On the Road and In Your Backyard

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On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


Sorry about yesterday’s post, I got in late and was too pooped to deal with anything. I’ll run Bill’s submission next Wednesday – so sorry, Bill!

Today, pictures from valued commenter Sister Golden Bear.

Southern Croatia has a dramatically different and more Mediterranean climate, reminiscent of California. My next stop was in Split, a major harbor city, which is famous as the home of Diocletian’s Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century as his retirement villa — and by “villa” we’re talking about a 7-acre palace/military garrison.

Once home to up 9,000 people, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. About half of “old town” Split is within the 60 to 72-foot tall white stone walls and includes a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses.

Taken on June 2012

Split, Croatia

The bell tower is part of the cathedral in the middle of Diocletian’s Palace. The red-roofed building to the right of it, sits along the walls of the palace.

Taken on June 2012

Split, Croatia

Just a small fraction of the massive cellars underlying the palace, some used for storage, others as cisterns.

Taken on June 2012

Split, Croatia

The modern-day interior of the palace is crammed with shops and cafes squeezed in among the parts of the palace that are still standing.

Taken on June 2012

Split, Croatia

A bit mind blowing to think that the walls here are about 1,700 years old.

Taken on June 2012

Split, Croatia

The church and monastery of St. Frane (St. Francis), outside the palace, is a mere newcomer, having been built in the 1200s.


Thank you so much Sister Golden Bear, do send us more when you can.


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6 replies
  1. 1
    Wag says:

    I want to sip a cup of coffee in a cafe with 1700 year old stone wallls! I’m adding Split to my travel list. Great photos.

  2. 2
    Sister Golden Bear says:

    @Wag: Thank you.

  3. 3
    scuffletuffle says:

    What a beautiful place! Thank you, Sister Golden Bear, I do all my traveling by way of this blog.

  4. 4
    eclare says:

    Beautiful photos! If you have time check out Zadar and the Sea Organ.

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    J R in WV says:

    OK, one more historic locale to put on the ever growing bucket list.

    Thanks, Sister Golden Bear! Nice photos, esp of the “newer” cathedral at night!

  6. 6
    Sister Golden Bear says:

    @eclare: Went there on the way to Split. I shared a photo of the Monument to the Sun a few weeks ago (since the Sea Organ itself isn’t that photogenic.)

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