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Waterwheel Spit Roast

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.

Cathedral Of St Domnius
We were just 90 minutes out of Sarajevo when the bus pulled into a roadside restaurant just before we reached Konjic . I could have done without the stop, was meant to be just 20 minutes, but was more than half an hour. Still it was quite a nice place and there was an area where even beore 9am they were spit roasting sheep, on spits turned by water wheels. Almost everybody that was eating had lamb, and the bus crew, driver, conductor and spare driver, had a big spread laid out in front of them and I knew we were going to be here for a while and nosied about and took a few pictures.

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 .

Wizard Statue :D ( St Gregorious Of Nin )
time for another break, though only 10 minutes this time for the driver to have a cigarette. Driving towards the border going through the mainly Croat area of Herzegovina, I again noticed the flags and the defaced road signs and this time even a Croatian War Memorial. Againn approaching the border the traffic was backed up, but YES, out driver just pulled out onto the opposite side of the road negotiatiing the oncoming cars and petrol tankers :O and skipped past the traffic. NO!!! We pulled into another roadside cafe and were told we would be stopping here for a bit. Another 30 minutes wasted, and within sight of the border post :( . Again the bus was pulled to the side at the border and boarded twice by immigration police of both Bosnia and Croatia. Much more thorough search of the bus this time by the Croatian Customs Officers, with sniffer dogs in the boot and they came on and searched what was up on the luggage racks inside the bus.
Narodni Trg ( Public Square)
Just looked at us and never bothered with anything we had.

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.

Figures On The Sismporno Hispuaste

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.

The Bajamonti-Deskovic Palace
Had a walk around, and me and my son being the only ones dressed to get away with it went into the Cathedral Of St Domnius. All of us then climbed the tower there, and there are some pretty large steps, even for someone with legs as long as mine. Nice wiew over the town from the top.

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.

You Can Never Be To Safe Near Water :D
Turned out the buildings surrounding this was the  Hotel Bellvue. Down past the church, St Francis Friary, and along the waterfront we came across the British Consulate. One of these days I am going to go into one of these and demand they do something for to justify my tax bill, and not just for them to have some jolly . There were more pubs along the front set out with screens and chairs, and I had just assumed it was for the World Cup until we saw a sign in one of them advertising the Davis Cup tennis match between Croatia and Serbia :O

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.

Split Harbour In The Evening
With four of us travelling together there had been very little difference between 4 reclining chairs for the crossing or a cabin. Put our stuff in the cabin,and found our life vest in a rack along the wall. One of them was out of the packet and kids wanted to try it on. My wife didn't think that was a good idea, and then she went to the toilet down the corridor, and the three of us all tried it on. She only found that out when we got home and were looking through the photos :D I blame my irresponsible children for leading me astray.

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.

Drugs Bust In Split
They got the driver and passenger out and then stared searching the car using a sniffer dog searching the engine and all inside the car, obviously a drugs bust. Watched all this going on, and it took them a while to get the lorries starting to load again. We set sail a bit later than expected and watched the coatline, and the silver Audi, disappear in the distance. 

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.

Setting Sail From Split

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.

huibdos says:
Mary, Jane, Claudia and Kiki all had lambs
Posted on: Jul 22, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
There were 4 sets of these spits on the go when we were there, all being rotated by water wheels. Quite cool 8-)
Posted on: Jul 22, 2010
huibdos says:
Mary HAD a little lamb...
Posted on: Jul 22, 2010
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Waterwheel Spit Roast
Waterwheel Spit Roast
Cathedral Of St Domnius
Cathedral Of St Domnius
Wizard Statue :D ( St Gregorious O…
Wizard Statue :D ( St Gregorious …
Narodni Trg ( Public Square)
Narodni Trg ( Public Square)
Figures On The Sismporno Hispuaste
Figures On The Sismporno Hispuaste
The Bajamonti-Deskovic Palace
The Bajamonti-Deskovic Palace
You Can Never Be To Safe Near Wate…
You Can Never Be To Safe Near Wat…
Split Harbour In The Evening
Split Harbour In The Evening
Drugs Bust In Split
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Setting Sail From Split
Setting Sail From Split
Bus To Split
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View From Outside Konjic
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Border Post - So Near And Yet So F…
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Hills Along The Dalmation Coast
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Coming Into Omis
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Omis Harbour
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Our Ferry To Ancona
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Silver Gate
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Sismporno Hispuaste
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St Francis Friary
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Hotel Bellevue
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British Consulate In Split
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