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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It was only by chance that we decided to head to Split for our 4th anniversary of being together and by no means does it suggest anything. It would be hard to imagine that happening in any relationship if you visit Croatia's second largest city in the heart of the Dalmatian Coast. Split is incredibly beautiful, and like its southern neighbour, Dubrovnik, was heavily influenced by their Venetian rulers back in the day. It honestly feels more like Italy than much of Italy does! Marble streets, stunning waterfront, windy and confusing alleys, the works... It helps that Split was the retirement home to Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 7th century. He built a massive palace here that eventually housed all of the old town once he passed on. That same waterfront palace also doesn't deter tourists from visiting as it provides quite the beautiful setting for any getaway. We were lucky enough to stay in the middle of the old town in a hostel that decided to upgrade our room to a small apartment for the same price. We quickly snapped it up and didn't hesitate to take advantage of the kitchen while we were there.
Our first day in Split was spent winding our way through the confusing Venice-like streets finding museums, galleries, and artsy shops around almost every corner. We also made it out of the old town to explore the waterfront and found a couple of small stone beaches with barely a soul sunning themselves (26 degrees and no one was around). That evening we went for a drink with some friends from Quebec that we met in Sarajevo. We headed along the waterfront to an area packed with cafes, restaurants, and clubs that cater to those looking for a relaxing setting to watch the sun set. It was quite a nice evening.
The next day we went to check out the City Museum. It houses a small amount of artifacts from Split's past, but also gives a detailed history of how the city came to be. Split has had a pretty intense and tumultuous past with countless empires and countries conquering it over and over. It is no wonder there has been so much conflict as this place is quite the jewel to possess. That evening we went out for a nice dinner to celebrate our little anniversary. We had a fabulous meal at a place that caters to locals. We even managed to get a couple rounds of grappa for free out of the server. Maybe that is why Meg ended up spilling a half of a bottle of olive oil on me... It has been a fabulous four years. Who needs Amalfi when you have the Dalmatian Coast. We truly prefer this area to the famed Italian coast clogged with tourists. The visitors have started to come to Croatia, but it is still in the early stages of embracing tourism. We can only imagine what it will be like when the secret is out. Come here before everyone else does, you will not be disappointed. From here we move inland to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb for a few days.
Megan and Kevin
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