One of the first real stops we came to after crossing from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina was in Jablanica, the site of a famous WWII battle and the museum dedicated to it. The Museum of the “Battle for the Wounded of Neretva” is situated next to the site of a bridge that was destroyed by Communist forces to confuse the Fascist forces. Read about it here.
(But seriously, It is really not uncommon to see random old fortifications as you drive along through the former Yugoslavia, in varying states of ruin. Many of them seem as lost to the heritage ministries as they are to the passerby but I would love to one day do a tour of them.)
Along the Magistrala we saw a few gunner bunkers. I believe them to be either WWII era or soon after (perhaps as post-war fortifications). These are not uncommon in the Balkans, with a variety of them to be found along major arteries, particularly by borders. The first was on the highway itself, with the second one close to the border with Herzegovina.
These are pictures taken driving down the Magistrala, which is a highway route along the Makarska Riviera into Bosnia-Herzegovina. The day we drove down was just a lot of blue sky, blue water, and very pretty sea-side home.
At this point, you’re asking yourself, “but Proxy Adventurer, how do the modern Croats live?”
And I know I said no more night shots, so here’s one of modern buildings at dusk, just as the sun diseappears on the horizon. So ends our stay in Split - from the perilous journey, to the beautiful emotions the city and our friends evoked.
Next stop, the Magistrala, Makarska Riviera, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Stay tuned!
Here are some shots of the interior of the large complex that is Diocletian’s Palace, during the day. These were shot during a festival called the Days of Diocletian, where tribute is simulated to the emperor and there is a grand ceremony of “Diocletian” coming out to greet the people. It was also the hottest day of the trip (I awoke literally suffocating), so I wasn’t keen to stand around waiting for one of the soldiers, but I got a good picture of a very nice looking Roman troop.