Friday, April 4, 2014

108. Farewell to Split ...

After a four week spell by the sea at Podstrana it's time to pack the wheelies, clean the apartment and take one last swoon at my stunning - ever-changing - view of the Adriatic ...



... but before I do that it's down the hill and onto the bus for a final coffee on the Riva promenade in Split and a walk around this lovely part of the old city ...




Don't know what these two fellas are pointing at ...

Bishop Gregory of Nin - 10th century - Ivan Mestrovic 
 
 
 ... the bishop's feet 
- rubbed for a blessing from what-ever it is he is pointing at !!! ...

 
 Filip Grabovac - patriot and Franciscan priest - Ivan Mestrovic

 National Theatre in Split ...

  
... soon these narrow lane-ways with their cafes and boutiques will be packed with noisy sun-seeking tourists from the four corners of the planet ...

... boaties service station at Split ...

The Adriatic here at Podstrana is crystal clear  ...

 

... and just 10 minutes walk to the bottom of my hill are several beautiful little coves that will be crowded with swimmers during the hot summer months ... 


... but the only part of me to brave the chilly waters at this time of year were my feet ...

 

... these are not the golden-sandy beaches that I am used to in Australia - 
but beautiful just the same ...

 


 The daily climb up the steep hill to my apartment - on the top floor - 
with my morning loaf kept me very fit ... 

 

... and from this height I had a wonderful panorama of an ever-changing view ...


... the city of Split is just over the hill in the centre of the image - 
just 20 minutes in the bus ...

I just love these two signs  found up a narrow alley-way outside a popular nightclub !!!
 

 ... Getting lost in the myriad of narrow lane-ways in the old city 
is a good way to spend an afternoon ... 


 



 

Sailing from Split harbour, the car ferries and hydrofoils transport locals commuters and thousands of summer tourists across the bay to the island resorts ...
  



... the 15th century Venetian fortress on the tiny island of Trogir ...


... the narrow lane-ways at Trogir ... 


 
... The cathedral and "coffee" square at Trogir ...
 
The people of Split and the surrounding villages are so fortunate to have access 
to a daily fresh food and produce open market ... 

 
  
... here you can purchase everything from freshly netted sardines ...


... beautiful home and farm grown organic fruit and vegetables ...


 ... flowers and garden plants and seedlings ...
... all sorts of dried fruits and honey and grains ...
... then on the peripheral of the food market are the clothing and accessories stalls 
selling everything from sunglasses to fur-lined jackets ...



 ... this kind of free trading makes me so envious ...

 

So as the sun sets in the West and I say a sad good-bye 
to my generous hosts Ojdana and Jani 
and to this beautiful part of the world ...
 


... I board my chariot and head off for my next destination ...

Stay tuned ...