Split. Split is very cool. The main attraction of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, the retirement home of Roman emperor. Mountains on one side, Adriatic Ocean on the other, palm trees aplenty! We stayed at a pansion whose owner may or may not have been some sort of Croatian gangster named Ivan.
Split was pretty laid back and super interesting. The only part that I found particularly cheesy was a ‘reenactment’ of some sort of proclamation by the Emperor himself (some schmuck in a toga). You better believe that those bedazzled, be-visored cruise ship tourists got their iPads out for that one. One of the many things I liked about Split was that you were never too far from the sea.
The Mediterranean climate proved for some lovely, bright sunny photos, and the ancient architecture a perfect model.
It’s amazing to me to be able to photograph real, authentic, ancient bits of history and architecture, like this pillar, an original feature made from red marble native to the region.
I like to try and imagine what some of the areas that are in disrepair would have looked like in its glory days, like the above tower used to have a domed roof, according to historians.
On a more personal note, I got spend my 31st birthday within these walls. I got some delicious pizza, Croatian cream cake and liquor, thanks to the generosity of our host Ivan. Definitely one of the cooler birthdays I’ve had.