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Travel day - Sunday, June 16

Pula to Rijeka to Zadar to Split

sunny 85 °F
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This morning we got up at 5am (11pm Saturday at home - many of you probably hadn’t gone to bed yet), packed up the rental car (which is quite a feat with all of our luggage, even though it’s technically an SUV!), and drove back to Rijeka. On our way out of Pula, we passed a club where people were still out partying (there was an outdoor area) - Natalie says that is fairly common. In Rijeka, we returned our rental car and caught the new fast ferry (it’s “maiden voyage” - if you’re in Croatia today, look for us on the news!) that travels between Rijeka and Zadar each day, stopping at 3 islands along the way. We took it all the way to Zadar, a 4 hour journey with those stops for people to get on and off.

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In Zadar, Natalie felt like a few hours would cover the “must-see” list, so we walked around and saw several things, many of which I can’t remember names of right now but were cool to see - so amazing how old many of these things are! The Sea Organ was my favorite (last 2 pics here) - it’s built into the sea wall, so the waves “play” it. Today the water was pretty rough, so we got a great little concert. I wish I could post video here so you could hear it.

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We were then hot and tired (we checked our suitcases in at the bus station before heading out on foot, but had our heavy backpacks on), so we found a place to sit and enjoy a cool beverage. That’s one thing I’ve had to adjust to here ... everywhere you look, there are outdoor seating areas, and I struggle to know which is which, but some are bar/cafes, while others are restaurants. The bar/cafes do not serve any food - drinks only. And you generally wouldn’t go to a restaurant for just drinks. And sometimes any combinations of those are so close together, you can barely tell where one ends and the other begins in the outdoor areas.

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Late afternoon, we caught a bus to take us to Split - a little over 2 hour ride. We opted not to drive because Natalie has said the mountains can be a little scary to drive/ride in, and everyone goes really fast, and also so we could all enjoy the views... I have to admit, for the first part of the trip, I totally understood the ‘beautiful views’, but didn’t see the real big deal about the driving...... and then we hit the ride down into Split ~ YIKES! You couldn’t pay me enough to make that trip regularly, especially as a bus driver! I know that between the heavy tinting, the reflection, and the fact that we were barreling down the road, that these pics are awful, but I just couldn’t stop taking them! In this first one, all roads you see are the same road, the one that we are on, I don’t even know how the driver made that turn, let alone on a narrow road with 2 way traffic and little (and in some places no) guardrail.

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When we arrived in Split, we settled into our apartment a little, then walked around town a little before going to dinner.

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After dinner we walked down the Main Street by the sea / marina - it was very busy- before heading back to our apartment, first walking through the palace and visiting the statue of Grgur Ninski, so Terri could touch his big toe on her 50th! :)
Copied from TripAdvisor:
Next to the Golden Gate is the tall statue of Grgur Ninski, a Croatian bishop and advocate of the old Slavonic language and national script whose merit was to oppose the Pope in order to introduce religious services in Croatian in 929 (nobody understood Latin at that date)
Funny fact: it is said that touching the big toe of his bronze statue guarantees you a good luck

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Posted by Rowlandfamily 14:56 Archived in Croatia

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