This is Part 3 of my documentary about my recent trip to Europe. All cities below are in Croatia. Here are the other parts:
Day 7: Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city that has been listed as part of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In the middle ages, it is the only eastern Adriatic city to rival Venice in wealth and development. During the war in 1991 when Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik was attacked by heavy artillery and sustained massive damage to its buildings. The city endured 7 months and 650 rounds of artillery.
The main tourist attraction in Dubrovnik is the city walls that span about 2km around the city. As seen on the photo, the view of the city from the walls is quite nice.
Day 8: Split
Split is the largest Dalmatian city and is located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the oldest cities and is famous for its landmark, the Diocletian Palace (photo on right). Roman Emperor Diocletian had this palace built near his hometown. There are 4 gates into the palace and one of which is along the coast and is only accessible by boat.
Modern-day Split is a harbor and tourist destination of many cruise ships and tourists. Our local guide has shared that one of the pastime of locals is to enjoy coffee by the boardwalk and identify tourist nationalities. Their attitude and culture is very laid back and relaxed.
Day 9: Zagreb
Zagreb is a beautiful place, it has a lot of beautiful parks and gardens. It is the capital of Croatia and it is where central government is located. Some of the more popular tourist attractions include the Mimara Museum and St. Mark’s Church. There are more tourist attractions and you maybe need 4-5 hours to have a leisure stroll in the parks and to take in the sights.
If you have free time, having an afternoon coffee or tea by the plaza is also an experience. Somehow, having coffee in Europe’s many cafe’s is different from the commercial Starbucks and other coffee chains here in Manila. Its a lot better ambiance and the environment itself is more welcoming.
To enjoy more photos from my trip, please check out my flickr album.
This completes my entry about the tour for this week, be sure to check back next week for Part 4.