Around 10:30 a.m., we took the tender ashore. There were some pretty high waves, so it was not a comfortable trip at all. But a good conversation with an Australian former headmaster made up for this. Amazing how many nice people you meet on these trips. The advantage of tendering ashore is that you usually arrive in the heart of the city. In Split, Croatia, we walked right onto the Riva Boulevard. Beautiful, with lots of palm trees.
We then entered the walled city, which is actually the Diocletian Palace. We were a bit disappointed. We were expecting something like Dubrovnik, Croatia. In our opinion, Split doesn’t come close. The city is nice, but really “overshopped.” You can hardly see the sights because of all the booths standing in front of them, all selling junk. In Split, tourism seems to prevail over history. That is not what we are used to at other UNESCO World Heritage sites. Perhaps we were just spoiled by all the beautiful things we had already seen. We checked out Peristyle Square with the St. Duje Cathedral and after that we tried to avoid streets with shops and wandered through the smaller alleys.
This way we passed Zvonik sv. Arnira Bell Tower and arrived at the statue of Grgur Ninski (touching his golden toe is said to bring good luck), just outside the Golden Gate.
We also went up Marmontova street to the National Theater, which is colored bright yellow and a nice contrast to the clear blue skies.
After walking back over Trg Republike we felt like returning to the ship.
There were nice activities in the Queens Lounge, swimming in the Lido and cocktails in the Crows Nest. Tomorrow at this time we will be back home. After dinner in the Manhattan Dining room, we ventured over to the showroom where Mark Donoghue was performing again. The responses to his first show were very positive, so he did an all new show on the violin, guitar, piano and using his nice voice. Now it’s time to label our suitcases for debarkation. Luckily we are in the “Green” group, leaving the ship as late as possible