Sauntering around Split

The last night of our Classic Rhapsody tour was in Split, and the plan for the evening was to have a last dinner together before partying hard on our last night in one of the harbour side nightclubs.

Gregory of Nin, Croatian's love him for translating the Bible into Croatian. People rub his big toe for luck. They also piss on it when they're drunk.

The following day I didn't need to leave for the airport until 3pm, and whilst everyone else went off their separate ways I decided I'd take a wander around Split, particularly Diocletian's Palace. Diocletian was the first Roman Emperor to retire, in fact Split is essentially his retirement home. The old town at least, because it's all set in the walls of his palace! Seriously, firstly it's huge, and kind of hard to explain. The place is basically crumbling away and there are shops, bars and restaurants set inside these crumbling old walls. There are even hostels (in fact I believe one I'm staying in this summer is just about in the palace walls)!

On Mel's advice, I decided I'd spend the day sticking to the shade, wandering through the palace walls. It's so easy to get lost in the walls, and it can take days to wander through and see all of it. Or so I've heard. It seemed that no matter which direction I tackled the palace from, I ended up back in the centre by that bloody Sphinx.

Can you see the Sphinx, on the right hand side about half way up the photo?

The thing is, that bloody Sphinx is actually pretty cool, it's thousands of years old, and is one of only a few to survive through the centuries. And I was annoyed with it for popping up every time I turned around a corner.


Of course, it gets bloody warm in Split, and even after a while hiding in the shade of the walls wasn't working, so I decided instead to do the other thing Mel told me to do, chill in a cafe, take advantage of the WiFi, and watch the world go by.

And what a view it was.

I took the Classic Rhapsody Tour with Busabout in July 2013, booking it in their Early Bird special much earlier in the year. All opinions in my posts are my own. Would I recommend the tour? Absolutely. In fact I am booked onto their Bohemian tour in July of this year, as I massively recommend them as a company. As I mentioned in my first post the Classic Rhapsody tour takes you across 5 different countries in 9 days so you are covering a lot of ground really quickly. It is very much a taster of each place. As I'm sure you've guessed from their name, you spend a lot of time on a bus. They are comfy, and there are regular stops on long journey's, the longest journey on this trip being 10hrs between Budapest & Plitvice, Croatia, the stops were really interesting we went to Lake Balaton in Hungary and the Open Air Balkan War Museum in Croatia, as well as a couple of other stops. I'd recommend taking a book (or Kindle), music and stocking up on snacks for the longer journeys.

Lastly, a massive thanks to these two. Jo our crazy Hungarian driver- thanks for getting us everywhere safely, and not swapping jobs with the Hungarian Border Control guys. And Mel, thanks for guiding us, and becoming a great friend, looking forward to seeing you next week!

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  1. I love that you were sauntering! Best word ever!

    1. Isn't it a good one, I really like alliteration :)


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