We all got a pretty good nights sleep, although I was having trouble keeping the thoughts in my head to a dull roar as the train headed south toward Split. Shortly before we got on the train in Zagreb I got an email letting me know that I would be filling in for Paul Daugherty on the Cincinnati Enquirer website for one of his daily columns coming up in a little less than two weeks. While the train chugged along, column ideas somersaults in my head. Still, it was a great way to travel, and unlike a couple of overnight trains that we took in Vietnam that arrived at their destination at five or six in the morning, this one arrived in Split at eight am.
Split was an important domino in our plans to get to Italy. Flying into and out of Croatia is for some reason very expensive. But the ferry could get us from Split to Ancona Italy for less than 300 euro for all four of us, while flying was going to cost about five times that.
Split sounded a bit busy for our tastes after spending a lot of time in Budapest seeing as much as we could in our four days there. We wanted to adjust our pace some, so we decided to head for Trogir, which is about 25 kilometers up the coast from Split. Interestingly, the oldest part of the city is on an island between the mainland and a larger island of Ciovo.
The apartment we booked was on Ciovo, just across the bridge from the old city and gave us a great view of the marina.