Split, Croatia by Kelli Donley | Jun 9, 2021 | Travel | 1 comment The beach in Split. With tourism just starting to return, many of the public spaces previously crammed with visitors are now being used by residents. Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb were walkable. We stayed near the water or the city center and were able to walk most places. The food was excellent. Croatia sits just across the Adriatic from Italy. The seafood was fresh, the eggs yolks orange, the olive oil, wine, cheese, and proscuitto made on site. Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik have centuries-old fortresses that we walked through. All were build with rock from local quarries, by hand. At one point, if you were traveling to one of these cities from the rural areas, you were required to bring stone with you. Being in these ancient buildings with their tiny passageways and stone arches reminded me of being in Old Jerusalem. The day we were wandering Split was a Sunday morning, and first communion for some of the children. It was sweet to see so many families out with their kids. The church bells were ringing. High speed ferries are common transportation between the larger coastal cities. They are reasonable. Depending on the distance, tickets cost $8-$20 or so. We took several of these and it was remarkable just how fast they go. I couldn’t get over just how old everything was. More on Hvar, Croatia next. 1 Comment David Bickford on June 10, 2021 at 5:15 am Are you traveling now? If so, congratulations on making an international trip despite the hurdles that exist due to the pandemic. The woman pictured, presumably the mother of the two girls in white, looks quite glamorous. If you had told me it was an old photo of Sophia Loren, I would have believed you.