere Vorstellung der Weiterfahrt nicht realisierbar ist. Hart frustriert liefen wir also von Busunternehmen A zu Busunternehmen B, riefen dessen Zentrale an, liefen zurück zum Busunternehmen B, kauften ein Ticket von Zagreb nach Frankfurt und kehrten zum Ausgangspunkt des ganzen Heckmecks zurück und kauften ein Ticket für den Nachtzug von Split nach Zagreb. Wir hätten nie gedacht, dass wir uns so über unsere Rückfahrkarten freuen würden (übrigens kommen wir am 1.11. morgens in Frankfurt an).

    Zum Einstieg in diesen letzten Abschnitt der Reise haben wir uns dann heute erst mal einen dekadenten Tag am Strand und ein dekadentes Picknick bei Sonnenuntergang am Meer gegönnt. Der Strand gehört zu unserem ebenfalls dekadenten Campingplatz. So was großes und gut ausgestattetes sind wir ja gar nicht gewöhnt ;) Jetzt müssen wir nur noch die restlichen Tage dekadent verplanen.
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  • Day38


    October 18 in Croatia

    Nous avons passé 3 jours à Split. Nous avons profité du soleil nous avons même pris un bain de mer.
    Nous en avons profité également pour allé au marché à légume et à poissons.
    Bonne petite dorade à la poêle!!

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