Dog Spotting in Dalmatia

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Aug 02, 2008

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Monday, July 28, 2008

A 4-hour bus ride up the coast today to Split, followed by a two hour tour of the Diocletian Palace area. Our local guide for this was quite an animated old character who seems to know almost everyone in town. Like Dubrovnik´s old city, Split's palace complex is a UNESCO world heritage site. However, it´s in a completely different state. The palace is much older (300 AD) and less well-maintained/restored. In fact, over the years, the town overtook the palace and its grounds - rooms were turned into apartments, courtyards into squares, and ballrooms into stores and restaurants. Some old decayed sections have been replaced with haphazzard uncomplementary additions, and the whole place is now a rather jumbled mess that they are trying to gradually undo and restore properly. It does have a certain historical charm though, and enough of the original structure left for the UNESCO stamp of approval.
Well, time to go look for some of those black and white spotted dogs that supposedly originate from here.  And to get my daily (since arriving in Croatia) ice cream cone - a great way to get a little relief from the heat. It's not difficult when there is a shop selling home-made gelato on practically every corner.
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