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Ličko-Senjska Županija

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  • Day153

    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    November 26, 2016 in Croatia

    Plitvice Lakes had been recommended to us by several people. It is the largest National Park in Croatia and follows the course of a river valley over numerous waterfalls.

    The day was blanketed in a very thick fog, so some views weren't quite as spectacular as they may otherwise have been and others were non existent. Autumn entry prices were cheaper than summer but we were given no information about the land train and ferries that transported visitors within the park and we assumed that like so many things, they had stopped for winter.

    From the entrance high up on the valley side, we could hear the roar of water. As we decended the zig zag track, a view of a waterfall feeding into a small, clear green lake emerged. We were able to cross over the lake and waterfalls using a boardwalk that ran close to the water surface. Once we were within the valley, the fog gave the place a mystical atmosphere. The route taken by the downriver boardwalk was incredible. It led us along the side of a vertical cliff face and over the head of a high waterfall. We could almost reach out and touch the water as it bubbled and splashed up, before dropping tens of meters into the plunge pool created by it and several other waterfalls. Around the corner we found ourselves at the foot of three long thin falls, the white water the same colour as the fog obscuring the clifftop over which it spilled.

    Turning upstream we crossed a wide section of river, past a shallow cave and up steep stone steps cut into the rock. To our right we found the entrance to a far deeper cave. Luckily Will had a torch because otherwise it would have been pitch black. Inside, a narrow track led around large stalactites and stalagmites to a depth of about 25m. Shining the torch around, the surroundings seemed really quite alien, with the deposits left behind from water flowing down the walls, forming bulbous projections from every side, above and below.

    Back in the open air, we climbed up the cliff track and along the top of the valley which was covered in beautiful Beech forest. Either side of the path was thick with rich brown leaves and dead wood that supported small bracket fungi of a similar hue.
    Dropping down ready to return along a riverside track, we found our way barred without any explanation. There was no other direct route back so we retraced our steps, only to be overtaken by a shuttle bus. We caught up with it where it had stopped but there was no room and the driver was shut in a separate cab so it was difficult to ask when the next one would be along. As Will's plantar fasciitis was beginning to hurt his feet, we just walked back to the van instead of seeing any more.

    On reflection we were a little disappointed by the lack of information and closed path had restricted what we saw, but we certainly weren't disappointed with what we did see. The park is unique and magical; we'd definitely recommend a visit!

    As we left we kept our fingers crossed that tonight's stopover would be open and have the water we needed. Camp Korana was at the end of a 1km gravel track down the side of a valley. Our hopes rose as we saw there was a car with its lights on outside the log cabin. Our arrival was greeted by 5 cats who leaped from the cabin's 1st floor windows and trotted up to the van mewing. The owner said the stopover was closed but that we could stay for free and take the drinking water we needed from his log cabin. As Will was filling our water bag from the tap in his bathroom, he offered us schnapps so we joined him in his living room and were introduced to the 5 cats!

    When he left for the night, his cats came over to the van. They were very friendly and Vicky fussed 3 outside while a fourth sneekily evaded Poppy's detection on the van step. When Poppy went out later, the same cat snuck in and stealthily explored her bed! When they were shut out, one cat took up residence on the bonnet, staring in at us through the windscreen and another climbed on the roof, giving Vicky a real start when it mewed at her through the fly screen of the open roof vent in the toilet!

    Apart from the feline antics, our last night in Croatia was very quiet and still. The loudest sound was that of the river and its small waterfall a little way upstream. The sky was clear and the stars bright - lovely!
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  • Day127

    Velebit National Park fly camp

    October 31, 2016 in Croatia

    We were astounding by the beauty of the Croatian coastline as we drove along it. The road ran in and out, following the cove pitted cliffsides, the hills ahead in shadow as the sun shone and sparkled on the sea, spreading out to the rocky grey islands. The water below us was intense blue and we could see whitecaps and squalls swirling on the surface - not a day for sailing!

    Seeing a sign for a dog beach, we pulled up, walked past some bee hives and took the stone steps under an arched tunnel to a small stony cove. Unfortunately Poppy had to stay in the van as she is too old to make it that far now. Vicky was quite happy to soak in the sunshine out of the wind but Will couldn't resist a swim. He didn't stay in for long but enjoyed the time he was in once he got over the initial shock of cold! On shore we picked some wild sage and bay leaves to flavour the evening's gravy before continuing on our journey.

