Day 23 Sunday 19th May 2019
The ship arrived quite early in Split today. We were up at around 7:45am, then down to breakfast at around 8:30am. The weather was overcast and quite chilly so we didn’t rush over breakfast. We left the ship at around 10am to walk through the port to the town of Split, the walk took about 25 minutes. There is a very old Roman palace here from 305AD (the Palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who retired to this coast just across from Italy). There are now many shops, a large uninteresting market, cafes, restaurants etc in this area together with an ancient bell tower as well as Jupiter’s Temple that predates the Palace and the very old city walls with narrow streets and hidden lanes. Jupiter’s Temple was much smaller than we had expected and only contained a couple of sarcophagi although the roof was interesting with carvings depicting faces showing different emotions. We walked around the town and then up the hill towards a lookout, but after yesterday’s walk we didn’t continue to the top but walked back down again from a viewpoint to the port and back to the ship. We got back around 1:30pm, had lunch and a cocktail and read for a while - today is the last shore day prior to reaching Venice tomorrow morning. We didn’t think Split was as interesting as Kotor yesterday, and the crowds made it hard to judge how impressive Diocletian’s Palace was. Kotor was in a more beautiful setting and Split was much bigger, busier and more touristy. Tonight we enjoyed the last spectacular show of the cruise and dinner with one of our table companions, the other person wasn’t well tonight. We farewelled our waiters Bagus and Joseph for the last time, sad really. Then we returned to the cabin to pack our bags to leave in the corridor for collection for disembarkation tomorrow, late to bed.