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    • Day13

      Tag 13. Slowenien

      September 22, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Die slowenische Grenze war dann heute um 14:00 Uhr erreicht.

      Vorher hatte ich noch eine sehr nette Begegnung beim Honigkauf am Straßenrand in Kroatien. Ein 22-jähriger aus Zagreb ist nach dem Gymnasium samt Freundin auf das Land gezogen und hat die Imkerei mit 42 Völkern vom Opa übernommen.
      Er selbst bezeichnete sich als "privilegiertes Stadtkind".
      Nebenbei schauen sie auf die Oma und alle sind happy.
      Es war ein sehr langes und interessantes Gespräch über Gott und die Welt mit ihm.

      Interessant wie sehr die Slowenen ihre Grenze abriegeln. Zaun mit Stachelband (s. Foto). Und das innerhalb der EU. Sieht irgendwie fremd aus. Personen-Kontrollen sind ebenfalls obligatorisch, inkl. Einscannen des Ausweises.
      Gut dass das nicht zwischen A und D so genau ist.

      Kurzzeitig hatte ich mal überlegt, eine schnellere Route, z.B. von Google Maps zu nehmen. Jetzt bin ich heilfroh, dass ich bei meiner Kurviger-App geblieben bin. Sie machte ihrem Namen wieder alle Ehre. ✌️🤪

      Und ich komme zeitlich genau hin. Morgen werde ich dann, wenn nichts Außergewöhnliches dazwischen kommt, am Nachmittag gegen 16:00 Uhr in Piding eintrudeln.

      Ach ja: ich bin im Sporthotel in Prebold. Mag morgen kein nachtfeuchtes Zelt einpacken müssen 😇
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      Traveler

      oh, der feine Herr mag nicht😉😁😁🤭🤭. Komm gut und heil heim, freu mich schon auf einen Kaffee...☕️🍰👋

      9/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Yeah Baby ✌️😋

      9/22/22Reply
       
    • Day7

      Slunj

      September 11, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Stopp in Slunj mit Besichtigung des Stadtteils Rastoke, das einen Vorgeschmack auf die Plitvicer Seen bietet. Das Wasser fließt über verschiedene Wasserfälle, durch Gumpen und Bäche, vorbei an alten Mühlen wie im Mittelalter.Read more

      Traveler

      Hammer! Und das Wetter ist doch auch mega 😍

      9/12/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja jetzt hat es nur noch nachts geregnet. 😉

      9/13/22Reply
       
    • Day36

      Fazana to Slunj

      July 31, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We have done 240km today and man did we know it. We’ve obviously got out of the routine of long journeys but the roads didn’t help either. The final road of the day was exhausting with changing surface conditions, blind corners and locals driving in the middle of the road. We both ache a fair amount and were glad to reach our Airbnb which is part of a fast food restaurant, goodbye diet!

      We’re both currently sat just outside, drinking beer, listening to bikes ride past (Christ knows where they’re going) and waiting for our burgers.

      Overall it’s been a good day. Some of the roads were epic with big sweeping bends, stunning views and a fair few other bikers. We were obviously in the right place! The D3 is definitely one to mention!

      For lunch we found ourselves in a vibrant local Croatian place surrounded by locals trying their best to make conversation with us. It was good fun!

      Burger demolished, it’s time to relax and get an early night

      HIGHLIGHTS - burger, D3, Croatian locals
      LOW LIGHTS - final road of the day, locals inability to stay on their side of the road
      ROADS - D3 from Soboli to Dedin
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    • Day37

      Rest day: Slunj

      August 1, 2022 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Day off the bikes today to explore Rastoke Slunj, a beautiful little village of waterfalls and wooden houses.

      We just spent the day meandering in the sunshine, drinking coffee over looking the waterfalls (at a restaurant that sold bear steaks 🐻) and swimming in the river of course! It was very hot and Chezs feet had started to hurt so it was hard going at times but we had a lovely day off the bikes together and slept well that night.

      The final place to explore was just along the river where you could swim and bask in the sun on the river bank. Beautiful!!

