"Are these underwear yours?" DIS Viking Italian Sojourn 2018 TR *NEW* 7/14

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  1. khertz

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    Day 7 Continued: Wednesday March 28th

    We walked around looking for churches but most of them were closed. Eventually we made it to the Basilica of St. Nicholas and we were able to go inside.


    This church had the crypt of St. Nicholas down underneath, and you could visit down there but had to be silent.


    There wasn’t much else to do because everything seemed to be closed (sounds about right!) so we walked along the water before going back to the spot to catch the next shuttle back to the ship.


    There was a burned out ship sitting in port near us, which was weird.

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    We went back to the stateroom and had to shower and get dressed up for dinner because tonight we were eating at the other signature restaurant, Manfredi’s! We’d heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone who had been able to try it so far, so we were excited!

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    Our reservation was at 7:30 at our shared 4-top table, but we decided to try our luck and see if we could get in earlier. We checked with that same hostess, who I’m sure was sick of seeing us by that point, who again told us, “I’m sorry, it’s not possible.”

    We went upstairs to play some games at the tables to kill time, and at some point DH got some photos of us sailing away.

    Then we went back down to Manfredi’s closer to our reservation time, and without even saying anything, the hostess checked us in and brought us to a 2-top table. I don’t know why we even had to deal with the headache of that shared 4-top and not being able to dine with other DISers! It was so stupid. We were actually seated next to a huge table of podcasters, and Pete made sure to loudly make comments about how annoying it is when people take photos of their food. :rotfl:

    We started off with some bread, olive oil, and pecorino Romano cheese to snack on while we looked over the menu.

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    So many things looked so good that we ended up ordering 3 entrees and 3 desserts to share! For entrees, we got the chicken parmesan, smoked mozzarella ravioli, and lasagna.


    Everything was delicious, but that chicken parm won hands down!

    For dessert, we each went with the amarone chocolate dessert and got a tiramisu to share, but we both decided we are not fans of tiramisu.

    This was the best meal we had onboard! Everything was delicious, and the service was awesome! I wish we would have been able to eat here multiple times like others were, but I’m just glad it all ended up working out in the end.
    Somehow, DH still had room after all of that food and still wanted gelato, so we stopped by the buffet again.


    They were closing up by the time we finished in there.

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    After DH’s second dessert, we went up to the lounge and spent the evening hanging out with a bunch of DISers! It was so nice because it always seemed like we were getting to know another couple or someone else from the group when we got up there. It was a great end to the night before heading down to bed!

    UP NEXT: On To Croatia
     
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  2. TheMaxRebo

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    That town you visiting looks so pretty with all the views out to the water!

    We had just done the included tour which went around the town near the port - which was nice, but I think your tour overall was much better. We did go to the St Nicholas Cathedral and it was awkward as there was a service going on in the crypt area but our guide took us down anyway. Prior to going down she said that due the service she wouldn't be able to talk - but then wound up talking the whole time. So we felt a bit awkward and like we were interrupting the service - but they didn't seem to mind much... I guess it is common

    We also explored the down a bit and did the ferris wheel they had that was fun

    Glad you enjoyed your meal at Manfredi's. It's funny that it was talked up so much beforehand but due to having such good Italian restaurants near where we live I usually don't get excited about Italian - but it was one of the best meals we've ever had in our lives - so, so good!

    Funny about Pete yelling about people taking pictures of food!

    Totally agree about hanging out in the lounge and just meeting new people each night! Though it was also fun to check in with people you did know to talk about their days, etc. - but definitely wasn't like there were a bunch of cliques or anything either
     
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  4. khertz

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    It was gorgeous! I wish we would have had more time to explore. Definitely the sleeper hit of this excursion, since I really was only interested in the caves when we booked it.

    I can imagine that would be very awkward!! You definitely want to be respectful in situations like that.

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed it considering we had been surrounded by amazing Italian food all week! But it was very good, and worth of the praise everyone was giving it all week. I'm a bit jealous of those that got to eat there more than once, but I'm just happy it worked out that we were able to eat there at all, and we ended up at our own table. I'm sure we would have been fine with strangers, but it was just so frustrating to know so many couples on the ship and not be able to eat with any of them!