    Turning off the coast road we climbed the hillside making our way towards Zavizan peak in Velebit National Park, from where there was supposed to be brilliant views of the Kvarner Gulf coastline. The sights as we climbed were pretty amazing and the hillside itself was covered in full blown autumnal trees whose growth had been stunted by wild winds and lack of nutrition on the steep rocky slopes. The ground between the trees was filled with grey green sage. Upon reaching the lee side of the hill, the tree cover phased into taller firs, then swathes of leafless beeches as we rose over 1000m.

    The road was challenging and when the sat nav tried to direct us down a single track road that hardly looked wide enough for a car never mind a 3.5 tonne 7 meter van we decided against it. We followed directions for an alternative road and the road got narrower and narrower until it reached the point where two cars couldn't pass, never mind the van and a car. The bank fell away steeply from the road and we lost count of the number of hair pin bends. Despite the difficulty with driving, the route was magical, like something out of a fairytale. Sunlight filtered through trees, reflected off limestone rocks and lit up a carpet of fallen leaves.

    Reaching the alternative turning to the peak we found it had a gate over it, but we weren't too disappointed because the drive to that point had been so incredible. We found a place to park and stayed up in the woods at 1185m above sea level. The temperature had sunk to 5°C so we wrapped up warm for a walk in the woods where the only sounds we heard were bird calls and the beating of ravens' wings as they flew overhead.
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  • Day148

    The journey back up North

    November 21, 2016 in Croatia

    We'd come as far south as we could and it was time to travel back up north to more Christmassy climes.

    As so many sites were closed, we retraced our steps trying to stay at the ones we'd found on the way down. After a night among the olive trees at the closed Brijesta site we drove along the Pelješac Peninsula, dropping in at a small wine tasting bar where we tried a local Plavac Mali made by the woman standing there pouring it. It was very dry so Will loved it. We bought a litre from the large metal keg and a pre bottled middle range red along with some homemade olive oil. After we'd paid, the woman (who had also made the oil) insisted we shouldn't use it for cooking as it was too tasty! This didn't come across as a sales technique but as someone who cared about and was proud of what they made; with good reason too!

    We took the ferry back over from Trpanj to Ploče (it was warm enough to sit outside this time) and again stayed with Robert at the Dalmajica resort. Instead of using the facilities in the large toilet block, he gave us a key to one of the wooden chalets whose facilities were a lot nicer!

    Moving on, we reached Camp Kalebić, from where we'd canoed around the islands. Unfortunately it was dark and the gates locked. We spent the night on the dead end road outside where we weren't disturbed. Bright and early the next morning we drove to Sibenik where Vicky had previously spotted some waterproof sheet material at the market. We now needed it to make suitable beds for Poppy to help us deal with her incontinence. Vicky was enjoying trying to communicate a little more in Croatian. She was pleased when she managed to ask for 1.5 meters of the desired material and very relieved when we actually got 1.5 meters! It was morning, so the food market was open and we made the most of it, stocking up on clemantines, cheese, figs, dried camomile flowers and a fresh that Will filleted and marinaded in garlic, oregano and olive oil for tea - yum! The market had a real vibe about it, it was purposeful instead of gimmicky or touristy and the sellers called out as you passed.

    Camp Jaz near Starigrad was our next stop and we were relieved to be able to park up in our favourite spot looking out over the bay. When we went to pay, the owner said no payment was necessary! Unfortunately the water was also turned off, so although we managed to empty the toilet, our water tank was in need of a top up!

    Travelling on, we left the coast behind. The land became more fertile and more trees deciduous, making it seem as if Autumn had bounded on quickly. Shepherds, many of them women in traditional Croatian headscarves, hearded flocks of between a dozen and 30 sheep along scrubby fields that had no fence separating them from the road. We passed a tractor with a pig in a crate and a cow being led by a rope.

    Hopes that our next planned stopover would have water were dashed when we translated the 'closed' sign on the door. The 'Marina' restaurant had been taken over by a Chinese restaurant and although it still advertised a free stopover in the car park if you ate with them, it looked as if they had gone for their own holidays! In an effort to conserve water (at least that was a good excuse) we went to a local bar for a beer but the air was so thick with smoke that Vicky couldn't get out soon enough!
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  • Day5

    Plitvička jezera

    August 22 in Croatia

    Nach ca. 4 Stunden erreichen wir den Plitvicka Nationalpark. Bei der Durchfahrt fühlen wir uns wie in der Schweiz - Kühe, Heuballen und grüne Wiesen. 🐮 Wir suchen uns den Borja Camping aus, der ca. 15km von den berühmten Plitvicer Seen entfernt ist.🏞️ Die Nacht war kühl und wir konnten das erste Mal mit geschlossenen Türen schlafen. 🚐
    Am nächsten Morgen starten wir bereits um 7 Uhr, damit wir den Touristenmassen an den Plitvicer Seen enkommen. Doch leider waren wir nicht die einzigen mit dieser Idee... Wir stehen ca. 30 Minuten an, bis wir endlich die Tickets kaufen und den Rundgang geniessen können. Es war überwältigend diese türkisfarbenen Seen und die riesigen Wasserfälle zu sehen! Das Wasser war so klar, das Luki am liebsten von Hand die Fische gefangen hätte 🐟🎣

    PS: Die Bilder die ihr seht, sind alle unbearbeitet📱📷
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  • Day33

    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    July 9, 2017 in Croatia

    ....and more! What can I say - I got excited and took a LOT of photos 😊

  • Day14

    Plitvice lakes National Park

    September 26 in Croatia

    So left Split at 7:30 and had a very scenic drive in an awesome coach to the park. Spent 3 hours walking the park and then a meal at a local restaurant. Fantastic wrathet, great group and fun guides. Back in Split at 8pm and I found my way back to my room. It is a room and bath in a 3 story building and I only have 3 steps to get to my room. Croatia seems to like hundreds of steps and my knees are very grateful for this break. Plus nice large soft bed and Ac. Extremely quiet and about a 10 min walk to old town and harbor.
    Another awesome day.
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  • Day32

    Bear refuge

    October 12 in Croatia

    Nous sommes allé visiter le refuge pour les ours malade ou orphelins de la Croatie.
    En Croatie il est répertorié environ 1 000 ours. Au refuge il y avait 4 petits et 5 adultes.
    Ce refuge existe grâce aux volontaires qui y viennent travaillés et aux dons.
    Nous avons finalement donné une après midi de notre temps à les aider pour la construction du refuge.Une belle expérience.Read more

  • Day29

    Lacs de plitvice

    October 9 in Croatia

    3 jours de parenthèses dans un free camp à côté des lacs de Plitvice en compagnie de
    Fleurine et Jordan - Guillaume, Lucile, Luna et Gabi - Matthew et Anne-Sophie - Brian et Laura - Rebecca et Julien - Renaud et Laurie

    Bref de très belles rencontres.

    Nous sommes avec certains allé visiter les lacs. Magnifique!!!
    et après c’était l'heure de la pétanque de l'apéro et du feu de camp!!!
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  • Day17

    Dalmatinische Küste

    October 1 in Croatia

    Heute gings weiter auf der Autobahn nach Westen, ich war mir nicht sicher ob ich es bis an sie Adria schaffe, also früh starten und Autobahn heizen.
    Eigentlich ist das ja sooo langweilig, wenn da nicht die Tankstopps währen. Tank auf Reserve, Navi sagt, Tankstelle in 8, 9 und 35km, ok denke ich, ich nehme die nächste. nachdem ich auf die Autobahn auffahre verschwinden die in 8 und 9km, also bleibt die in 35km, die Reichweitenanzeige steht auf 31km, sch...., Spritspahren ist angesagt, mit 70km/h fahre ich die 35km ab, Als ich das Schild 1000m Ausfahrt Tankstelle passiere beginnt meine Kleine zu stottern, im Schritttempo rollen wir dann gran noch so vor die Säule.
    Wieder auf dere Bahn überholt uns der Kroatische Präsi (oder sonst ein hohes Tier), ein Konvoi, 1 1/2 Spuren breit, mit fetter Limusine und 5 Begleitfahrzeugen mit Blaulicht in annähernd Mach 1.
    Gegen 18h sehe ich Meer und kurz darauf beginnt es leicht zu Regnen. Heut Nacht ist Bora angesagt, Zellt ist also voll verspannt.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ličko-Senjska Županija, Licko-Senjska Zupanija, Lika e Segna, 리카센 주, Lika-Senj

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