Where We Be
Split, Croatia
We set foot on Croatian soil for the first time
and began with a walk along the Riva. The Riva
is the city's famous promenade beside the sea,
fresh from a $12 million renovation completed in
2007. The Riva was packed with people eating at
the cafes since there were three cruise ships in
port, but it was still a pleasant place to amble.

The biggest sight to see in Split -- and the one
we were the most excited about -- is Diocletian’s
Palace. This palace is unique in the world: a
grand Roman monument where people still live.
Shops, hotels, and cafes co-exist with the
historic buildings of this 1,700-year-old palace.
The walled enclave was built as a retirement
retreat by Diocletian, the Croatian-born last
pagan emperor of Rome. It covers 10 acres and
took 20,000 slaves 10 years to build.  It’s a huge
palace but a relatively small historic town, so it
only took about an hour to wander through its
warren of streets.
Inside Diocletian's Palace, we stood under an oculus (a huge hole in the ceiling) looking up at
the sky while a Croatian singing group harmonized, making use of the room’s unusual acoustics
The Riva makes for a pleasant place to amble -- and on the other side of those palm trees are dozens of cafes with outdoor seating
This closer-in view from the tender dock shows Split's palm-lined Riva, or waterfront promenade
Robin jumps for joy at setting foot in Croatia for the first time
A first peek at the 1700-year-old walls and towers of Diocletian's Palace
The Peristil is a lovely town square near the palace's center that was once Diocletian's reception room. Now, as you can see, it's a reception room for tourists!
This unusual art installation of the Last Supper was located right in the Peristil. How often do you get a chance to pose with Jesus?
One of the original walls of Diocletian's Palace -- still standing after 1700 years
Late in the afternoon, the crowds thinned and we were able to wander the back streets of what was once Diocletian's Palace in relative peace
This is what Diocletian's Palace once looked like -- the city of Split grew out of it
This is a view of Split and its harbor from our cruise ship -- we took tenders from the ship to the city
This huge statue of Gregorius of Nin (a Croatian religious
leader) stands at the northern gate of Diocletian's Palace
Now residents live within the palace's crumbling walls
The still-intact basement of Diocletian's
Palace now contains shops and cafes
Croatian is definitely not a romance language -- thank goodness for pictograms like this one
(for a pedestrian zone) or otherwise we'd have no idea what the signs were saying