Cruising from Venice to Split

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After 3 wonderful days in Florence, we hopped a train to Venice to catch our boat. Cruising from Venice entails sailing down the gorgeous Grand Canal.  I’m not that big of a fan of Venice (too croweded and touristy) but sailing down the Grand Canal is something everyone should do once.

Grand Canal Venice

Piazza San Marco in Venice is the most famous square with Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and the Campinile (bell tower).

Piazza San Marco Cruising from Venice

The ship took us from Venice to Split, Croatia.

Split Croatia harbor

Croatia is on my list of destinations to visit in the future.  Dubrovnik is the big city you hear most about (I have been there once and it is great!) but Croatia deserves a more in-depth visit

Split Croatia Church

Split is right on the Adriatic Sea and is known for Diocletian’s Palace which was built almost 1,700 years ago.

Diocletian’s Palace Split Croatia

The palace was more like a palace/fortress and Split put up a lot of different tourist signs so we could read about the history of the palace and the many changes through the years.

Split old town

They have a statue of Dumbledore:

Split Dumbledore Statue

Okay, it is probably not Dumbledore.  The streets inside the palace were narrow as expected from such an old place.  There were many cute shops and cafes to explore inside, particularly in the basement near the museum entrance.

Greek CruiseSplitstreet

Mom decided though that she would rather have her overpriced diet coke with water views so we sat along the “boardwalk”.

Greek CruiseSplitBoardwalk

Later on in the day when I needed a break, I came back here to sit on a bench with my iPad and used Split’s free WIFI- the fastest free WIFI I have ever used.  Good job, Split!!!

Greek CruiseSplitBoardwalk2

Split may not need more than one day to see but it is a great starting off point for a trip sailing around Croatia, hiking and visiting the waterfalls of Krka National Park, rafting the Cetina River, experiencing the Plitvice Lakes, and visiting Hvar Island.  I have a long list of places to go in Croatia!

The opera house in Split:

Greek CruiseSplitoperahouse

Next up is the island of Crete!  I love this sign:  Andrea is the Best!

Cruising from Venice Andrea sign

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