A fitful night with little sleep (will this jet lag never end?) and in the morning we explored the Imperial Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire old section of Split with the palace as its centerpiece is a virtual open-air museum with the city’s contemporary life bustling through it. Rand and I enjoyed a coffee in the square where we watched families returning from church, bags of fresh produce in their hands.
Saturday morning, we boarded the bus to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured in a recent National Geographic Traveler as one of the 100 best parks in the world. Here 16 turquoise lakes are linked by a series of waterfalls and cascades. We enjoyed a 3 mile walk along the water’s edge. It was warm, but not too hot so greatly enjoyed the chance to stretch our legs in this natural setting v. city streets. Unfortunately the walk and the 300+ stairs quickly were more than several in the group could handle.
While most of our fellow travelers took the optional tour to Omiis, where the Cetina river empties into the Adriatic Sea, we took the afternoon off and enjoyed the city and the boat in relative quiet. Tonight we’re invited to join the Captain’s Table for our welcome dinner.
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