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Saturday In the Park

June 13, 2010

I think it was the twelfth of June.

Hmmmm…doesn’t quite work as well as “the fourth of July,” does it?  I guess Chicago really knew what they were doing.

Good morning!  Yesterday, we had our final day in Split.  Split has completely surprised me as a city—it has so much to offer! Some of the guidebooks make it sound like it is mainly just factories and busy city streets and ports, but it’s so much more.  I’m really glad that this was our final stop on our Croatian vacation (Croavacation?). 

Yesterday, we dropped off a BIG bag of dirty laundry at a laundromat in town—we got a huge load of clothes washed, dried, and folded for only ten bucks! Score!  This was very exciting…we probably could have gone until the end of the trip without doing laundry, but we were both starting to smell *pretty* bad.

Our laundry was going to be ready in three hours, so we had the morning to explore Split.  First, we stumbled upon the local fish market:

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Then, after a little shopping (Mango + Zara! Woo!), we headed over to the Green Market, which is held every day within the palace walls.  This market was HUGE!! It was basically a giant farmer’s market, with flowers, fruits, veggies, meats, and cheese, among other things.

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It was getting close to one o’clock, so we knew exactly what we wanted to do for lunch.

Cheese + bread + fruit = perfect picnic lunch. 

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When we bought this giant chunk of cheese, we both laughed, thinking that there was no way we were going to eat it all.

Lo and behold:

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We ate the WHOLE thing.  Holy cheese baby in my tummy!

As we sat eating our lunch, a bride and groom passed through the park!

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So pretty!

Once we finished gorging ourselves on Croatian cheese eating lunch, we headed over to pick up our laundry.  Never have I been so happy to see fresh clothes in my life…I might have buried my face in them, just a little.  Ahhhh.

Later that afternoon, we headed to Trogir, a tiny walled medieval city on an island.  Trogir has lots of little streets, just like Venice—it actually reminded us very much of Venice.

Here are some highlights:

The weather was really cool when we got there (sun breaking through clouds), so I took some pretty pics of the harbor:

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So pretty!

Ryan was SUPER excited because one of the churches in Trogir had a carving of Kairos from 3rd century BC.  He tried to explain to me why he was so excited about it (it has something to do with his field—rhetoric), but I kept falling asleep in the middle of the explanation. 

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Nerd alert!

We stumbled upon a group of old men playing bocce.  When I was studying in France, all of the men and women of the village would gather every afternoon to play boules, a game very similar to bocce.  Seeing these old men playing made me nostalgic for my time in Annot, the small French town we lived in.  When we got back to Charleston after studying abroad, a few people bought boules sets and we would play in Waterfront Park, but it was never the same!  

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After a few more hours in Trogir, we headed back to the hotel, showered up, and headed out for our last dinner in Spit.  We were still pretty full from our picnic lunch, but we knew that if we didn’t get in one more night of traditional Dalmation food, we’d regret it.

Sure enough, once we sat down at our restaurant and began to look at the menu, my stomach started to growl. Guess I was hungry after all!  Funny how that happens, right? 😉

We started with some absolutely delicious bruschetta:

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Perfectly toasted and soaked with olive oil. Swoon.

For our main courses, Ryan got the baked sea bass with olives (Dad, if you’re reading this—it wasn’t as good as the one in Noli!):

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And I got seafood risotto:

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Ahhhh…another perfect meal. 

Thank you for all of your comments about the vegetarian/non-vegetarian eating situation.  You all seemed to come to the same conclusion: eat what you want, even if that’s enjoying non-vegetarian local foods, and don’t worry about what others think.  When in Rome… 🙂

We finished with ice cream (of course).  Mine was a lemony flavor with crushed amoretti cookies…yum!

Not wanting the night to end, we walked around the palace a little more.  It’s really beautiful at night:

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Sigh.  I’ll be sad to leave Spit, but at least we have Florence to look forward to! 

Today, we’re checking out of our hotel and wandering around Split until our ferry to Ancona, Italy leaves, at 5:00.  We don’t get in to Italy until around 10, but our hotel is supposed to be very close to the ferry dock.  From Ancona, we’ll be taking the train to Florence.

In other words, it might be a while until my next post!

Hope you’re having a great weekend! 

See you in Italy!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2010 1:06 pm

    I love bruschetta. What a wonderful park lunch. I guess I didn’t realize your hubby’s academic background. Mine is Rhetoric & Writing too.

  2. thehungryscholar permalink
    June 13, 2010 1:40 pm

    I fall asleep when Lars talks about kairos, which is all the time.

  3. June 13, 2010 3:52 pm

    Could totally go for the Croatian cheese and farmer’s market fruit and bread. Soooo delicious looking!

  4. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    June 13, 2010 3:54 pm

    My boyfriend is an archaeologist and I definitely get more history lessons than I bargained for…

  5. June 13, 2010 4:23 pm

    Your lunch looks amazing yet so simple. Sometimes it is the simple things which taste the best. I can’t believe you ate all the cheese though!! Split looks absolutely beautiful. And so does your food. Seafood risotto – yum! Enjoy Florence.

  6. ginger permalink
    June 13, 2010 5:54 pm

    Split looks so beautiful! I remember I once had a children’s book that depicted God with that view of the sun shining through the clouds and the beautiful rays of light, which I guess is not so far off the mark, is it? Of course, I also saw God when I saw that picture of the bruschetta – Oh my!!!

  7. June 13, 2010 8:27 pm

    Wow, look at that market! I wish we had a daily one here

  8. June 13, 2010 9:30 pm

    SO FUN! Have fun in Italty…be safe! 🙂

  9. June 14, 2010 12:42 am

    And on to Florence, not bad. Enjoy!

  10. June 14, 2010 11:58 am

    Now why can’t my local farmers market be as amazing as that one?!

  11. June 14, 2010 5:22 pm

    Ooh, I love a romantic picnic in the park with simple, delicious food!

  12. June 14, 2010 7:23 pm

    The photos of the boats in the harbor are absolutely stunning. And talk about a perfect picnic lunch- I love it!

  13. June 14, 2010 8:03 pm

    The farmer’s market is beautiful, such a selection! Aww, such a cute pic of the bride and groom. Love your hubby nerd alerts, reminds me of when mine gushes about gaming to me. 😛 Again, awesome pics and it looks like you’re having a wonderful time, so glad.

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