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  • Frances Schwabenland

Getting Lost in Trogir, Croatia

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

David Heath and I have been running photo tours for several years. We prepare for these by first traveling to a location and search to find the most photographic sites. So on this night, we left the group to go and explore Trogir at sunset. We met up with an excellent Croatian photographer who drove us 30 minutes west of Split and we walked across a small bridge to enter into this quaint wonderland. Our first site was the imposing Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It was started in 1193 and spanned several centuries and was completed, bell tower and all, at the end of the 16th century. It reflects a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Climbing the bell tower could provide sweeping views but sad to say, it had just closed at 6 pm. Plan B was instituted...enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes surrounding the cathedral and plan out our photographic strategy. We only had a short amount of time with this beautiful golden light so we took Robert Frost's advice and went on the path less traveled and "that made all the difference!" We went off the beaten path deep into the maze of twisting alleys. It was a photographer's haven... small stone homes with flowering vines, cobblestone paths, colorful vespas and bikes parked just in the right spots. The shutter on our cameras were working overtime as the light faded and our time had come to an end. We were so grateful for the few hours of happily getting lost deep within Trogir and breathing in its simplicity and beauty.

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