|The gardens dotted with bronze sculptures were just as much fun as touring the house.|
We were the only people visiting the gallery. We are enjoying having places to ourselves as we have heard the summer months are crowded and busy. Since we had the place to ourselves, we ended up being really silly (or at least we thought we were really silly).
|Liam pointing out body parts on a pair of huge walnut Adam and Eve figures.|
|Liam posing like the powerful bronze Cyclops sculpture (yes he is holding a rock).|
We all had an enjoyable time looking at Ivan's works. We were able to explore without feeling like we were being too loud or too all over the place.
|I find myself most drawn to works with the theme of mothers and children.|
After touring through the main gallery, we walked up the road to visit the 16th-century Kaštelet, a Renaissance-style summer house on the gallery property purchased and remodeled by Meštrović in 1939 as a showcase for his 28 wooden "Life of Christ Cycle" reliefs. The room-size wood carvings were completed over the course of Meštrović's lifetime between 1916 and 1950, and they line Kaštelet's Holy Cross Chapel. The Kaštelet itself was really neat, as it served as a family's summer retreat house, but at one time it also served as a defense against the Turks. In addition, it has been a tannery and lazaretto for plague victims. Amelie and Liam enjoyed running around the large open space around the well.
|Bobby talked through with Amelie what each panel portrayed of Christ's life.|
|Amelie could clearly identify many of the panels without any explanation.|
On our walk to the gallery, we saw a sidewalk directly on the coastline. We figured out a way down and started walking. We walked from Jezinac Beach past Zvoncac Beach to the smaller harbor by "our" playground. It was windy and cold, but it was fun seeing pools formed out of rocks, street art, and spray from the ocean. The sidewalk was narrow, but that just added to the fun of the adventure.
|Here is a map of the peninsula and our walking route of the day.|
|You can see the steps going down to another pool on the right side of the picture.|