Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
Trip End May 03, 2011

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Monday, January 17, 2011

As there was no train between Mostar and Split, my only mode of transport was a bus.  It turned out to be one of the most interesting bus rides of my life, and not because of interesting border crossings or questionable travelling partners!

If I thought the scenery in Bosnia was impressive, then I was about to have my mind blown.  The bus drove down to Ploce, before turning up and driving up the Dalmatian Coast to Split.  This is without a doubt the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.  Sorry Bosnia, your position at the top was short lived.

Something that Croatia has over Bosnia and Serbia, is that it is on the Adriatic sea, which makes it a lot greener and more lush than its more landlocked neighbours.  There is a definite Mediterranean feel to the place, from the architecture, to the people right through to the scenery.  It's almost like being in Italy, but with everything in Croatian!

Split itself is one of the most amazing places I've been to.  It's definitely up there with Rome and Athens as one of my favourite places I've been on this trip.  The difference between here and Athens/Rome is that I can't really explain WHY I like Split.  It just seems like a really relaxed place, with lovely people, and beautiful buildings and streets.

I would recommend to everyone that they go to Split and check it out at some point, it really is a beautiful place.  Today I ate my lunch sat under the shade under a palm tree on the Adriatic Coast! One of the many reasons this place is great.

The main thing to see in Split is Diocletian's Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement palace after he stepped down from the position of Emperor.  In the years since then the palace has been converted by the residents of Split in to the Old Town Centre, with residential and commercial buildings built and stuffed in every corner they can.  From what I can tell there were even people living in the walls of the palace building.

Tomorrow I am getting a train to Zadar, which is supposedly just as beautiful as Split, and apparently recently doubled for Venice in an episode of Doctor Who, so that should be fun!
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Yer Dad on

Please try to be a bit less glowing in your praise of these places. It's going to cost me a fortune in the future, as I now need to visit them all, too.

Ed on

I am greatly dismayed that you didn't even attempt a pun-tastic title for a town called "Split".

katie on

think I need to go there. :)

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