So, we slept through a horrible thunder and lightning storm last night which resulted in today being a miserable weather sorta day! However, it looked like it would clear up that arvo so we set out on a missing to ‘Marjan’. Just steps from Old Town Split, Croatia is Marjan Hill, an expansive nature retreat. It’s best to hike Marjan Split, Croatia when the sun is shining, the sea is shimmering and the heavy scent of pine and fresh earth is in the air but for us, it was cloudy, very windy and looked like it was about to pish it down with rain, but we needed the exercise so headed there anyway!
We made it to the top just as the rain started so I apologise in advance as the photos taken do not do this beautiful park justice, but it was cold and wet and our smiles are definitely mostly fake at this stage. It seems beautiful though and on a sunny day with more time, it is exactly the kinda place I would love to visit more in depth.
The rain subsided in the afternoon where we met one of Leo’s old co-worker from NZ which was neat as he is a skipper on yachts here. We all chatted about how lovely it is to have friends all over the world and it makes this traveling thing waaaaaay easier when you know what the power of social media can do these days. By this point I had drank about 4 coffee’s as the coffee here is pretty special! ‘Ajmo na kavu’ [let’s go for coffee] is the most widespread invitation to socialize over in Croatia, and simply asking for a coffee will not fit the bill. I also learned today that for a Croat, a sign of good life is to have easy access to coffee. If you think of coffee drinking as a ritual that makes things happen between people, imagine how traumatic coffee scarcity can be. 😊
This afternoon was again about wandering through the old town, exploring streets we never managed yesterday and of course stopping for ice-cream – highly recommend the pistachio and Nutella flavour as it was out the gate good! We also stumbled across the ‘Froggyland’ exhibition where Ferenc Mere, an unparallel taxidermist had exhibited 507 fascinating stuffed frogs depicting the life of our ancestors – WEIRD AS FUCK! I took 1 photo sneakily to show you what it’s all about.
We have enjoyed our time in Split, it is clear however that it is the end of the season and after a massive Summer , the people of Split are tired as a few of the staff we dealt with were next to miserable. The place itself however is great, very expensive, vastly beautiful and well worth a visit. Next stop – HVAR!