While in Croatia, I learned that there were a few noteworthy things invented here: The ink pen, the design for the parachute, the method for finger printing, torpedoes, and also, my favorite clothing accessory, the cravat.
Despite those blunders of the 1950’s and 1960’s, there is still plenty of old world Medieval charm and beauty to see. We journeyed to see the ruins of the ancient Roman colony of Solona, which is basically piles of stones and ruins in the fields. It is fascinating to envision what the Roman Emperor had built, but it is a bit underwhelming after having seen places like Pompei and the Coliseum in Rome.
Much more impressive was the Medieval city of Trogir. This walled city has an impressive amount of architecture and sights to see. The entrance to the main cathedral has incredible detail, which is more impressive than the interior in many ways. However, a few hours in Trogir will leave you wanting to see more.
The city of Split itself is quite busy, with produce and fish markets, local crafts and plenty of bargain priced shoes, clothes and trinkets to satisfy the most frugal shopper. There is also the old Roman palace, whose under structure now houses souvenir shops galore. If you want to stop for lunch or a coffee, this area is the place to be. Less than a five minute walk from the main port, you can find virtually anything you need. Many small vendors and local shops will accept Euros and US Dollars, although larger stores will require the local Croatian currency, the Kuna.
The weather was perfect for walking, low 70’s and bright sunshine. We stopped at a café to enjoy a Croatian beer while I scribbled out a few postcards. I was pleasantly surprised by Croatia and see the potential this country has to grow as develop. One day I am sure it will be admitted into the EU, which will make things even easier for this tiny but proud nation. Hope you enjoy these photos: