18 September 2010; Saturday: Split (Croatia)
Split was another of those visits where we could have walked across the road from the Harbour straight into the Old Town inside Diocletian's Palace. However, this time, the excursion gave real added value - trouble is, you can never be sure unless you've done extensive research beforehand.
Anyway, we took the tour again and were taken to a sculpture galley on a hill above the town. This was a beautiful modernist building, holiday home of the sculptor Igor Mestrovic and is now filled with his sculptures; bronzes, stone carvings and panels and some wood carvings.
The house itself overlooked the bay with the best views in the city. This was one of the occasions when, had we not taken the excursion, we would not have visited Mestrovic’s house or seen the sculptures and would certainly have missed out on a great experience. It’s a very difficult choice to make when you don’t have enough information.
The sculptures seemed to fall into 2 categories, or 2 periods of his life. The first was very classical, representational and almost brutally realist and the second a more stylised almost art deco style. They were stunning and one in particular made a great impression on Marea.
Alabaster panel: Madonna
As we sailed, it was beginning to cloud over and, before long, the sun had gone. Still warm enough to sit out with a G+T, though. There’s a thunderstorm on the way during the night.