After our wonderful visit to Dubrovnik, we traveled north along the Dalmatian Coast to Split, the second largest city in Croatia. This is where the Roman Emperor Diocletian built an elaborate palace in preparation for his retirement. Today, what remains of the palace is actually a living, breathing city—full of restaurants, businesses, and lots of shopping (I've never seen as many shoe stores anywhere as I did in this city!). The Riva (waterfront promenade) has a Mediterranean vibe and is a stunning place to sit with a cocktail, people-watch, and admire the boats in the harbor.
We also had the opportunity to visit the nearby medieval town of Trogir, and had a blast exploring its narrow streets and passageways.
Another great thing about Croatia? The food! Italian influences (the Venetians ruled this land for hundreds of years) and the prevalence of truffles in the northern part of the country mean lots of delicious pizza, pasta (in a truffle cream sauce!), cured ham, and fresh seafood. Yum!
Croatia is an extraordinary country with boundless natural beauty and warm, friendly people. We can't wait to go back and discover more!
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