Wednesday, 10 April 2019 Dubrovnic
So today we arrived in Dubrovnik. We had to take the tender boat to go ashore. The weather is still chilly but the sun was shining. We did a very interesting walking tour of the city but had to don rain ponchos at the end as it started raining. Val and I stayed a bit longer to shop and explore but I didn’t want Earl to stay out in the cold so he went back on the tender boat. We only stayed an hour longer.
We were also taken to a demonstration of how they make jewelry from coral. The coral used regrows very quickly but is difficult to retrieve as it grows at a great depth.
Thursday, 11 April 2019 Omis and Split
The weather improved today. We had the most awesome guide who did the city walk in both Omis and Split. An awesome boat trip was included from Omis. Just when I was wondering when it would end as it became chilly and I was hungry, a secluded restaurant appeared out of nowhere! It was here that we had lunch and afterwards took the bus back to Split and the ship.
The walking tour of Split was interesting. The main feature is Diocletian’s Palace. It was built as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor, Diocletian in the fourth century AD.
A sort of mall has been incorporated into the remains of the palace, beautifully blending the old with the new.
Only one of the twelve sphinxes brought to Split after Diocletian suppressed a rebellion in Egypt in 297 AD. Only one remains and stands at the Peristyle.
It is made of black granite and dates back to Pharaoh Tuthosis III who lived between 1479 and 1425. The vessel in her hands is meant for offerings.
The Port of Split