After visiting Plitvice Lakes we started our journey to Split, Croatia. The drive was incredible. I've never been anywhere or seen anything like it before.
airbnb.com. Sooooo much cheaper than hotels! And it's super great to have separated rooms, a full kitchen, bathroom, usually great views, and amenities. I love living in someone else's space for a night or two! I found Neven's Split apartment and he met us there to show us around and give us the keys. He was so nice and accommodating too because we kept having to change our arrival time due to the car accident and finding a new tire ordeal...
And then the last of the bad things in a streak of pretty bad things happened: my phone screen cracked and stopped working completely. I had it in my back pocket and was sitting in the back middle seat and it must have broken on the seatbelt I was sitting on. I was sooooo bummed. My phone is my connection to the world! Chris let me borrow his throughout the trip to instagram. I'm just glad it wasn't my camera! And I bought a new cheap phone as soon as we got home from our vacation so all is well. And like I said, that was the last of the bad things. Moving on!
Since we arrived pretty late in the day, I stayed home with the kids and put them to sleep while Jaylie and Chris went to get dinner. The next morning we woke up bright and early, ready to explore Split! Me and Janey, happy to have had a nice night's rest and looking forward to adventures!
We walked down the street to the Adriatic Sea.
Just like Rick Steves said we probably would, we ran into an all-male band of klapa singers performing traditional a cappella harmonies in the entry vestible. Listen:
So fun to get a taste of the local traditions!
We walked back to the Peristyle. The original octagonal structure was Diocletian's elaborate mausoleum built in the fourth century. But after the fall of Rome it was converted into the town's cathedral.
Construction of the bell tower began in the 13th century and took 300 years to complete! Sadly the cathedral was closed for a few hours while we were there so we didn't get to go inside.
But we did climb the 183 steep steps to the top of the bell tower!
I love all of the red roofs.
Parts of the palace walls and a couple of the gates/entrances/exits.
Bell tower. | Statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin.
Bishop Gregory of Nin was a 10th-century Croatian priest who tried to convince the Vatican to allow sermons during Mass to be said in Croatian, rather than Latin. People rub his toe for good luck so we let Fox have at it. And seriously, our vacation was up-up-uphill from here on out! It totally worked!
We walked through the gate and found some ice cream for Fox. Man he loves ice cream. Janey is starting to love it too.
Alleys and narrow streets are so picturesque!
I love all the different kinds of doorways. | Purple blooming palm trees.
Next: MOSTAR, BOSNIA!