Thursday, 14 September 2017

Split, Croatia Day 2

We were up early to take a boat to Trogir, a tiny island near the airport and one which I happened to take a picture of from the air as we were approaching Split. It was a double hulled boat with an 80 person capacity. The scenery along the way was interesting. We could see the extent of the Marjan Forest which we climbed up to yesterday. It covers an area equivalent to New York's Central Park and is considered the lungs of the city. Interestingly, from the third century on it was forbidden to cut down any of its trees and houses were not allowed to be built within its confines. As we travelled past the forest, the rugged Mosor mountains provided the backdrop. 

After an hour we arrived in Trogir. It's centre was named a Unesco World Heritage Site for its Venetian architecture. It was old and beautiful. Around every corner was another photo opportunity. After exploring the old town, we found a nice place to have an al fresco lunch. I finally had chevapchichi which are a combination of three seasoned ground meats shaped like sausages but without a casing. Jill had gnocchi in gorgonzola and cream. They were light and delicious and of course, home-made. We stopped to have a beer by the water where a huge 127 foot boat was docked. We found out it was a boat for hire and costs a mere 90,000 euros a week and sleeps ten. We did some shopping, more exploring and then took the 2:30 boat back to Split.

We made a reservation at a popular restaurant for 7 where I had cuttlefish black ink risotto, a dish I have been wanting to have for a long time. It was just OK. I used to order squid ink spaghetti at Joso's in Toronto and loved it. The place was hopping with most of the restaurants full of people eating lots of fish. Lots of activity everywhere. The old town looked different at night especially with the cruise ship hoards gone.   

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