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Michael and I both agreed that Croatia was our favourite country. It may have been the fact that, finally, we were warm-ish! We saw spring for the first time and flowers and trees in bud. It may have been the awesome beauty of the Adriatic Coast. It may have been the fact that on the train from Split to Zagreb you got complementary sandwiches - not great sangers but the thought was wonderfully appreciated. It may have been the receptionist in our hotel in Zagreb who went to great lengths to find my cousin in Split. We will always be eternally grateful to her. And it may have been the fabulous and emotional time we spent with my long lost relatives.

But then again it may have been enchanting Dubrovnik or the historically interesting Split.

Who knows and who cares - it was just a wonderful country to be in for so many reasons.

The Cathedral tower - it borders the forum in Diocletian's Palace

Spring flowers erupting on the Corso

The Forum

An old section of the Palace. It is a "rabbit warren" of shops and residences.

The harbour marina looking towards Diocletians Palace

Looking down from Marian Hill

Inside the Palace

Bishop Gregory of Nin, sculpted by the famed Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. You have to rub his toe for good luck everytime you pass by!

The Forum - the cathedral is on the left.

Looking down from Marian Hill

The waterfront and the cathedral tower in Diocletian's Palace

Half way down Marian Hill

Inside the Palace again

More little alleyways, shops and apartments

Looking towards Split from the ferry

An Adriatic ferry pulling in to Split port.

The Cathedral entrance, looking towards the forum

The lovely Corso lined with restaurants and coffee shops.

Another view of the waterfront with one of the hundreds of stray cats roaming around

Such a beautiful setting with the mountains cascading down to the sea.

Our first glimpse of Split from the train.

The daily market - around the palace walls and spilling into the palace itself.

A little square inside the Palace

The Marian Steps

Lovely boutiques in old alleyways

A peaceful scene - looking towards Marian Hill

You can't come to Split without being harassed by hundreds of scooters

Towards the mountains from Marian Hill

St Gregory again - it is a massive statue.

A wall shrine inside the palace

A quirky little fountain - the water flows from a "tap" in the wall into the tea cup on the street.

Another little wall sculpture

Zagreb

The railway station in Zagreb.

A street in downtown

Such a lovely building - but so much graffiti along the lower stonework

I don't know what the parking laws are - but cars seemed to park wherever they could fit - on the road, on the footpath...........

Beautiful stonework

The Railway Station from the main park

The Palace of Arts - at the other end of the park from the Railway Station

The Palace of Arts

Such elegant roof tiling details

A very posh hotel near the Railway Station

Dog walkers!

This looks like communist era statuary.