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  • Day4

    Biking the villages around Plitviče

    June 25, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    We set off from Korana village on hybrid mountain bikes to cycle rolling backroads through small farms and villages. At one point we were around 6 miles from Bosnia-Herzegovina. After about 10 miles we stopped to tour one of the approximately 10,000 caves in Croatia. Our young, but obviously knowledgeable and very enthusiastic guide told us the cave is 60-65 million years old and that there is evidence of use during the Ottoman Empire, and remains of a prehistoric bear and other animal bones have been found, as well as a 3,000-year old bronze bracelet. It takes 100 years to grow a centimeter of stalagtite.

    We carried on with our 20+ mile ride, occasionally seeing bombed out homes, but mostly fairly newly-built alpine-style homes--many for rent because it is so near the park. Micha, our REI guide, told us the homes not reconstructed were because the owners don't have paperwork to show ownership and so they were not able to get government aid.

    Again, many home cooked meals, including Trahana a Bosnian soup.
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  • Day3

    Plitviče Lakes National Park

    June 24, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    Today we left Zagreb and drove 3 hours to Croatia's oldest and most popular park. It is a chain of 16 terraced lakes, connected by waterfalls, surrounded by forest. We walked among the turquoise lakes on wooden boardwalks, which allowed us to get very close. We took an 8-mile mike, most of the time accompanied by a portion of the 1 million visitors the park gets each year--think some of Yosemite's popular trails.

    From there we went to stay overnight at Korana Village, population 15. The entire village, which is in the boundaries of the national park, was destroyed in the war, but is now rebuilt. Our group is staying in two cabins on the banks of a clear, cool river--perfect for cooling off after another 95 degree day. We have our own cook who has prepared fantastic regional cuisine for our meals, which we eat on a covered porch next to her herb garden. The evening found us sitting creekside sampling the local beer, wine and their equivalent of grappa.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Korana, Selo Korana

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