Time To Split
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8 hours to be exact, Could just leave it at that and make this my shortest ever blog, but where is the fun in that :D.
Up at 05-45, and to quote from Good Morning Vietnam, 'What does the O stand for - Oh My God It's Early '. Mustered the troops and got our stuff together and were down in the reception in the hotel and the guy phoned us a taxi. It would be there in 6 minutes to be precise :D . Little traffic on the roads at that time and were at the bus station for half past six. Free for all for the seats, despite all the tickets having seat numbers, but it was a half empty bus that set off at 7am and we all had double seats to ourselves.
Personally I have come to the conclusion that the bus timetables in the Balkans haven't been revised since the days of horse and coach and hence the need for so many stops.
back on the bus we made a couple of stops,just to pick up passengers, before reaching Mostar. Strange coming back in with all the areas in it being instantly recognisable this time .
Across the border and back down to the Dalmation coast and the road was signposted for Split, unfortunately for us it wasn't the road we were to take and we carried on through every little coastal seside town. Some great views, but would rather have had the time on the ground in Split. A fe wfolk got off in the towns along the way before we got to Makaraska where it was time for yet another break, and when we restarted the journey it was the coductor that was driving the bus, for about the last 30 miles to Split. Maybe they just like to let him have a shot :D. Passed through the town of Omis which seemed like a major resort, though very long and narrow as towns go, but it did have a nice harbour area where there seemed a lot of trips available on the boats.
Finally we arrived on the outskirts of Split,a dn it looked like another town that had been beaten with the ugly stick. All around the outskirts are classic communist design tower blocks and they ain't a pretty sight. As we made our way down to the port it did improve dramatically. Approaching the bus staion we could see a ferry sitting in the harbour that we assumed, correctly, would be the one we would get later on that night, and we arrived on time at 3pm. First thing was to find out the script for the ferry and to exchange our online booking form for tickets. Was told when boarding would commence and we headed back out to find the left luggage room at the bus station to dump our bags.
Headed into the Old Town around the port to the Diocletians Palace entering through the Silver Gate.
Then armed with a map from the tourist information we headed for all the points of interest we could find. Headed up to the Golden Gate, and just outside there we came upon a big statue, that wasn't marked on the map. We decided he looked like a wizard :D, but have found out since it was Gregorius Of Nin. Wound our way through the streets and squares and got to the Croatian National Theatre Split. Back down to the waterfront and came to a square that was all set out with chairs and a big screen.
Headed back along and found out the main swimming area which had been on the opposite end of the bus station, and then went back and grabbed our bags and headed to the port for 6-30pm. Boarded the ferry to Ancona , and got to the reception desk and were given the key for our cabin.
Wandered around the boat to suss it out, and were out on deck at the back of the boat waiting for it to set sail at 8-30pm. They were just loading the last of the lorries when a flash silver Audi appeared amonst them, and next thing a police car swerved in front of it blocking it's path.
Only 10 1/2 hours to fill until we would get to Ancona. Strung out watching the coastline disappear for as long as we could and then went to the poor peoples cafeteria to get something to eat. Interesting experience and you could tell why both restaurants were pretty empty and most folk had chosen to bring their own food on with them. Many sat around tables in the bar with big picnics.
After dinner we headed into the bar. I went for a browse in the Duty Free Shop, before returning to the bar for a bit and then we all headed down to the cabin just before midnight.