We spent two nights in Split, so if you will excuse the pun, I will split my Split entries into four. We split up after lunch on our full day in the City (okay enough split puns), so I spent a bit more time on my own with my camera, so there are more shots to show later.
Anyway, let me start by pointing out that while Split is a big city, the tourist part is amazingly small. It really all belongs within the medieval city, most of which in turn rests with in the confines of Emperor Diocletian's Palace. Sadly for a classics buff like myself, not much of the Roman Palace survives above ground in tact, as much was recycled for the medieval and renaissance city's use. Recycling is not always to be admired.
Anyway, at night the city is busy and atmospheric, and as is our wont we hit town for dinner in a pizza restaurant. Supposedly good pizzas but it was a hot night to be stuck indoors. Luckily they had an outside section covered by an ancient vine and suddenly the place became much more appealing. As you can see - my happy face.
Now this is the point we were originally going to split up, me wandering back to our airbnb and the lads going out on the Town with the youngsters who thronged the centre, especially around the old bell tower - see below. And indeed we did split up, but for less than half an hour before I got a call saying they were bored, didn't fancy the group pub crawl which they were on and wanted to head back or have a drink. I was still polishing off an ice cream, and had hardly moved from the centre.
Anyway, our airbnb was in an excellent spot, only a very short walk to the Palace, not up a dirty great hill, and was ever so well appointed. A lovely place to be.
So back we went into town.
..I started to explore more thoroughly.
Below is the art gallery just outside the old city walls. I judged the exterior (an old hospital) was better than the modern art contents were likely to be and so didn't go in.
One, the Papalic Palace, now houses the City Museum.
|Head of Diocletian|
|An early film projector. I said it was an eclectic collection.|
|Just proving there are some undeveloped places in the city. This would make a great hotel...|