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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 23rd 2022

Greetings from Split! I only have a mere 18,026 steps today, so I am behind yesterday, but today did involve yet more steps. We were up quite early this morning, to ensure we were out ready to meet the group by 7:30, with time to get a pastry and coffee first. We hauled our suitcases back down the many steps (it was a lot easier going down than it was going up!) and popped into a bakery for a breakfast pastry to take with us and the coffee shop for a nice cappuccino. We met met the group, then we walked to the dock to catch our 7:45 ferry to Split. These ferries are very efficient, and always have lots of room to store luggage. The one hour trip was smooth sailing, and after we disembarked ... read more
Split buildings
Our hotel - Hotel Slavija
Me in front of statue of Marko Marulic, just around the corner from our hotel

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 15th 2022

My cycling cruise, originally scheduled for October, was pushed to May of this year. And I am hoping Putin's senseless war does not interefere with my plans. If you have not heard of Croatia's Dalmatian coast, it is about time you learn more about it. From Fodor's: If Croatia’s url= Coast isn’t already on your travel radar, you’re going to want to add it immediately. Nearby countries like Italy and Greece have long reveled in the spotlight as established European beach destinations; however, Croatia only began attracting tourists after it claimed independence in 1991 following decades of quasi-communist rule. Now, Croatia’s stunning coastline is quickly becoming a European hotspot. Picturesque Islands like url=htt... read more
Split green market

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 14th 2022

How about this for an interesting place? Although some tourist destinations have us saying, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there,” you’ll never say, “let’s split,” in Split, Croatia. It’s one of those few destinations you won’t want to leave. Mountains and sea meet, making for breathtaking scenery, and when you cross the Old City Wall Gate, you’re stepping back in time. The lively city on the Dalmatian Coast offers coastal boardwalks stretching into the sparkling Adriatic waters; enough bars, shops, and restaurants to satisfy even the most snobbish of gourmands; and of course Diocletian’s Palace, a 4th-century Roman monument that forms half of Split’s Old Town. I arrive here the day before I embark on my cycling and cruise of the Dalmatian coast. I think I need to explore ... read more
Split harbor
Fabulous Riva in Split

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 14th 2022

This cycling trip has changed more times than an untrained baby in diapers. We started planning this trip in 2019, and (so far), the trip has been postponed at least 3 times!!! But it will be worth it, as my dear friends, Paul and Christina are great friends, dedicated cyclists, and great story tellers. The Dalmatian Coast is one of the best for cycling, beaches, historical sites, wine, and just hanging out. We start and end in Split, though I would love to visit Dubrovnik as well. Split is known for its beaches and fortress like complex at its center, Diocletian Palace, erected by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains now include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries ... read more
Great fun!
Great views
Great exercise

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 13th 2022

Most of you know Croatia is located in the Balkan Peninsula. Zagreb, the capital, sits inland in the north east portion of the country. Dalmatia, the coastal area, is where I plan to spend most of my time. Istria, on the northern Adriatic coast is the primary wine region. Croatia was part of Yugoslavia for most the 20th century, suffering from the disintegration of the Federation, until 2013 when it joined the European Union. A native is called a Croat, rhymes with goat? They make up 90% of the population, with Serbs as the largest minority group. Sadly, most experts speculate there are as many Croats living outside the country as reside inside! (It has the greatest emigration rate after Ireland) Croats are mostly Roman Catholic, and more westernized than Serbs. And the Croats speak Croatian, ... read more
Nude beach
Game of Thrones

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 9th 2022

Good morning to you all, Today Myles and I decided to learn a little more about Split and Croatia in general. We slept in a little bit because we are both suffering from jet lag. We are trying to push through, but it is really rough. Once we were able to drag ourselves out of bed we had to get some caffeine, We headed into the depths of Diocletian's palace to find some espresso and a walking tour. There are cafes on every corner in the cities we have been to so far in Croatia. They are specifically cafes that serve espresso, a few other coffee type things, and liquor....all day. It is just as common to see a group of men sitting at a cafe at 10am with half of them having a beer and ... read more
Roman Architecture
Inside the Vestibule
Roman Architecture and Renaissance Clock

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 8th 2022

Good morning Friends and Family and Happy Mother's Day! We spent the majority of today just walking around old town Split and exploring our home for the next few days. We woke up around 10:00 and I wanted to get coffee. So Myles slept in a little bit while I headed out in search of caffeine. As we had just arrived in the city the night before I wasn't sure where to go. Many of the streets here are like a maze, so I kept to the outskirts close to our apartment. After exploring for a little bit I came across a bakery with fresh chocolate croissants. I bought one for each Myles and I. I was having a hard time finding coffee to go, so I bought some canned espresso and headed back to the ... read more
Streets of Split
Delish Pasta

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split May 7th 2022

Good afternoon Family and friends, We have finally landed in Croatia. Yesterday Katie was kind enough to drive us to the horrible of all horribleness that is LAX, where we departed for the first leg of our flight. LAX to Frankfurt, German, and then on to Split, Croatia. Our first flight of the day lasted about 11 hours. Myles watched two moves, I watched one, we both read and slept a lot. It was not a fun flight per say, but we got through it unscathed. We landed in Frankfurt, Germany at 3:45pm (in our current time zone) but 6:45am Pacific. It was insane, we had to run about a mile to the monorail, which led to the bus system, which then took us to the actual airplane. During this crazy rush to get to the ... read more
The View

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split August 12th 2021

Bonjour à tous Si il y a une journée que je déteste dans l'année c'est le 12 aout, ce qui veut dire pour moi un de plus!!!!!!!! En lisant ces lignes, soit vous allez bien rire, soit vous allez me plaindre. Je m'étais programmé une petite journée en kilométrage, heureusement, si non qu'est ce aurait été. La journée commence super bien, un des plus copieux petit déjeuner de puis que je suis parti, au moment du check out (de rendre la clé) la réceptionniste, me demande d'attendre 1 minute, dans ma tête, quoi encore, elle revient avec une bouteille de vin blanc, et me dit c'est votre cadeau d'anniversaire (en anglais) je suis resté quoi, je m'attendais à un problème, mais pas à un geste comme ça de la part de cet hôtel. Ca ma rappelé ... read more
Trogir la baie

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split September 7th 2020

101 km South of Vodice following the Jadranska Magistrala (Route no 8) lies Split, the second largest city of Croatia and by far the biggest and most important city in Dalmatia, despite only having 160'000 inhabitants. Since the end of the war Croatia experienced a massive shift and decline of its 4.1 million population. Migration from the impoverished countryside along the Serb and Bosnian borders to Zagreb and migration of the younger population to other EU countries, made the population shrink by more than 300'000. Split is known for its proud and laid back people, fashion conscious ladies, its rich history, music, art, its promenades and a million and one cafes and restaurants, and of course for Hajduk Split, its local football club. Ahhh not to forget Goran Ivnisevic, the only Wimbledon champion Croatia has (so ... read more
Old city of Split
Riva during mid-day
Our room with a view

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