      HIGHLIGHTS - swimming in the river, meandering through the beautiful village
      LOW POINTS - the heat
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    • Day31

      Zagreb and Slunj

      October 14, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

      We have arrived at Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. As we approached, the city city was under a haze of smog. Our hotel is on the right but no where to park. MDW says do a lap round the block which I start doing and around the back of the hotel MDW spots the parking area. After pushing the intercom we are let in and park in our allocated spot. Checkin is easy and looks like we have chosen well, Best Western Astoria. Our room is great, even a kettle and fridge, but we need milk. The supermarket is down the road near the train station. We get to the train station and MDW says that looks like a train station to me, not a supermarket. I say Google says it is 10 meters away. I have a look at the street view and it showed the railway station building. The supermarket was underground. We find it, not really a supermarket but a corner store. We grab a few supplies including milk and wait in line to pay. The checkouts had long queues with some of the older Croatian women pushing in whilst we patiently waited our turn to be served. Our groceries paid for we walk back to the hotel, right past a corner store which would have had the supplies we needed. Kettle boiled, tea made, I pour the milk. It is in the usual green plastic bottle but it comes out a bit thick and blobs around the cup as it separates from the hot tea. I check the expiry and all is ok so I smell it. Pew, it was pungent. Must be off, then I see the label says “Kefir”. It’s a cultured milk drink. Can’t imagine it would be very nice. Off to the closer corner store where I get some miljeko (it’s obviously milk) and we are able to get our tea levels in balance again.
      Zagreb has an older centre not far from the hotel, lots of museums and a huge area of flower markets and fruit and vegetable markets. There were also regular markets but they were starting to close down when we came across them, MDW was disappointed. Also lots of outdoor cafe and restaurant seating. As we were walking away from the market area a lady asks if we want to buy some perfume, Chanel and some other famous brand. They were in sealed boxes, looked genuine, they were parfume, not Eau de Perfume. 700 kunas for two, about $145 Australian. MDW asks if she can have smell of them but “no no no no” so we walk away. This lady is very persistent and places the two boxes in MDWS arms. “How mush you pay” she asks. I say “we are not interested, try some one else” but she focuses on MDW who doesn’t know what to do. “How much you pay lady” as we have now walked 50 meters away from the original selling point. The price is now 200 kunas which is about $42. I tell her firmly to stop annoying us and suggest it is not genuine. The lady is starting to become aggressive but I drag MDW away who thinks it might have been the cheapest perfume she would ever buy. I suspect it wasn’t genuine or it was stolen or just full of water. Otherwise she would have let MDW have a sample. She made out she was going to open the box but I was worried once opened we had committed to buy. So No Sale!
      We sat down to have drink and there was only local beer available. I asked for the lightest ale that was cold and was told they know just the beer for me. Out comes a bottle of “America’s Pale Ale”. It was disgusting, so bad I couldn’t drink it all. The taste remained with me for hours. Later we found a promising restaurant which sold schnitzel. First we had drinks and watched some men clean up the market square with brooms that looked like witches brooms. They madly swept and stacked the tables which they must do with every market day.
      MDW’s schnitzel arrived just like the original schnitzels used to be before the crumbed Chechen breast became a schnitzel in Australia. This schnitzel was as thin as cardboard making it tender and delicious.
      After a lovely breakfast we packed the car and headed towards our accommodation near Plitvice Lakes. We soon came to the toll gates so I pulled up to the machine before the boom gate and press the button for my ticket. Nothing comes out. I press it again and again, still nothing. We now have a few cars with unhappy drivers honking their horns whilst I get out of the car looking for assistance. Eventually someone comes over and opens up a cabinet and presses some buttons on a keypad. A ticket comes out and we are on our way and now with some distance between us and the angry mob that were lined up behind us.
      On the way we drove through a town called Turanj, near Karlovac which had several houses that were coved in bullet holes. Apparently from the “homeland wars”. A reminder of the conflicts of the past, MDW said she hopes our hotel looks better.

