Wow. I somehow saved the best part of this trip for last. Scroll down to the pictures and you’ll see what I mean.
It wasn’t easy getting here to Split though. They printed the wrong departure time on my bus ticket, so I missed the bus by 10 minutes and got the wonderful reward of sitting four hours in a depressing bus station as hard rain poured down. The next bus got me into Split by 4 p.m., and the rain was still on again, off again.
I found my accommodation and met my wonderful host, Melina. If anyone reading this ever goes to Split, she’s the one for you. For most of the remainder of Sunday, all I did was eat and try to dry off. My shoes were completely water-logged.
But then this morning dawned gloriously. Wow, again. Split is amazing. At the city’s heart is a history-filled old quarter that faces the promenade in front of the Adriatic.
I took a guided walking tour and learned about the key structure at the center: the amazingly preserved remains of the palace of the Roman emperor Dioclesian. Amazing to walk through the gates of the palace walls, knowing that they were built in the year 305, 1,700 years ago.
Among the many amazing achitectural details: there are red granite columns brought over from Egypt, along with several 8-foot-long sphinxes.
The city inside the palace walls is a strange mix of the original Roman with medieval and renaisance architecture after that. Exploring the narrow passage ways might bring you to a Venetian merchant’s house, a guardhouse for Roman soldiers, or a temple to the god Jupiter.
With the awesome weather this day — sunny and low 70’s — I went a little crazy with the camera. Please click to expand them. What a photogenic place.
And early tomorrow morning I begin the journey home to Seattle. Thanks for reading.