What a beautiful entrance into Split, the second largest city in Croatia. It lies along the seashore and is centered around the Royal Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, which was built in 305. It was intended to be the retirement home, half for the Emperor, the rest to house the military. Now the palace is home to many residences within its walls, along with numerous restaurants and shops. UNESCO declared the palace and all of its surrounding buildings as a world heritage site as one of the most famous and complete architectural Roman palaces in the Mediterranean.
The outer wall of the palace is lined with rows of seafood restaurants and sidewalk cafes on a wide boardwalk all along the shoreline giving patrons wonderful place to sip coffee and dine beneath rows of shade umbrellas, bask in the warm sun, and watch the world go by. This is certainly a lovely seaport city with a lot of boating activities with a shoreline life that supports the lifestyle.
To our surprise, we are here on a day when beautiful vintage automobiles from the 1930s are lined up and on full display along the boardwalk, each one more beautiful than the next. They are all on their way to a road rally through the former Yugoslavian countryside, along some of the most scenic roads in this area. We hardly had time to take a few photos before the drivers and owners appeared, hopped into cars, and we heard the roar of the engines as they slowly parted the crowds with their vehicles, and we watched the rear of the cars disappear down roads into the unknown. It sure was difficult to know which one of these cars I would love to own!!