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Croatia

Too many sites, very little time

semi-overcast 73 °F

After a long overnight train from Budapest to Croatia, we arrived in Split, Croatia at about 09:10 and marched to our Airbnb deluxe apartment.

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View from apartment terrace.

After a little rest, We set out to see the city and the “big game”, the finals of the World Cup soccer tournament. Dinner in a very nice restaurant while watching the game.
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Then on to one of the plazas with the locals
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Split has an interesting history. A settlement on the sea where a Roman emperor, Diocletian, decided to build his retirement home. He had an enormous castle built for himself and a few thousand of his closest slaves and soldiers. It took 20 years. And as one of my favorite comedians told me, “It’s good to be King (Emperor).”! During the next 1700 years the castle remained a living monument and was continually altered, added on, until in 1979 it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. It can no longer be changed without permission. Areas of the original Roman stronghold are still intact and viewable.
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Roman original structure.

Sphinx, 3500 hundred years old, intact.

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. Roman Soldiers guarding the “Golden Gate” entrance to the castle city.

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Original Roman era wall and facade.
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Much of the epic HBO Game of Thrones was filmed in Split and neighboring areas. I missed the tours. I did have a short conversation with Tyrian.

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A preview of the restaurant specialities of the evening.

After dinner, we engaged with the Croatians for a celebration after the game.
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I was proud to be there, even though I didn’t understand a word of what they were saying. It was still fun.
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On to Zagreb. We only had time for an overnight here.
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Posted by steven1600 10:10 Archived in Croatia Tagged croatia split zagreb

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