Monday May 5th ~ En route to Split, Croatia
Departing from Dubrovnik we traveled along the Dalmatian Coast line of the Adriatic Sea. This area is known for their sea food especially the muscles and squid. It is also some of the most beautiful shoreline I have ever seen.
Our morning coffee stop was in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I guess we can actually say we have visited this country, even if only for a few minutes. Croatia gifted Bosnia a very narrow strip of land that connects them to the Adriatic, which allowed them a sea port.
It also means that to travel from the southern end of Croatia where Dubrovnik is to the rest of Croatia, you have to cross the border twice – from Croatia passing through Bosnia and then back into Croatia.
An unexpected surprise was this charming seaside village where we stopped for lunch. With its pretty oceanfront promenade and well-preserved old town, I was sorry we did not have more time to explore further.
Still it gave us the opportunity to have a seafood salad and grilled calamari which was delicious.
This is the second largest city in Croatia and dates back 1700 years. We started our walking tour at the oldest building which was built in 305 AD:
The Roman emperor, Diocletian, decided to build his retirement palace on the water’s edge in Split. Built in three levels, with the lower level mostly submerged under water. Today there is some distance that separates the palace walls before reaching the water and the lowest level is dry. They were in final preparations for a large flower show at the time we were touring through.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, but today probably more well-known as the place where the 4th season of Game of Thrones was filmed.
“…the world’s most complete remains of a Roman palace.” ~ Wikipedia
A highlight for me was listening to these men perform a cappella. Inside the curved walls, the acoustics were perfect. A beautiful goose bump moment. I purchased one of their CD’s. I hope at some point I can figure out how to add music to my blog…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for those goose-bump moments that catch you by surprise. They come along when you least expect them, yet they are often the memories that are clearest when you recall them years later. Listening to this group perform for us was one of those moments for me.