Archive for July, 2014
We left Split, Croatia on a night train. Luckily, at the start of the trip we had our own cabin and were able to stretch out and lay across seats to try to sleep. As more people got on the train at different stops, they were very nice and saw that we were trying to sleep and chose other cabins to join. Even so, it was definitely the worst night of sleep I got our entire trip.
We arrived in Zagreb, Croatia around 6 in the morning, and our next train left around 7:30am, so we hung out in the station for a bit. Interesting experience. I wish we had time to explore the city, but our layover was so short, and I was so sleepy.
We boarded our train to Vienna and stayed awake for most of the trip, and had others join our cabin this time. We passed through the mountains, entered Slovenia and saw the beautiful countryside, had our passports and train tickets checked many times, tried to decipher unfamiliar languages, and finally arrived in Vienna in the afternoon.
After arriving at our hotel and showering, we tried to squeeze in as much of the city as we could! We knew we had to leave our hotel around 6am the next morning, so we only had a bit of time. And I loved every bit of it. Vienna was gorgeous and perfect.
After our hike up the hill, we headed back down and wandered around the city. We had a lot of time before our nighttime train, so we walked around, then we found a wine and cheese bar called Paradox. I cannot recommend that place enough if you are ever in the city. We tasted so many great Croatian wines, and our waiter brought out a platter of cheese for us. The Croatian wines were great, and our waiter really talked to us about what we liked and then made some great recommendations. And that cheese. We sampled one cheese that is the best I have had in my life. I wish I had written the name down. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of ANY of this, as I was enjoying the wine and cheese too much, but here are some of the evening photos I took in Split before we did board a train late at night.
After a delicious lunch in Split, we decided to walk up Marjan Hill and explore the park. We found our way there, passing by the harbor and building that looked like they were built in the 1970s. Then we happened upon a staircase that didn’t look that daunting, until we found out there was so much more to climb. Oh well. We had a lovely afternoon just slowly hiking up the hill, taking in the views, and stopping to take breaks here and there on park benches. We also passed by a zoo, the old signage of which looked ancient. We didn’t stop and visit the zoo, which I am glad of, as I think it would have made me so sad. It sounds like the animals lived in poor conditions, and the zoo should be closed now and the animals relocated hopefully. But the hill was beautiful and we had a nice afternoon hike.
I love three-day weekends. On the fourth of July, Josh and I tried to treat it like a nice vacation day. So we had a nice morning with breakfast and coffee. In the afternoon, we walked over to South Congress and got a late lunch at Ms P’s and then we headed over to Perla’s for some drinks before having a relaxing evening at home.
Here are some iphone photos from the weekend..
After walking around Split for a bit, I was hungry and it was hot, so we decided it was time to find a place to get lunch. After looking at several menus, we were finally persuaded by a guy standing in a plaza to come to a restaurant in a side street. There were tables set up beautifully, it was calm and peaceful, and most importantly, shaded. We had plates of pasta and seafood and had a hard time finishing our meals.
We started with a complementary taste of florescent-colored grappa, which had a strong licorice flavor. We cooled down with some Croatian beer, and then ate our pasta until we were stuffed (which was perfect since we didn’t really have dinner that night).
Diocletian’s Palace is located in Split, Croatia and is from the fourth century AD. You can read more about it here. It was so incredible to walk around within these walls and see all the well-preserved buildings and architecture.