Bus ride to Split

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9am bus to Split, 100Kn person. The bus runs through the town routes, which means that it stops everywhere. The view is quite stunning as it runs mainly along the coast. Three and a half hours later we arrive in Split, with dead legs and an aching bum. The bus station is next to the harbour where all the Jadrolinjia's are lined up. The Old town is a few minutes walk away, so we follow the walking tour suggested in the lonely planets guide. The walking tour of Diocletian's Palace starts at the statue of Gregorius of Nin. I have my customary photo beside him and then rubbing his big toe because I have heard that its supposed to be good luck. Right next to the statue you can walk through the Golden gate. The fragments are uninspiring and takes a lot of imagination to visualise its previous glory. In fact you could just walk through and not realise that this was once a significant gate. We continued the talk all the way to the Cathedral of St Domnius. We did not enter we wanted to climb the Romanesque belfry. The belfry has two lion figures at the foot and a black granite sphinx. It takes about 5 mins to climb to the top. The stone steps are narrow, steep and tall in height, once you reach the first floor the rest of the stairs are constructed out of the metal framework you so commonly find. It is quite breezy at the top and the view is of the surrounding harbour, terracotta roof tops and the stunning mountians in the backdrop of the city. After we descend from the belfry we head to the vestibule and find three men singing in the circular ground floor. The sound is absolutely amazing, within these walls the three men singing with their powerful voices gives us the illusion that a whole choir is singing. They compliment each other so well and have very soulful harmonies that are very impressive to listen to. We pull ourselves away to continue the walk down the cellars, which are now filled with souvenir vendors. All sorts of little trinkets and treasures can be found most commonly the lavender bags. The vendors are not pushy they allow you to freely look around and you feel no pressure to buy something you don't need.

I would advise that if you have a spare day, stay the night. Facing another three and a half hour journey back to Zadar after already walking around the city for seven hours is very daunting. It would have been nice to roam around the outside of old town, maybe go to the beach or take a trip to Solin. At least we have something to look forward to when we return for another Autumn break.
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