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Welcome to Croatia: First Impressions from the Historic City of Split

Last updated Feb 15, 2020 | Published on Oct 25, 2019

On October 16 2019, Daniel and I packed our bags and headed once again to the airport. I was starting to get used to air travel – we’d been in an airport or an airplane for 7 out of the last 16 days. I steeled myself for another unpleasant day as we seemed to be having bad luck with air travel so far.

We’re in Germany! Briefly.

Daniel has a beer while we change planes in Munich, Germany.

But my worries turned out to be unnecessary. Our flight from Barcelona to Split with Lufthansa Airlines was pleasant and uneventful. We had a short layover in Munich and got a great view of the Alps from the airplane which was a real treat.

The Alps!! I’ll be back.

Our first view of Split from the airplane.

When we disembarked from the airport shuttle bus near Split’s ferry terminal, the setting sun cast the harbor in a lovely golden hue. The main pedestrian-only thoroughfare was lined with pricey restaurants and vendors hawking souvenirs to the holiday-goers.

Walking from the Split bus station to Old Town. Daniel is travelling light!

Sunset over Split’s harbor.

Then we turned a corner and were transported back in time. The Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace here in 305 A.D. and the location is still occupied to this day by shops, restaurants and houses. Portions of the original palace walls are still visible, although over the years modifications have been made to suit the ensuing inhabitants.

The view from our apartment.

Voćni trg (Fruit square), visible from our apartment.

After a romantic dinner, we meandered around Old Town’s cobblestone streets. We wandered through a maze of small alleys and windy streets, enchanted. Around each corner we seemed to discover a new piece of history.

I think I’m going to like it here.

Statue of St. Anthony in Old Town

Golden Gate to Diocletian’s Palace (North entrance).

Another surviving piece of Diocletian’s Palace walls.

Split’s Old Town illuminated at night.

A statue of Grgur Ninsky. We first called this the wizard statue and then found out that he’s actually a medieval Croatian bishop.

Where are we now?

Location: Split, Croatia
Date: October 16, 2019
Vagabonding Journey Status: Day 16

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  1. Tracey

    This is your cousin Tracey following your journey! You are doing what we just dream of! Looking forward to hearing about your experiences and seeing all of the amazing pictures!

    • Unicorn

      Hi Tracey! Nice to hear from you! Glad you are enjoying the blog 😊


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