As we arrived on the bus an energetic lady begged us to stay at her home. Since she was really close by we caved in, haggled her for a lower price, and dropped our bags in our bedroom. We then wandered the streets of Split. The city is built around some Roman Ruins
. To me it seems the souvenir shops and various restaurants take over the appeal of the history. It was a bit sad. It seemed the sight should have been protected in some way. Instead people are free to wander around them, through them, set up shop in them, they seem to be public property. I did enjoy looking at them and wandering about what it may have been like here many years ago. I pictured a palace set on the water with a lovely view.
Despite the pretty sunset and view we didn't cling near the water a lot. It had a sulphur smell to it. It made us begin to question what the water may be like as we headed along the coast. Thankfully the pungent smell was reserved to this area. We are not sure if the smell is always there or just came to welcome us in.
We called it an early night because we had to get on the ferry at 6:30 in the morning to head to Korcula. We made it up early and found a seat on the huge boat. We settled in for a long ride on the Adriatic Sea. Along the way we decided that of all the means of public transportation, this is our favorite. We felt like we were on a mini cruise. We watched the coastline, the deep blue water, and pondered what our next city may be like. We sat on the deck of the boat enjoying the sunshine, something to drink, and the peace and quiet of the water.
As our ship headed toward shore we knew we were going to enjoy our next city. The place was nestled up on the coastline with the old town standing tall. It was gorgeous in every way. We ignored all the folks who offered us a room this time and wandered until we found a suggestion.
We were so glad we did. Our room is very cozy and I can't seem to take myself off the balcony. I love sitting out here and writing, or just staring. I dream of coming back again with friends or family. Anyone up for it? The bathroom isn't the greatest, but the view surely makes up for it and the price is right. The bed is so comfy you want to sleep for hours, but the blue water and the sunshine draws you outdoors. There isn't much to do, but that is the joy in it. You feel like you have no care in the world, or you at least have time to ponder all the cares you have elsewhere. I'm telling you, if you like relaxation you want to come to Korcula. Now if you love having a lot to do and a fun night life, this isn't the place for you. Nature at it's best, sweet town people, and a place to sit and do nothing, that is what I have found in Korcula.
Split was basically a connection city in our fast paced journey through Croatia. We were glad we had not planned on spending a lot of time there. I am sure you could see a lot in this big city on the water, but we were wanting to get away from big city life. We are finding that we are quiet, nature people. I guess we are learning something about what excites us as travelers. We still love the history of Rome and the appeal of Prague, but give us a quiet country town and we are smiling ear to ear. We know we have many big cities coming soon so we wanted to enjoy the quiet nature of southern Croatia.