      Our hotel is in a town called Slunj. Not sure how you pronounce it but the hotel is great, big room with fridge, great staff. Our room was fairly warm so when the air conditioning wasn’t working we followed the usual procedure of asking reception to change the settings for us. They tried but as they had switched over to winter mode only heating was available. The offered us a fan which made all the difference and helped dry a few clothes that MDW had hand washed. We drove the 3 km to a nearby supermarket for milk, bread, tomato, cheese and fruit. Google said there was congestion ahead and the 3km trip would take 15 minutes. Sure enough we came to a stand still, must be a lot of people going to the supermarket. We eventually get to the supermarket although the traffic congestion was still ahead of us when MDW told me when to turn which I did but somehow I managed to be driving against the traffic in the car park. I quickly exited and got back on the road and tried again. This time I ended up in a disabled parking spot, oh dear this is not good. Fortunately the car next to me was leaving so I backed out and took their spot. In the store was a bakers so we thought we would buy fresh bread. The customer ahead bought a loaf and asked for it to be sliced so the lady got a knife and hacked 3” thick slices for her. The customer was happy, must have a good thick slice toaster although toast does not seem to be on their menu. We just bought 1 loaf which when we sliced it was yellow inside. Still tasted like bread, just a bit yellow.
      For dinner we went to the hotel restaurant which was overflowing with guests. The hotel manager offered us a seat in the coffee shop which we happily accepted. We placed our orders but were told it would take a while as it was family day. Family day is when Plitvice Lakes reduces their entrance fee from 150 to 50 kunas. It attracts many thousands of Croatians, especially when the weather is nice. So many people went, the lakes became overcrowded and made the visit not worth while. (This is what the hotel manager told us). We asked if Monday would be a good day to visit, “yes” he said, “it’s full price”. Our traditional Croatian meat dinner arrived, MDW had pork and I had lamb. Both very nice but I feel there has been a lack of vegetables with our meals, potato, chips or rice the only accompaniment. MDW doesn’t miss broccoli.
      The hotel is so good and we are not sure how we will pull up after our visit the Plitvice Lakes tomorrow we book another night.

      Next morning we get up early hoping to miss the crowds and the afternoon rain that was forecast and get an early breakfast. Well the breakfast area was full but our table was reserved with our room number on it. We have a look at our options and MDW says you want vegetables, well here they are. Yes I could have had broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini for breakfast but I settle for toast and bacon whilst MDW had her staple of toast and honey. From the coffee machine I got a cappuccino but it tasted like hot chocolate. MDW said it tasted like coffee and chocolate combined. I drank it and had another go at the machine. What I had had was a cocoa drink, I pressed the wrong button. I need my eyes tested.
      With our backpack filled with water, coats and umbrellas we drove to Plitvice Lakes. Arriving about 9am we got a nearby car park, bought our tickets and got to the start of Route B. We were standing on the top with a view of the waterfalls and lakes. It was also a long way down which meant it was going to be a long way up. The path is good although at times narrow which makes passing people taking selfies difficult. I think MDW was tempted at times to shove some in the water. When we were doing our walk there were hundreds of tourists yet at its peak over 7000 a day so it was a quiet day. On busy days it would be just annoying and probably not worth the visit. Most of the visitors today were 60+, not many young people at all. By mid October it is usually cold and wet but we were doing the walk in summer clothing although everyone else appeared rugged up. Again the weather has been unseasonably warm and dry and kind to us. Have a look at images of Plitvice Lakes on the internet, they are better than what we took with the iPhone. Route B included an electric boat ride and a train journey before the final walk. I thought MDW was amazing with her little legs leaving me behind at times. It was about a 5km walk but a lot of downhill and uphill. Reaching the end was fulfilling, very pleased we came. The remainder of the day will be kicking back and relaxing.
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      Traveler

      Great travel notes. Looks and sounds like you're having a wonderful time.

      10/18/18Reply
      Traveler

      That schnitzel looks delicious 😋. So pleased that you hav3 a good hotel. Plitvice is beautiful but crowds are a spoiler

      10/19/18Reply
      Traveler

      Where's the greens?

      10/22/18Reply
      Traveler

      Great travel blog you guys. It sounds you like to saw some wonderful sights. Lord knows what I'd eat there, I'm a vegetarian! I can't wait to hear where you'll go for your next trip! :-)

