Monday, October 17, 2016

Split, Croatia

During our travels in Slovenia and Croatia in search of decent paragliding conditions, we stopped for a few hours in Split, Croatia to check out the Diocletian's Palace. "Palace" is a bit misleading since it's more like a small walled town that included a palace. Game of Thrones fans will be interested to hear that this was the location for filming the fourth season. Dubrovnik (which some of our group also visited) even had Game of Thrones tours to show you the various locations used for filming.

The view from the top was worth paying to climb the highest tower.

Split harbor

tower in evening light

Bougainvillea is one of my favorites and this was a huge one. (I wonder if the Romans had Bougainvillea?)


Not sure who this guy was.


When I first saw this sphinx I wondered what it was doing here. Apparently the palace was decorated with numerous 3500 year old granite sphinxes that were taken from the site of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III. Only a few remain.


I love all the small stone passageways in these old towns.

old stone passageway

But there were modern shops and restaurants and even homes within the palace complex, which was a little incongruous. But who wouldn't want to buy their lingerie in an ancient palace?

old & new

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