Thursday, July 16, 2009

Split, Croatia

Today's adventure took us to Trogir, a district that is listed on the United Nations' World Registry of Historic Places. Trogir is most famous for architectural structures - the cathedrals, government houses, as well as residences/palaces for the wealthy and powerful over several centuries. Some structures went up very quickly, especially during the
period when the Romans were the dominant force. Other structures took much more time - like the clock tower that was not completed for 200 years. the pace was so slow, primarily due to financial restraints, that the decision to built a second clock tower was ditched. Most Croatians are descendants of the Polish peoples and jealously guard their freedom after being dominated by several different groups of oppressors.

The ride back from Trogir to Split was pleasantly punctuated with a stop at an old mill, turned restaurant and hotel, for Croatian snacks and wine tasting. While strolling around the grounds these swans decided to stop by with greetings for the group.

The grand promenade, seen here in the approach to Split, the second largest city in Croatia, and the largest city on the Dalmatian coast is a mix of modern and ancient buildings. Yes, the canine dalmatians are from this area and are so named because they were owned by a group/tribe called dalmatians. There are approximately 1,200 islands off the coast of Croatia, about 160 are inhabited. The third largest island, Brac, is know for the magnificent stones used to construct all the buildings across Croatia, and in some other places, like the White House in Washington, D.C.

1 comment:

bathmate said...

very good posting. i liked it. :-)