      10/25/18Reply
       
    • Day9

      Plitvička jezera

      July 29, 2020 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Heute ist echt viel passiert. Um 5:45 Uhr klingelte der Wecker. Aufstehen, die Markise einfahren, Kaffee trinken, los gings.
      2,5 Stunden Fahrt zum Plitvicer Nationalpark und somit zu den Plitvička Jezera standen vor uns.
      Die Fahrt in den Nationalpark war einzigartig. Nichts vom Menschen berührt... Sehr geil. Videos von der Fahrt folgen.
      Am Parkplatz sind wir um 9:15 Uhr gestartet und nach ca. 15min Fußweg am Eingang der Plitvicer Seen angekommen Danach hörte das Staunen nicht mehr auf. Ein schöner Ort folgte dem anderen. Siehe Fotos (soviele können wir hier gar nicht hochladen).
      Die einzelnen Stationen konnten mit Fähren über den größten See Kozjak erreicht werden. Hier war leider keine Mundschutzpflicht, was wir aber für nötig befunden haben, weil soviel los war. Allgemein waren die Touristen im Park leider nicht sehr verantwortungsvoll in Bezug auf Corona unterwegs, sodass wir zwischendurch etwas genervt waren.

      Von ca. 9:15 bis ca 13 Uhr haben wir die eine Seite des Seegebiets erkundet. Nach der Mittagspause, die wir mit einem reichhaltigen Mahl aus Eis und Chips verbracht haben (Alle Snacks wurden schon vorher verkostet, leider falsch kalkuliert 🤷🏼‍♂️, egal hat auch so gereicht), konnte ich Patty nur zur zweiten Hälfte überreden (Das Eis war ausschlaggebend 😉). Aber sie hat es mir gedankt. Siehe Bilder!
      Um ca. 15 Uhr haben wir den Rückmarsch zum Parkplatz begonnen, den wir ca. 30min später erreichten. Da haben wir uns dann noch schnell zwei Burger mit Pommes reingehauen, danach sind wir fast ins Delirium gefallen.
      Fast 15 km lagen hinter uns!
      Zum Glück hat mich der Fiffler (Kumpel vom Fußball Bad Bodendorf) zu diesem Zeitpunkt angeschrieben und uns den Tipp gegeben ins nahe gelegene Örtchen Slunj zu fahren. Der Tip war Gold wert, wir hatten null Bock uns zu entscheiden. Wir waren einfach freck.🤪
      Kurzer Hand sind wir dahin gefahren und habe einen super Campingplatz fast für uns alleine.
      Die Stadt Slunj liegt an der Korana.
      Den Fluss nutzen wir nach 1, 5 km Fußweg (neee, wir sind ja noch nicht genug gelaufen) um uns ein kühles Bad nach diesem anstrengenden Tag zu gönnen.
      Hier in Slunj gibt es auch kein Corona, so wie uns der Besitzer des Campingplatz erzählte. In der Stadt ist man trotzdem auf den Tourismus vorbereitet und hat die Mundschutzpflicht zumindest in den Supermärkten eingeführt. Aber hier auf dem "Land" fühlt es sich so OK an. Im Gegensatz zum Nationalpark, hier sollte man an der ein oder anderen Stelle vielleicht darüber nachdenken.
      Jetzt gönnen wir uns kühle Blonde und Essen lecker Salat mit Hähnchenbrust/Valess Schnitzel (the same as yesterday) 😊
      Good Night!
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    • Day6

      Indianer in Kroatien

      September 22, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Dieses idyllische Dörfchen haben wir zufällig entdeckt und Wasserfälle wollten wir ja unbedingt sehen. So hielten wir hier, schnell ein Ticket gelöst, bevor wieder jemand was ans Fenster klebt. Schon erstaunlich wie tief sich der Fluss “Slunjcica“ in das Gestein gefressen hat, bis zu 40m. Die vielen Wasserfälle geben ein Zeugnis davon und waren einst auch der Grund für die Ansiedlung. Noch heute ist dort eine Show-Wassermühlen zu finden. Das gesamte Areal ist weiterhin Denkmalgeschützt. Die 30Kuna p.P. sind aber gut investiert, erst am Totempfahl wurde uns klar, dass hier der eine oder andere Winnetou Film abgedreht wurde. Yeah, auf jeden eine ruhige und schöne Örtlichkeit, bis zum Eintreffen eines Reisebuses mit vielen Asiaten. Schnell suchten wir Unterschlupf in einer Tropfsteinhöhle, als wir wieder oben waren, war die Meute wieder im Dorfkern ;)Read more

      Frank Schumann

      Das Dorf " Rastoke", naja, besser ein Ausschnitt ;-)

      12/29/17Reply
       

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