An Atmospheric Evening In Split

Moonlight. Mushy 60’s music. The company of a good man in the midst of lovely strangers. Chilled beer on the candle lit steps of a restaurant named after a Phaeronic necropolis, in the hippostyle hall of an ancient Roman Palace comprising the heart of a beautiful Balkan city. All watched over by Thutmosis’ inscrutable Sphinx.

One of my favourite things to do of an evening in Split.



“The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.” ~Paul Scott

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

58 thoughts on “An Atmospheric Evening In Split

    1. It was a special experience Lisa. And free (except for the optional beer) 🙂 Thank you for your virtual company dear friend. Have a fabulous day!

    1. Glad you enjoyed this Paolo. I thought that ambience was hard to beat 🙂
      Love the photo of the rooftops you linked to. Is it from the bell tower?

  1. That kind of evening and atmosphere can never be planned, which makes it all the more special. Kind of how I felt at a recent lunch spot in Cuba; I could never have anticipated the delight, which made it even more delightful!

    1. You are so right Lex. I can imagine Cuba throwing up such unexpected delights. Can’t wait to experience it myself.

      1. Dear Lex, could you please release my comment from your spam folder? I seem to get blacklisted by some blogs everytime I return after a long absence!

  2. Ah! A thought perhaps for a friend who feels happy for you and is transported to the seat beside you, sipping a nimbusoda!

    1. Ha ha, the sphinx is the black blob at centre left. The man is standing next to me and hasn’t yet moved to those steps on the right. Should have got him to dress up in gladiator togs for effect, a la Sheik Badfish 😀

    2. Badfish, you might want to release my comments from your spam folder when you have the time. Hope all’s well. Happy travels and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  3. How wonderful to find you here, Madhu! A city I’ve heard mixed reports of but I’d love to use it as a base for some of those islands. I can feel that lovely vibe. 🙂 Hope life is improving for you, hon.

    1. Much improved, thank you Jo. The BIL is back home, although still on a portable ventilator. Picking up my schedule seems harder than I anticipated….sat all day today staring at my screen determined to put out something 🙂 Hope all well with you.

  4. Unbelievably tranquil for a night in Split. A lovely capture transmitting serenity. Thank you for sharing, Madhu.

        1. 🙂 I believe you. Today’s Dubrovnik has nothing to do with Dubrovnik in which I grew up, but it is of course hard to get a real image of a place just by visiting it. One has to live to know.

        2. I agree. I am speaking from a visitor’s perspective. Dubrovnik felt like a museum…not enough locals for my liking. I bet it was different when you lived there.

    1. Ha ha, I preferred Split to Dubrovnik, although Zadar was my favourite, even with the least visual appeal of the three. Posts coming up once I sort through my enormous backlog. Now off to check which part of the world you are currently in…..

  5. Madhu, what a wonderful teaser from a city I’ve been hoping to visit for a very long time. I hope things are looking up for your dear brother-in-law, and that your father-in-law is recovering well.

    1. Much belated thanks dear James. Father in law – that superman! – is fine. The brother in law is still on a ventilator, but back home and showing signs of improving. It’ll be a blessing if he can get off the ventilator and on to oxygen support. Fingers crossed.

    1. Ha, no it certainly isn’t, but that evening was even more special 🙂 Much belated thanks Brian. Hope all is well with you.

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