Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recapping the End of the Trip: City of Lights - Split, Croatia

Around the first of December, the city of Split started decorating the city with lights in preparation for the Christmas season.  Every where we walked, whether it be the larger walkways or the small narrow passages, was adorned with lights over head.  It was quite beautiful.  Looking back at these pictures, seeing each type of light reminds me of the individual street in which it hung.  
The walk from our apartment to the Riva.

One evening we happened upon a live concert in front of the Town Hall in the People's Square (Narodni Trg).  We saw the lights set up, with a table, and various wine glasses dispersed.  We did our best to translate the sign with information and decided to wait to see what it would be like.  We were glad we stuck around as they played Jimi Hendrix, Depeche Mode, and other rock/blues songs.  What was fun is that they sang in English but talked in Croatian in between each song.  For about an hour we  were highly entertained while the kids ran around the square while dancing to the music.

Heading down to walk through the Christmas town on the Riva became a favorite evening activity for the Walkers.  By the end of our stay we were recognized by many vendors and were often greeted warmly as we walked by.  One of our favorite places to eat dinner was called Vegeton.  It reminded us of a restaurant that could have easily survived in Athens, GA with it's combo of vegetarian food, indie music, and hipster clothed waitstaff.  We loved eating the veggie burger covered with grilled cabbage, the bean stew, and the pumpkin soup.  On our last night in Split, the owner offered us dinner for the family for free which was incredibly generous.  Amelie made a Christmas card for the staff at Vegeton that said "Merry Christmas" in both English and Croatian.  The owner hung her card front and center of their booth which made Amelie happy.

Amelie's card hanging up at Vegeton.
Don't we look like we fit in?  As long as we didn't speak I'm not sure you would know we weren't a local.
Liam loved pointing out the "ABC's" on the drain covers as we would walk on the Riva.
I am glad my kids do not have to learn to spell in Croatian…look at that word! ;)
Has it only been 6 weeks since we were there?!  I can't believe we were able to live in this beautiful city for a couple months!  Making summer travel plans?  Go to Croatia!!  Trust me, you will not be sorry you took my advice.

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