Saturday, 16 September 2017

Split, Croatia Day 4

Our last day in Split started by going to the fish market to buy dinner. I bought a wild caught 1 kg sea bass. The price was more than I expected, 200 Kunas or CDN $40 plus $2 dollars to have it cleaned. Was it worth it? A big yes. I cooked it in the oven, wrapped in foil after coating it with olive oil then seasoning it with salt and stuffing it with parsley. It was outstanding. We also bought broccoli and a head of leaf lettuce. For me there is nothing better than fresh fish drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with parsley and salt and a squeeze of lemon. Yum.

After the market, we walked to the Ivan Mestrovic gallery which was north of the old town in the ritzy part of town with palatial houses overlooking the sea. There were three cruise ships in port which explained why the old town was so crowded.There were three super yachts docked along the waterfront. The Invictus at 216.5 feet long with a crew of 19. It's weekly rental rate was US$476,000. The smaller Emotion 2 was a mere 141 feet long and was just 154,000 Euros for a week. Crazy rich. As we walked along the promenade, Jill looked down and saw a plaque. It was Goran Ivanisevic's plaque for his Olympic medal wins in singles and doubles tennis. All along the way, bronze plaques were imbedded sporadically in the walk for all the Olympic winners of past games. How strange that the first plaque Jill noticed was Goran Ivanisevic, who lived on the street where we are staying. 

Ivan Mestrovic was a renowned sculpture who showed his skills at a very young age. He was born in 1883. He had a brilliant artist career, and spent time as a professor of sculpture in two American universities. In 1952, he donated 132 artworks and four properties to the Croatian people, one of which now houses his gallery. He died in 1962. After our long walk, we rewarded ourselves with a shared beer in their beautiful outdoor cafe. We toured the grounds and I took lots and lots of pictures.

It was mid-afternoon when we got back to our cozy apartment. After some down time, we made dinner and reminisced about how fabulous this holiday has been, probably one of the best ever. 

We leave by bus tomorrow at 9am to Split airport where we will fly to Athens for a one night layover before we head home. I hope, through my blog, you have enjoyed coming along with us on this wonderful journey. Cheers!

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