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Rest day and back to Doctors for Mum

Left at 8.30am to explore the this port city which is the largest on the Adriatic coast and a major transport hub. Boats go from here to so many islands as well as Italy. It has a lovely wide harbour promenade full of cafes/bars and people.

The old town of Split consists of the Diocletians Palace which is said to be one of the most imposing roman ruins in existence from the 3rd century AD. He was a Roman emperor and had this built for his retirement. Facing the harbour it was built as a massive rectangular fortress and enclosed the place, temples and mausoleum. We paid 35 kuna for a ticket to go inside the old cathedral, crypt, temple of Jupiter and climb the Bell Tower. Many of its walls are intact as well as the 4 entrance gates. We wandered into the Palace Cellars which are now full of shops and amazing to see in size and structure.

Climbing the bell tower was not for the fainthearted. Mum would have hated it as she doesn't like heights. It had a few flights of incredibly steep and narrow stone steps ( no room for passing!) and then had metal steps up the inside of the tower but you felt like you could fall out! Mum would have hated them!!. Good view over the town from the top.

Saw a courtyard with a roman mosaic floor which was so small and intricate

In the Vestibule, the entrance to Diocletians living quarters a group of male Dalmation singers were singing and sounded amazing.

The cathedral was originally a mausoleum and turned into a church in the 5th century and was very ornately decorated with intricate carving in the stone columns.

We then wandered around the peninsular ( quite some distance) to find a beach to sit and chill at for the next few hours. Found a nice café perched beside the water and parked ourselves there for a few hours to read and relax.

Most bars don't sell food so we decided we were too tired to walk back to town and ordered a taxi to take us to the beaches on the other side of town. Found somewhere to buy food and had local sausage meal in a thick pita with cream cheese, onion and mashed capsicum- it was really good!!! We got some lounge chairs to lie around and read some more and paid 30 kuna each for them

Mums allergies were playing up again so caught another taxi to the hospital and she had more injections. She had to pay this time which was strange after not having pay the last 3 times. Their hospitals are not of the same high quality of ours with staffing and equipment. The good thing is there is never anyone there so you get seen straight away. Mum went back home for a rest and I went for an hour massage for 200 kuna ( $40)

Old Town Split

Old Town Split


Giant Statue

Giant Statue


Gold Gate Entrance

Gold Gate Entrance


Statue of

Statue of


Alley

Alley


Ruins

Ruins


View from Bell Tower

View from Bell Tower


View from Bell Tower

View from Bell Tower


View over port of Split

View over port of Split


Rooves

Rooves


Washing an d table and chairs of local living

Washing an d table and chairs of local living


View from Bell Tower

View from Bell Tower


Bell Tower

Bell Tower


Bell Tower

Bell Tower


Bell Tower

Bell Tower


Steep stone stairs

Steep stone stairs


Vestibule

Vestibule


Singers in Vestibule

Singers in Vestibule


Bell Tower

Bell Tower


Bouganivillea

Bouganivillea


Roman mosaic floor

Roman mosaic floor


Palace Cellars

Palace Cellars


Palace Cellars

Palace Cellars


front of Diocaletians Place

front of Diocaletians Place


PIcture of how it looked 1700 years ago

PIcture of how it looked 1700 years ago


One beach where we chilled

One beach where we chilled


Bar we hun g at to read

Bar we hun g at to read


Beach

Beach

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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