Post 6 Heading North… Korcula, Split and Trogir.
So now we start heading north again, continuing to explore Croatia as we go. (In Chris’ case…test the craft beers!) Another car ferry takes us to Korcula island, and we visit the little beach at Lumbarda, where we get out the chairs (a rarity for us), and read, and paddle!
Then to the delightful town of Korcula, a classic mediaeval hill town. Limestone walls, tiny narrow streets and red tiled roofs by a lovely harbour. We look into any open churches, as they all have their own beauty. Sadly, many have firmly locked doors!
Then a night in an olive grove, before the early ferry to Split, watching the sun rise, as we, and Boris, cruise the Adriatic!!
Split is a complete contrast. A bustling city and seaport, with a fascinating centre. The Romans came here, and in 305AD, Emporer Diocletian ordered a vast palace to be built, with an octagonal mausoleum at it’s heart.
Gorgeous 14th century carved doors.
In 605, freed Christian roman slaves came and revitalised the city as a Christian town. The Venetians and Byzantines added to it, but all keeping the structure of the Roman palace. So we can walk through vaults, see buildings and artefacts that are 1700 years old, bound up with baroque architecture, or a modern museum.
The Cathedral is inside the octagonal mausoleum.
Suddenly an art nouveau building will pop up, another reminder of the centuries of new life breathed into this city.
Next onto Trogir, a Venetian town, used as Qarth in the Game of Thrones filming recently. A stunning town.
14th century marble pulpit.
14th century wood carving.
Golden limestone walls, a fortress and numerous beautiful churches and Palazzos. Here we saw several Weddings. Immediately after the church services, everyone poured into the square. Traditional music was played. Everyone sang , Croatian flags were waved and fireworks let off!
There were tiny churches everywhere, and the town square had a beautiful Loggia, which would have been the town meeting place.
Camping Rozak is lovely. We are right by the beach, and the evening sunset was breathtaking.
However, thunderstorms overnight, and a rainy morning presented the perfect opportunity for housekeeping! Laundry, and changing the bedlinen must be done. We even caught up with admin, and played some games! Back into Trogir, for a super dinner, tucked in a quaint courtyard. The fish is excellent, especially the Carpacccio of Swordfish!
Chris had a local meat dish, braised in red wine with mountain herbs. Yum!