Split, Croatia

The main area of Split, Croatia lies within the walls of Roman emperor Diocletian's palace, which was built in the 3rd century AD. The Old Town known as the Grad is within the palace walls.

It was very impressive to see the ancient fortified walls of the palace which looked more like a fort but now everything inside the walls has been made into homes or shops utilizing the palace walls and interior walls. There were hundreds of boutique shops mainly for women's clothes and many shoe shops, again mainly for women's shoes throughout. The narrow, odd-angled streets were very picturesque.

This port was VERY crowded as it was a Saturday and besides our ship (only housing 230 guests this week) and a much larger Celebrity Solstice, holding 2400 passengers, there were many Jadrolinija Ferries in from local islands and Greece and Italy. The uptick in people was very noticeable and the town didn't have the same quaintness as the previous three ports. I (Kenn) will be honest that is was my least favorite port and really have no interest in returning here. However I would gladly visit any of the previous three ports again.

We walked around for a few hours in Split, saw the fish market and the green market, had some very good gelato and then headed back to the ship as we had laundry to do (tres glamorous, huh?). We intentionally packed lighter than usual for this trip as we knew they had free laundry so 1 hour and 2 Mai tais later we were done with that little chore. Back out on the pool deck for lunch and more drinks and now we are laying out with bar service and typing up our day's activities.

Tonight is a special dinner on the pool deck called a hot rock dinner where we cook our own meats on hot rocks.

We are sad to know that we leave tonight for our final port (Venice, Italy) but at least we have a half day excursion there tomorrow when we arrive at Noon to hit some of the highlights (Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica) and then don't depart the ship until Monday morning where Al and I then transfer to a hotel for two nights to see even more of Venice. The weather in Venice looks like it could be a bit rainy which is unfortunate but what can we do? There hasn't been a drop of rain on the trip thus far and temperatures had been in the id to upper 80s which we gratis unusually warm for late September/early October so we'll count our blessings.

And if I haven't said it before......Silversea.....best cruise line ever!!!!