The Church of St. Peter
The church was built in the 13th century while in the all current form is possesing the Baroque characteristics. Above the main doors be situated the bust of St. Peter.
The church is situated in the central part of the old core of the town and you can easilly miss it when strolling around because all these short and narrow streets look alike.
Cathedral of St. John
This cathedral is one of the most known monuments of Trogir. It's tower is the highest in Trogir and you can climb it for the price of 5 kn. It is definitely worth seeing the view. And don't miss entering the curch- it's beautiful interior leaves you breathless and feeling deeply spiritual.
The City Loggia, inside
The first photo shows the bas-relief of the side wall (the longest) of the City Loggia. It represents the "ban" of Croatia (viceroy of Croatia), Petar Berislaviċ, carved by Ivan Mestrovic.
The second photo shows the bas-relief on the bottom wall (the shortest) of the city Loggia. It was carved by Nicholas of Florence (Nikola Firentinaċ) and represents symbolically Justice, on top. At the lower level of the bas-relief, St. John of Trogir and St. Lawrence stand on each side. Amazingly, the central panel is not carved. I do not know why.
One of our trips was to drive up the middle of the country to visit “C”’s family farm for a few days. Along the way on this adventure, we spent a couple of nights in the little old historic and preserved town of Trogir (say tro gear).
Trogir is another UNESCO world heritage site like Dubrovnik. In the 3rd century BC, the Greeks founded this settlement and it went on to become part of the Roman Empire. Part of the city walls built between the 13th and 14th centuries, are still visible on the southern side of the city. In the middle of the city wall is the city gate, which was built in 1593. The city’s cathedral is on the main square and dates from the early 13th century. It is a very well preserved little city. The streets are old faded stone and probably the narrowest of all Croatia.
It is a miniature old town similar to Dubrovnik but with lots of fancy yachts and tourist action. We thought that there was actually too much tourist action, for the traffic was literally at a standstill for many hours. We sat in a car in a line on a two way little coastal road not moving except for a few inches every ten minutes for so.
A twenty minute drive truly took one and half hours. Just too many people were in the area. My thought is that there is no infrastructure to handle all that people movement, and then I sadly thought about the same situation happening in other parts of the small and unspoiled Croatia.
"Okrug Gornji – beach area"
We stayed in a private apartment about 4 km outside of town in a quiet little beach area. We spent the morning down at the beach, and little naked Luca was cute. He was spooning out most of “C”’s cappuccino into his mouth as “C” was busy talking with another woman on the beach. Pretty soon the cup was empty and “C” didn’t have any. Staying out of Trogir was actually nice, and because of traffic issues we took the taxi boat from our beach back and forth across the bay into Trogir. The boat taxi captain seemed to run on his own schedule, for there were about ten of us waiting at the predicted time, but the boat eventually came. When someone inquired about the scheduled time, they were told not to worry, for the captain was probably taking a lunch break somewhere along the way. The same was true on the return trip. It was pretty exciting for we had to throw Luca’s stroller up on the roof of the boat, and then the crew boys were hanging over the front of the boat as we puttered along. I kept having visions of all those over-crowded ferries in India sinking on a regular basis. But considering we were never more than 50 yards from the shoreline, there probably wasn’t too much to fret about.
Trogir was a nice little place. The old town’s walkways are very narrow, certainly not wide enough for any auto movement. At night there were some medieval costumed musicians playing medieval instruments in one little corner area. The main boardwalk is a postcard scene with wide cement walkway lined with tall palm trees along with the big yachts, benches and a nice grassy area. Behind the boardwalk are some outdoor cafes and other shops. Maybe you have reached another scene from paradise when you visit this spot.
Driving out of Trogir, you immediately use your low gear and head up, up, and more up. While waiting for a nose bleed to occur, you get to see one of the most spectacular views of the city below along the sea.
"NP PAKLENIC - A GOOD REST STOP"
As our drive continues inland, we stopped at a national park area, which the sign listed as NP Paklenic. There we had a nice lunch with giant pizzas, salad, and beer. We walk over to the beach area and it really isn’t too much of a place. Things picked up we noticed a young lady sunbathing totally undressed lying face up on a blanket. Her little bikini was dangling perfectly above her head from a shrubbery bush. A very artistic view we all agreed on. From there we somehow ended climbing through a broken fence, which divided the beach area, and we then discover the nice part of the beach.
Later we found out that this area was part of an all-inclusive hotel resort complex. Luca played on a great kiddie playground complete with motorized little cars and tanks he could sit in and propel around the sand. We spent some time in their nice cool and refreshing swimming pool, since it was so hot on the beach and we ended up entertaining ourselves there for a few hours.
We noticed another NP called ‘Krka’ from the highway that looked very nice for a future visit. It was a little lake area surrounded by hills with sailboats and lodging built into the mountain side – almost like a Swiss Alps picture. I hoped to spend a few days sometime in the future, but it is in the middle of the country and would be quite a drive to get there no matter if you started from Zagreb, Split, or Dubrovnik.