We had a wonderful day with a rather long bus ride that took us from the inland mountains to the coast.
Along the way, our guide filled us in on much history.
As we headed to the coast, we saw an enormous mountain range and imagined the windy mountain pass that the bus would have to travel. However we were mistaken.
The Croats do not travel up and over the mountains. Instead, they have carved tunnels through the bases of the mountains. We traveled through one five-mile and one three-mile tunnel, which revealed gorgeous views views of the delta and then the Adriatic Sea coast with its quaint towns.
We arrived at Split, the town of Diocletian's retirement. He was the first Roman Emperor to abdicate. He built a huge palace, which is still inhabited today and still uses the aqueduct he built for water.
Some other tidbits bits from the day in notes form:
Tito and his housekeeper had a "special energy"
We went though the mountains. Forget windy mountain passes. The croats blast a five-mile tunnel through the base.
Dalmatian dogs guard dogs, ran in from mt of carriages that cleared the way for the horses. The nobility adopted them. We use them for fire dogs to clear the streets so the fire wagons could get through.
Donkeys very important here to carry crops over the mountains.
Australian food but more Mediterranean cuisine.
Pashtucava meat with prunes: prosciutto and nice cheeses and olives. Honey mixed with olive oil to ward off colds. Lots of seafood, grilled with olive oil and rosemary and garlic. Served with potatoes and Swiss chard. Grilled squid. Have to bash is so it isn't like chewing gum.
"How it goes," an expression our guide used.
Busara sauce white wine.
Chuvapi looks like sausage but not.
Bevanda mixed wine with water. Spritzer.
Ruins bc from Illyrian area.
Was part of Italy so language is sprinkled with Italian words.
Nudist islands. Started her. FKK means bathing in the nude. Mostly secluded. Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson came The Kandarola rock and pebble beach, on the Croatian island of Rab, is where Britain's King Edward VIII and his future wife, American socialite Wallis Simpson, famously went for a nude swim in 1936
Seven cartels. Castella.
Diocletian retired and n Split. Had hot springs.
Diocletian palace filled with sewage and kids who had detention had to scoop poop. Nowadays, sewage is pumped to tank in Adriatic and it is released every night toward Italy.
President Solin hotel.