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Diocletian’s Palace

We landed in Split in the early afternoon. I knew nothing about Croatia. I had never even considered it as a destination worth taking the time to see. I had no idea how beautiful it was gong to be. I would honestly compare it to Greece and Turkey for its tropical coastline. Knowing so little about it, I was expecting a more Eastern European feel like its neighbours of Austria and Hungary. I will be doing far more research about our destinations in the future before we fly. Palm trees lined the streets and the air had the salty smell and taste of the sea. It was wonderful.

It was November when we arrived so despite the glorious temperatures, the sun went down very early and the air cooled dramatically. Sweaters to be worn in the evening.

We were flying out again the next morning so we had to find something to do and a place to eat straight away. We were lucky that our hotel was in the town of Split and not at an airport hotel. The drive from the Airport, however to the Split city centre is only about 25min. As we were checking in to the hotel I was on my phone trying to figure out the best things to see or do as well as eat in Split. Diocletian’s Palace was everything we were looking for. Myself and a few of the other crew ladies, met in the lobby and headed out on the town.

Diocletian’s Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. It is not just a free standing building. It forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. There are alley’s and corridors going in all directions. Shopping and dining are a part of the experience. People still live amongst its walls in many “apartments” within the palace. It is unlike anything I have ever seen. Laundry is being hung on lines between walls that were constructed in the fourth century. What an incredible place to live.

 

We walked through a small area where local artisans were selling hand crafted goods, unique antiquities and junkie souvenirs, through the residential area where people lived in the palace in what seemed to be small apartment style places. Shortly beyond that was what I think is the Northern Gate to the Imperial Apartments, based on the research I did when I got home. The ancient construction is an unbelievable sight. Everything is made from Limestone and Marble.

 

 

 

Past that we entered a shopping arcade. Narrow streets lined with shops. Unique clothing and furniture as well as a few ice cream and toy stores. I bought one of the most unique pair of sneakers I have ever owned and they were made in Croatia. While walking the shopping promenade I was most impressed by the marble walkways. So many feet have traveled them that the marble has become smooth as glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally we found our way out to the Southern Wall where many restaurants occupied the ancient cellars of the palace. Choosing a restaurant was very difficult. One of our members is a vegan, and I have very expensive taste while the others weren’t too keen on spending too much money. Our Vegan friend is always extremely accommodating but we wanted to find something that we all could enjoy together. After reading a lot of menu’s the place we finally chose did not disappoint. Regrettably, I did not take a picture of the front of the restaurant or the menu so I have no idea today what the restaurant was called.

 

 

 

Satisfied and with full bellies, we stumbled back to the hotel to get ready to fly out the following morning.