Dalmatia Travel Blog› entry 198 of 251 › view all entries
August 15th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
We ate in the car on the way into the city.
Split has gotten rave reviews from other travelers and travel books and I see why. The city centerâs walls were built in the 3rd century as a palace, and inside the walls are all sorts of historic architectural wonders and old stone homes. But despite this I am sorry to report I did not enjoy our visit all that much. It wasnât the cityâs fault. It was just so overrun by other tourists and cruise shippers âfollowing the flagâ that there was no room for quiet observation and enjoymentâŚ we just got jostled and bumped. I hate crowds.
The center is very compact and we quickly visited all the sites prescribed by Fodorâs, following along on our map like good little tourists.
We found the only shaded seat at Narodni Trg (Peopleâs Square) and hung out there for a good long time, people watching and perspiring despite the slight breeze. It was a very hot day. We watched the same two overladen backpackers walk through the square three times, squinting at their map and looking confused. I hope they found their place.
From there, we walked along the harbor to the far side of Split, then walked back again. We've seen Split.
On the recommendation of our hotel manager, we stopped at a beach-side restaurant located between our hotel and the town of Omis. There were high winds blowing the menus and whipping the tablecloth, but it felt good after the still heat and humidity of the day. We had great salads, served with a huge bread basket, and it was all delicious food in a gorgeous setting. Sure wish I remembered the name of the place.
After lunch, we visited the crazy busy town of Omis just down the road.
In the evening, we basically repeated those last paragraphs in reverse order. First we went to Omis (even MORE busy) to get a better look at the town (cute) and find a dinner option (overpriced tourist fare on offer). Finding nothing and feeling turned off by the crowds, we ended up back at our same lunch place whose name I still canât remember. This time we sat inside, lucky to get a table without a reservation. It was very busy and the service was slow, though our waiter was trying hard to keep up. I had salad again and Steve had fresh fish. He kept exclaiming that it was fantastic. Mine was great too, but I was sooo tired. By the time we were served our check I was falling asleep at the table and so ready to be in bed...
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