Romans and Venetians…. No I didn’t go shopping for some new blinds in Split’s finest blinds store. Today i visited two places of Roman and Venetian heritage.
My first mistake was catching buses on a Sunday. I spent far too much time in the sun and am feeling a little worse for wear today because of it.
Solin or Salona as the romans called it, is a fairly small site. No complete buildings standing, but plenty of foundations and walls and the odd roman column here and there. The amazing thing was that there were farms in between and around the ruins. There was also some great ruins of the theatre and the colosseum. These were the more intact ruins, probably because they easier to defend as having some kind of historical value, plus the tourists like them.
So after an hour or so wandering around I stood at a bus stop for 40 odd minutes in the sun, before a bus showed up. The bus was fortunately going direct to my next stop, the town of Trogir. Trogir is a small island situated between the mainland and another much larger island. On the map you can see why the Venetians built a town here both for trade and control of the waterways.
Trogir was a nice little town, lovely waterfront promenade with many nice cafes. Today also happened to be the day that numerous Harley Davison clubs were in Trogir on some grand european tour. It really though was not a problem, they are far nicer and easier to deal with than the grey nomads and Japanese tour groups.
I was originally going to stay in Trogir for a night, but as i’ve discovered many of these smaller towns, while being nice, just don’t need a stay overnight, because there isn’t much to see. Sure i could have found my favourite coffee place and read a book, but i do that in all the other places i have visited.
Anyway tomorrow, i’m off to visit Plitvice National park. I’ve been craving a good National park and so far haven’t been to one yet. Abnormal for me, the lack of jungles and animals has been difficult to cope with. Although I did see a snake today at Salona, but it wriggled off before i could photograph it.
Anyway until next time, when the beauty of Plitvice will astound you.