|A Bas-Relief Map of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace helps you get your bearings in Split|
|The Bell Tower of the Cathedral of
St. Domnius dares from 1100 AD
|Two Cruise Ships in Split: Viking Star
and Splendour of the Seas…the latter
just a little over 50 percent bigger than the Star
but with over twice as many passengers.
dominates the entire center of the town. One of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean, Split is considered to be 1700 years old to coincide with the building of the Palace. However, archeologists discovered evidence of a Greek colony that thrived in the 4th century BC. Like so many places in this part of the world, Split has had many masters. It was Byzantine then became part of the Republic of Venice, until Venice fell to Napoleon when it was given to the Hapsburgs of Austro-Hungarian fame. With the fall of that Empire, in 1918, the city became part of Yugoslavia. During World War II it was annexed by Italy until that country fell to Germany. It went back to Yugoslavia after the war and finally in 1991, Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia following the Croatian War of Independence. Phew.
|Fishing Shacks on the Cetina,
a river known for its trout.
the other. It seems impossible to believe that any river could penetrate these massive walls of limestone but then you come to the Cetina. We boarded boats for a thirty-minute ride up to Kaštel Slanica, a restaurant known for serving local specialties. These include frogs, eels and trout from the river, and game—venison, boar and water hen– from the forests. I was disappointed to see that all that was on offer to us was a platter of ham and cheese, some rather good bread and red or white wines. And in keeping with all
my culinary activities this cruise, the wine was served at about 11:00 in the morning. As we approach the shank end of the cruise, several fellow passengers wondered what on earth they were going to do when not served wine every morning before 11:00.