Split is the second largest city in Croatia. Its origins go back to 450 BCE. We visited the Diocletian’s Palace in the center of the old city. The palace is a marvel of ancient construction
All that walking made us hungry and thirsty. We discovered a lovely restaurant called Bokeria and enjoyed a leisurely lunch.
After lunch the guys went back to the hotel to chill while Eva and I checked out the shops. We got back to the hotel with time for a nice, long shower. The first ‘land shower’ after being on a boat all week is the best!
We found a quiet place for dinner with decent food and wine. I had enough of fish and lamb so I opted for the home-made ravioli. You can definitely see the Italian influence with Croatia being so close to Italy.
Wandering around the waterfront after dinner gave us a splendid view of the sunset.
The alarm went off at 3:45am to catch a taxi ride for our early flight back to London. It was pouring rain! We got to the airport before 5am and lined up. The workers didn’t start until 5:30 but the still managed to get everyone processed through and loaded up for the 6:15 flight. Guess they’ve done this before!
Our flight to Zagreb took 45 minutes in a prop plane. We grabbed a quick breakfast (coffee!!!) before catching our connection to London. We arrived in Heathrow in a little over 2 hours.
We parted ways with Rick and Eva. They were on their way back to London for a day at Wimbledon. Skip and I boarded the express bus to Gatwick where we would spend the night before our flight home the next day.
We were exhausted but not in a big rush to get to our B&B near Gatwick so we sat down at the airport for a big English breakfast complete with tea.
That’s a lot of food! Latchett’s cottage is a small B&B out in the English countryside about 10 minutes from Gatwick airport. Yes, we could have stayed in a non-descript hotel at the airport but I thought a last night on vacation should be more special.
The hosts were lovely and Kerry kept us amused. It was a lot like staying with your grandparents!
We took a long walk in the countryside and stopped on the way back at a pub for a bite to eat.
Our flight back home was long and uneventful. What a great way to end a memorable trip!