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Split. Croatia. P.1

o_l_g_a_r_i • 5 minutes read • November 21st, 2016
This was our next cruise stop - 

Split, Croatia

We had already been to Split once, when we lived in a resort town situated nearby, and went there on a tour ship. So, I remembered it pretty well.
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The city has remained unchanged since that time - well, and how can it change, if the old part of the city has been the same for a couple of millenniums? :)
The waterfront was quite nice, with a lot of cafes and benches - so if you are lucky with the weather, you don't need to hasten back to the ship, but you can sit on the waterfront with a glass of wine and watch views of the sea :)  
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After passing the city walls (there was a brisk trifle trading), we found yourself directly in 

Diocletian's Palace

.
Well, not the palace, but the ruins with adjacent cafes and shops.
The atmosphere was so realistic, it was like being back in olden times . . . almost like in Dubrovnik, only with fewer tourists.
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You can read about Diocletian and his emperorship in Wikipedia or in the guidebook. But it's better to brush up on your history before your trip - you'll perceive everything better.
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Just look at how tall these dressed up Roman soldiers were!
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We visited this cafe - it was the closest to the 

palace

.
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Prices there were unreasonably expensive :( The coffee, however, was good, as well as the service. We urgently needed Wi-Fi, so we settled there. Then, a little bit later, we went to another cafe a little away from the palace - and prices there were quite adequate...
However, I really liked the pictures on the cafe's walls :)
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The streets of the city were very picturesque. They were old, narrow, and cobbled with stones polished up to shine. We would have liked to continue walking there, but the rain was coming down. It had started in the morning without a sign of stopping anytime soon . . .  
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We didn't want to stay out in the rain, so we went to the local museum.
There was a small group of people near the entrance to the museum, they seemed to be a choir group, who were singing something so beautifully. People hiding from the rain in one of the surrounding arches were happy to join in with the calming and eternal music :) Moreover, they didn't have anywhere else to go...
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Well, I say they didn't have anywhere else to go, but they could have visited the museum!  
We found a lot of different and interesting things there.
Just look at these painted trunk boxes!
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Or, for example, at these carved wooden toys...
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I was absolutely amazed by their embroidery skills. Or is it not the embroidery?
Is it crocheting? Or what is also used for knitting?
In short - I was amazed by the laces.
Well, usual laces are probably the pride of women of different nationalities and ages - from Venetian women and residents of Bruges, to lace makers of Madeira and France... I've seen so many of them during my travels!!
Now I'm talking about these laces, which are used in clothing, tablecloths, linen and as a decorative covers on bureaus and bedside tables!
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Some of local laces were just stunning! They were so thin that you could certainly fit them in a thimble, if you folded them! The designs looked like cobwebs, not manmade creations! If you put it on the bedside table, it would immediately be blown away when someone sneezed :) Well, it is not clear why they used to knit such laces...
I do not know whether the picture clearly shows the intricate detailing . . . 
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There was also a section of folk clothing. We went there next (Split, Croatia. P.2)!
Author: O_L_G_A_R_I
Source: o-l-g-a-r-i.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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