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Sunday September 25
I am falling a bit behind here, so just a quick entry on Split before we retire for the night. We have just been out for a quick stroll around the old town in the evening. We had a magical experience watching salsa dancing in the peristyle of Diocletian´s Palace, surely one of the most splending locations for a dance floor. Split´s big draw is the summer palace of Emperor Diocletian, built around 300 AD. Since then, the town of Split has grown up around it. The old town is a wonderful mess of buildings, mostly seeming to date from the 16th to 18th century, organically grown up within the walls of the palace. The peristyle is in fairly good shape, opposite matched sets of marble columns and arches. The connecting loggia is currently under scaffolding. Behind one set of arches is Diocletian´s mausoleum, converted into a cathedral, with additional bell tower. The other set of arches has been incorporated into the wall of a couple of palazzos, now the ˝Luxor˝ cafe. Between the arches is a small plaza, paved with marble. Last night we watched middle aged tourists dancing awkwardly to a live singer. Tonight, salsa dancing! Such energy and movement. It looks fun!