By Arlene Solis Chua
The Diocletian’s Palace in the city of Split in Croatia impressed me no end. I was so amazed when I first went inside, passing through the underground made of stone walls of Roman-inspired interior and exterior. It’s like walking in the Museum of Roman Art and Architecture.
The palace is very well preserved and clean.
In October 2010, I visited Split, the second largest city in Croatia, but had no time to explore the palace. Now I am back in this place and was able to watch the Games of the Thrones the 1st season which was shoot here.
Split lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
The palace is in the Old Town which is only a 15 minute walk from the the pier where our ship, the Norwegian Jade, is moored every two weeks for four months.
Pizza and pasta remain the most favorite food in Split, I guess because it is near Italy. It only takes a five hour drive to Venice and two hours by plane.
The Croatians are tall, usually standing 5’8 and are pretty much free-spirited and unmindful of everybody’s business.
Croatia was first a duchy in the late 8th century and then a kingdom in the 10th century. From the 12th century, it remained a distinct state, maintaining its own ruler and parliament. But it obeyed the neighboring kings and emperors, primarily Hungary and Austria.
The period from the 15th to the 17th centuries was marked by bitter struggles for Croatia against the Ottoman Empire. It regained independence in 1991 after being part of Yugoslavia for most of the 20th century.