The pupils, accompanied by their teacher Ana Šarčević, learned about the culture of the towns of Split, Trogir and the island of Hvar. The field trip would not have been possible without the selfless efforts of Branka Bezić Filipović, the head of the Split branch office of the CHF, and the sponsors that covered the children’s travel costs.
A field trip was organised, as was last year, from the 20th to 24th of March for pupils attending Croatian language and culture instruction from the Montenegrin towns of Tivat and Kotor. The pupils, accompanied by their teacher Ana Šarčević, and by Ljerka Sindik on behalf of the Croatian language instruction school committee, learned about the culture of the towns of Split, Trogir and the island of Hvar.
Their first destination was Split. The pupils visited the Poljud football (soccer) stadium before spending a few hours at the City Center One shopping mall. They were housed during their stay at the Split Pupil’s Dormitory. The dormitory’s director Mladen Kamenjarin and the other member’s of the institution’s staff did their best to make the children feel at home.
The second day of the field trip included a visit to the Ivan Meštrović Museum. The children were then led by a guide through the cellars of the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. On day three, on the way to Trogir, we saw the ruins of Salona, the former metropolis of the Roman province of Dalmatia, near the present day town of Solin. Salona is protected by UNESCO, as is the town of Trogir where a guide led us on a visit to the cathedral of St Lawrence. The constant rain did nothing to dampen the children’s spirits in visiting the major points of interest such as the church of St Sebastian and Kamerlengo tower. A short stop was made at a local konoba in Drvenik. The field trip continued on the island of Hvar – the sunniest island in the Adriatic Sea. The children were housed in the settlement of Jelsa, where they toured the church of Our Lady of Health, the patron of Jelsa. They also toured the 14th century church of the Assumption of Mary and the Tomić winery (Vinarija Tomić), where their guide was owner Andro Tomić, whose family has been active in wine making for 150 years.
On the island of Hvar we visited the town of Hvar and learned about the history of the town, the cathedral of St Stephen, the clock tower, the Hektorović palace and the Arsenal, home of the first civic theatre house in Europe, from Mirjana Kolumbić, the senior custodian at the Hvar Heritage Museum. The children were also fascinated by their tour of the local Franciscan monastery and church of St Mary of Mercy. At the monastery they saw the museum collection of old books, coins and ware. They visited the Benedictine monastery of St John the Baptist and Anthony the Abbot where specific and unique lace created without drawings from agave thread, various ware, ethnographic artefacts and paintings are on display. Monsignor Slobodan Štambuk, the bishop of Hvar spoke inspiringly about the exhibits at the diocesan museum. Slavko Reljić, the head of the parish board in Jelsa, took it upon himself to make sure that the children would want for nothing during their stay on Hvar.
The field trip would not have been possible without the selfless efforts of Branka Bezić Filipović, the head of the Split branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, and the sponsors that covered the children’s travel costs: Dental Smile, Dentalux, Hotel Splendid, the Croatian Civic Initiative, the Croatian Civic Society of Montenegro, the Croatian National Council of Montenegro, INA Montenegro, the Diocese of Kotor, Ledo, the Municipality of Bar, the Municipality of Kotor, the Municipality of Tivat, Porto Montenegro, the Tivat Tourism Organisation and the Spasić-Mašera Pupil’s and Student’s Dormitory. Find the photos at www.radiodux.me.