Posted by: viewfromtheriva | November 5, 2013

Split’s fabulous laundry


Why use a drier (which few people own) when the sun is free?!

Why use a dryer (which few people own) when the sun is free?!

I have wanted to do a post about Split’s fabulous laundry since the first day I arrived.  With so much sun, few people buy dryers.  But the flats that line the warren of alleys in the Palace and the narrow streets outside don’t have yards, so it’s either hang laundry inside or use the balcony or a window sill.

My favorite laundry is the secret garden in the center of the Palace, just steps from the Peristil.  Walk up Diocletian street, pardon the Anglicized name, take the first left at the enclosed arch and there it is!

The secret garden where the best hanging laundry is in Split!

The secret garden where the best hanging laundry is in Split!

Because this garden is surrounded on three sides by tall, ancient apartments, the residents have created an aerial tramway for wet wash and boy is it spectacular!   This photo only shows the lowest line, but when it’s a bright sunny day, and everyone is flying their colors, it’s a fabulous four-story extravaganza of Split’s best laundry.

framed by the 1,700 year old walls of the Palace, fluttering in the wind.

framed by the 1,700 year old walls of the Palace, fluttering in the wind.

Although I am partial to a seeing a flotilla of wash sailing in the air, even a T shirt and pair of undies still looks cool up against the ancient patina of the Palace.

clothes three

Sometimes a single line of laundry tells the whole story—from a tiny pair of socks at one end, slowly expanding to kid-sized boxers, mom’s slip, dad’s jeans and finally the sheets and pillowcases.  What I would really love to do is celebrate the world’s laundry in a hardcover book.  Although a T shirt is a T shirt in most countries, imagine what beauties from Mozambique, Tanzania, Cuba, Bali, China, Khazakstan, etc. are waiting to be captured?!

show your colors, hang your wash!

show your colors, hang your wash!

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