    It's never a bad thing to get a good tease from Pete. :)

    We have done a couple of DIS events before, but traveling with DISers is a whole different ballgame, and so much more fun and less awkward than the events! We had a blast getting to know so many people, and feel we came away with a lot of new friends like we did on our ABD.
     
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    So true! Our circle of friends includes many people that we met through the DIS.
     
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  6. missangelalexis

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    Sounds like a great rest of your afternoon!

    I'm glad you enjoyed dinner, it all looks delicious!
     
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    Hopefully we will have many more DIS trips to come to make new friends in the future!

    It was definitely one of the better ports we visited as far as things to do close to the ship. The basilica was very cool, so I was glad at least that was open to be able to go inside and look around.

    It was the best meal we had on the ship! It was definitely worth the wait and the hassle it was to get to eat there.
     
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    Oh my, that bay/beach you visited looked gorgeous! I could have spent the entire day there, just staring at that blue water.

    The chicken parm you got with dinner....it just looked delicious. I shouldn't have looked at that photos while hungry!

    I love your husband's tolerance for gelato. :rotfl2: There's not many adults that can grab a quick scoop during the day and be like, "I could go for another" after dessert. :laughing: You guys are going on a Disney cruise soon, right? If so, I can't wait to see how much their soft serve ice cream machine gets used in your TR.
     
  9. skier_pete

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    Haha, one of the things I love about eating with DISers is that everyone is OK with taking pictures of food! I always feel weird with regular people doing this.

    That reminds me - we will have to warn DDs BFF coming on our next trip with us about the food photos. She is already going to think we are mighty weird.

    Oh - and your food DOES look good. I think this is the first meal you've shown that really made me wish I was there.
     
  10. khertz

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    It was so beautiful!! I just wish we would have had a little more time there to explore. We were practically running around trying to take it in! lol No time to shop either!!

    Oh my gosh, that chicken parm was hands down the best thing we ate on the cruise ship! It was so good and a huge portion.

    I am sure an embarrassing amount of soft serve will be consumed on our cruise. :sad2::rotfl2:

    It was really funny on the nights that we ate with other couples, everyone's camera would come out and there was no shame in taking pictures of EVERYONE'S food! :rotfl:

    Definitely prepare her! I remember our first time traveling with other people and I was like, "WAIT don't take a bite of your food yet till I get a picture!" :rotfl2: It can definitely be startling for people who don't know. Of course now a lot more people do that for Instagram and what not so she may not find it that weird!
     
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    Day 8: Thursday March 29th

    This morning, we were up at 7:30 am docked in a new country! Today we had a tiny break from the Italian coast as we stopped at the port of Šibenik, Croatia. As we learned later (because we had no idea), it’s pronounced like She-bah-neek. We were both really unsure of what to expect in this port since it was in a different country. I think for most people, this ended up being the sleeper hit of the whole cruise!

    After getting dressed, we had breakfast at the buffet, then met in the theater at 7:30 to get into a group for our excursion for the day to the city of Split to visit Diocletian’s Palace. While waiting in the theater for our bus number to be called, I got a little nervous by the video playing on the screen of information about the port. They were talking about food in Croatia and how they use LOTS of different animals for protein, including bear, so to be sure to ask what you were eating if you were unsure. I was glad I had packed some snacks for my purse that day! :rotfl:

    Once we had met our guide for the day (whose name I forgot to write down, oops), we got on the bus for our hour and 15 minute ride out to Historic Split. Along the way, DH and I had some buyer’s remorse when our guide pointed out a rock formation and said some scenes had been filmed there for the city of Meereen in Game of Thrones, and mentioned she guides tour around the cities of Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia to filming locations for the show! Neither of us knew that such tours even existed and were suddenly wishing we had looking into booking one of those on our own instead of a Viking excursion! But we got a bit lucky as this wasn’t the only Game of Thrones location our guide would point out to us during the day.


