A walk in the sun

Trip Start Nov 09, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

We awoke to another gorgeous day in Split and started the day with a coffee on the terrace of a café almost across the road from our apartment. From here we had sweeping views of Split harbour and were able to enjoy watching the comings and goings of the ferries and other boats. The coffee was good and the morning lazy.
We had decided that a walk all around the waterfront into Marjan Park would be a nice way to spend such a beautiful day. From the main harbour there is a very  pleasant walk that takes you right along the water's edge. Along the way there are distractions like small rocky beaches where you might choose to have, say, a rock skipping competition (Cameron beat me with a thrown of nine skips) or coves to explore and sea urchins to torment.
At the end of the walkway there is a cool café where we decided to stop for some food and drink. Sadly they don't serve food, so we just had coffee. Does it sound like our days are punctuated by coffee? There was a pool table there so Cameron and I had a game, another defeat for me.
Craving some sustenance we had to walk back so we thought that the quickest way might be to climb the hill and walk back along the road. We saw where some of the richer Split residents live. Some excellent homes adorned the hillside, all clearly having wonderful sea views. Half their luck.
The first restaurant that we came to was actually back at Fife so we took the kids there promising a delicious meal. It was packed out for lunch, crammed with locals getting progressively drunker and therefore louder with their singing. We sat at a table with a couple of young Croatian guys who suggested we eat the local delicacy bakula. Taking their advice we ordered it along with some other fish dishes. The owner of the restaurant appeared a couple of minutes later asking 'do you realise what bakula is?' 'Yes', we replied, 'we were recommended to try it.' He shrugged his shoulders and said 'OK' and walked off. A minute or two later and the waiter came back saying 'my boss is worried that you don't know what you have ordered.' I have to admit that I was a little bit concerned by this time, but was determined to stick with the recommendation. The two young guys had long gone by now and so didn't get a chance to see our faces when we tried the bakula. This delicacy turned out to be dried salted cod which was fine except that it was rubbery and tasted horrible. We all had some and tired to make it look like we had given the dish a reasonable try, but it would be fair to say that none of us will be lining up to try it again.
Maggie was treated with some free pancakes, probably because the owner thought she was cute. I suspect that Georgie was partly put out that she didn't get any, but at the same time kind-of pleased that she was now seen as 'too old' for that kind of special treatment.
By now the singing Croatians were getting quite loud so we beat a retreat. We did notice some hours later that they were still sitting outside where we had left them, probably ordering dinner by now.
We took the girls back to a park they had spotted earlier on our walk and all four of us had a go on a tandem see saw. Jess and Georgie against Maggie and me. I would have called it a draw except that Jess did her ankle in, which probably makes Maggie and I the victors on points. At least I won something today!
Later Maggie joined Cameron, Jean and I for some late night shopping while Jess and Georgie chilled at home watching the Prince and the Pauper on the Hallmark Channel. Sometimes a recuperation session is nice.
Forgetting to but something to eat on the way back from the shopping, we had to make do with leftover supplies for dinner. We ate bread and honey, walnuts, figs, chocolate chip cookies and drank some tea. We stopped short of having a bowl of cereal.
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