Happy Labor Day! We spent the unofficial last day of summer in The States braving a very rainy drive from Plitviče to Split, the second largest city in Croatia. If the weather had been nice, we had planned to stop at Krka National Park and swim! Since you aren't allowed to swim in any of the Plitviče Lakes, and the water looked oh so inviting, we were pretty excited about the possibility of Krka. Here's what it looks like on a beautiful day...
But the forecast was right and it rained cats and dogs pretty much all day. At least we got to see Plitviče at its most spectacular, which was our main objective. Hirsh drove our latest rental, an ugly little bright fuschia Mitsubishi "Space Star" (not so fondly renamed the "Death Star" by us for its death trap construction) the four perilous hours to Split, with a brief detour in the town of Zadar to see the Sea Organ.
The Sea Organ is pretty neat. It's a series of tubes housed under marble steps right at the edge of the sea. The waves interact with the giant instrument to create random and impressive harmonies. We parked nearby and could easily hear the unique sound from our car, even over the hammering rain. Hirsh, of course, had to get out and see it for himself. We had come this far already. In the thirty seconds he spent outside the car, he managed to get thoroughly soaked.
Annnd that pretty much sums up our time in Zadar. We could tell it would be a fun city to walk around, but not today. So, on to Split!
After returning our rental car in the most inconvenient of places (smack in the middle of a busy town with narrow streets and no actual parking lot for the rental cars - just wedge it in between some other cars on the street) to the most unfriendly rental car agent (it's impossible to really describe her, you just had to be there...words like brittle, caustic, and dismissive come to mind. At the end of our drop off, she said "Any questions? No? OK, you can leave."), we walked to our Booking.com accommodations for €30 per night. It was basically a tiny room in a family's home, but it was clean and well appointed and perfectly located.
Dinner was at a newly opened restaurant called Articok and came highly recommended online. It's a fun, vibrant place with beautifully presented and imaginative food. Hirsh had fish tacos and Sarah had fettuccine carbonara.
And we couldn't resist a little dessert at the Choco Cafe. We had walked by this place when we first arrived in town and knew we had to return later. We shared a divine piece of homemade caramel chocolate cake and cappuccinos.