    After getting off the bus, our guide took us to one of the public restrooms and then over to the entrance of Diocletian’s Palace. This was another one of those things DH and I were a little confused by what we were getting. When I heard “palace” I was thinking we were touring a preserved palace that had maybe been redecorated to how it would have been at the time, similar to the plantation tours I love doing in Louisiana and Mississippi. But again, we were a bit mistaken.

    The Palace was built in the 4th century and was more like half palace, half military garrison/fortress. It was eventually abandoned, and in the 7th century, residents fled there to escape invaders and it has been inhabited by people who have made homes and set up businesses there ever since. So people actually still live inside the palace in apartments, and there are many restaurants and shops inside its walls. There are also many shops and restaurants on the outside perimeter along the water, which is where we started out our tour before heading inside.

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    Outside there is a small model of the palace to see where things would have been located in the time of Diocletian.

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    And there was one of the whole city of Split, where our guide pointed out different points of interest for us to check out after the guided part of the tour was over and we’d have our free time.

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    We headed inside of the palace walls, and the entire long entrance way was filled with lots of tables and kiosks of souvenirs, some handmade. But instead of heading down that way, we made a left and viewed a large painting of what the palace would have looked like when it was built.

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    She showed us the area that had been basically the place where people had thrown their trash down into the cellar of the palace when it was unoccupied, and had been filled to the ceiling. All of that had been cleared out, thankfully.


    We headed down into the cellar, where a majority of our tour took place, because it’s an exact copy of how the palace had looked back when it was built, so you could get an idea of the layout.

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    One of the things excavated was the remnants of this sphinx statue

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    A sarcophagus from the 4th century

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    Next, we went into the copy of what would have been the reception hall on the floor above. This just happened to be another Game of Thrones filming spot! It’s from a scene where they showed where Khaleesi was keeping her dragons.


    Next we made it to the Peristyle, which was at the time the main square. It gave access to the imperial apartments, the Cathedral of St. Dominus, and 3 temples. Two of the temples were destroyed, and the one that was left, which used to be the Temple of Jupiter, was made into a baptistery.

    Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go inside of the Cathedral because with Easter approaching there were many services taking place inside all day.

    As we walked into one of the vestibules, we came across a klapa group. A klapa group is a group of a capella singers who perform traditional Dalmatian singing, which originated in Dalmatia, Croatia.

    We stayed to hear them perform a song, and some people in the group even bought one of their CDs they were selling.


    We moved on to the next area of the palace, which at the time it was built would have been the grand dining room, then back through the main square to get to the baptistery.


    Inside the baptistery there is a large bronze statue of St. John the Baptist.


    The baptismal font had some beautiful artwork carved in it.

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    We made it to the opposite end of the palace from where we had entered, and that was the end of the guided part of the tour.

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    There is a huge statue of Gregory of Nin there, and similar to the statue of St. Peter at the Vatican, the tradition here is to rub his toe. It’s supposed to make a wish come true if you make one while rubbing the toe.


    Looking back at the “Golden Gate” where we had exited the palace.

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    And then we were on our own for the rest of the excursion!


    UP NEXT: Exploring Split
     
  12. rdkeim

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    Looks like a really interesting stop! For me it might have been fun not knowing exactly what it was all about ahead of time. Interested to hear what you did with the rest of your excursion time!
     
  13. amazingact21

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    Croatia is one of the top vacation spot during the summer for people here! I feel like every time I turn around someone's telling me they drove over there to visit the beaches and tour the Game of Thrones sets. :confused3
    Glad you got to see a couple filming locations, yourself. While you didn't get to go on that one tour, at least you got to see the place where that one scene was shot! :goodvibes
    Can't wait to hear more about your day in the country.
     
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    Sounds like an interesting tour and something different - which is always a plus on these types of trips!

    We just did the included tour that just went around Šibenik - but it turned out to be the best included tour we did (had a great guide) and then we just explored on our own and had a great time - such a charming city

    Fully agree it turned out to be the "sleeper hit" of the cruise!
     
  15. missangelalexis

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    Nice to stop in a country you probably normally wouldn't get to visit! The tour sounds interesting, and I am glad your guide was still able to point out some GoT stops!
     

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