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  • Day41

    Day 41 - Beach Resort to Ski Resort

    September 13 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Woke up this morning to Sergei holding video conference calls on the balcony having obviously recovered from the night before.

    We packed up our stuff, loaded up the car, said our goodbyes to Ivo & Sergei then headed west on the 118 through Korcula island. Around midday, we arrived at Vela Luka & the port for our 1.45pm ferry to Split (again). We parked our car in the lanes & was informed that the ticket office wouldn’t be open until 1pm.

    Instead of getting a drink next to ferry office, we walked about 400 metres around the harbour & found a bar frequented by locals. We bought our 2 cheapest beers of the entire trip, then set about booking some accommodation at our next destination. We bagged an absolute bargain, a triple room down from £135 to £54 for 2 nights. Less that £25 a night when we get our 10% discount.To celebrate we had another beer & treated ourselves to a meat pie from the bakers next door.

    Shortly after 1pm, we purchased our ferry ticket & boarded the ferry for our 3 & a half hour crossing to Split. It was absolutely baking hot in the sun & everyone was seeking a shady spot. The beer probably helped, but Jackie managed to get to sleep on a bench with a unique method of keeping cool. The breeze billowed her short skirt up like a balloon, thus airing her nether region. I’m not sure what the other passengers thought. Or me taking a photo of her!

    The ferry cruised past the islands of Hvar & Brac & arrived in Split just after 5pm. It was a much more orderly disembarkation from the ferry this time & we were soon on the open road heading north. We followed the toll-free Highway 1 for over 140 miles passing through Sinj, Hrvace, Vrlika, Kijevo, Biskupija, Knin, Gracac & Udbina, before eventually turning off & driving a few more miles to Plitvicka Jezera. Our route had taken us past Perucko Jezero (a large lake) & up into the Croatian Mountains. It was a tough drive as we were continually driving into the dying sun.

    Around 8.30pm & in the dark, we arrived at Guest House Slavica, which is probably our poshest room of the trip so far and the cheapest. We dumped our bags & walked 2 minutes up the road to the local pizzeria, called Bistro Vucnica, which is actually in a ski lift station. This was our first actual proof that we were now in a ski resort.

    We shared a very nice fancy chilli pizza & a beer. It was again posh and again cheap! We’ll be back.

    The night was complete watching the last couple of overs of another remarkable win for England with a white wine nightcap.

    Song of the Day : Movin’ On Up by Primal Scream.
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  • Day42

    Day 42 - Most Beautiful Place on Earth?

    September 14 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We woke up in the skiing village of Jereza after a really decent night’s sleep. We went down at 9.00am for our pre-arranged €7 breakfast. The owner brought out fresh coffee, then he cooked a ham & cheese omelette for us. We also had cereal, a plate of ham, cheese & salami, bread & jams, yoghurt, a banana each & jug of orange juice. We ate as much as we could & took the yoghurt & banana with us. It was well worth it, but we couldn’t do it justice.

    Before 10am, we arrived at the car park for Entrance 2 of Plitvice Lakes National Park. It didn’t get off to an auspicious start, when we paid our 200 kuna (£25) each & received just our tickets only. I enquired about a map or leaflet & were told we could purchase one from the souvenir shop. A sign read “Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints and Use Nothing but Time!” Well it certainly wouldn’t be any helpful literature.

    We entered the park both chuntering to each other that for the price it was outrageous, not like the US National Parks. Inside the park, I found an information desk & asked again for a map & the lady told me to take a photo of the map on a sign. Not quite the same! She did, however, advise to us take the H Route, a 4-6 hour trek of 9km. We then caught the electric bus to the start several miles away.

    We & about 40 others disembarked the bus & followed the elevated path. Within minutes we were walking alone & marvelling at the magnificence of the park. The lakes were absolutely crystal clear & a myriad of colours from deep blue, turquoise through to bright green. All around us were waterfalls & babbling brooks making their way downwards through lush vegetation. It was spellbindingly beautiful.

    Plitvice Lakes is described in official literature as ‘the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast.

    With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The process of tufa formation, which results in the building of the tufa, or travertine, barriers and resulted in the creation of the lakes, is the outstanding universal value, for which the Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognised on 26 October 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1997, the boundaries of the national park were expanded, and today it covers an area just under 300 km2’.

    We followed the path taking hundreds of photos, 293 photos actually. As always I’m not sure I did it justice. After about 5km of trail winding around & over the lakes, we arrived at they boat station. We caught the free boat across a large vivid turquoise lake to the other end to continue our Route H.

    Before continuing, we took the opportunity for some refreshment. We had an ice cream & ate the juicy pears we had bought with us. The second leg of our journey only got even better, which I didn’t believe was possible.

    Our route took us through a gorge with dramatic waterfalls & caves & more turquoise water. Eventually the path took us up to the top of the gorge, which gave us fantastic views looking down below. We completed our 9 km Route H at Entrance 1, where we should have got an electric bus back to Entrance 2, but I wasn’t finished. Instead, I convinced Jackie that we still needed to walk the extra 4km around the lake. It was such a pleasant walk that she didn’t mind despite lugging a rucksack with 2 litres of water & various other things around.

    Around 4pm we completed our trail. We both agreed that the park had been the most beautiful place that we had ever been to or seen and it’s not like we haven’t seen a few around the world.

    In addition the park was pristine. Throughout the whole day we only saw one plastic bottle, one discarded cigarette butt & just a couple of coins thrown into the water. It was worth every single penny. I don’t know enough superlatives to describe it further so I won’t attempt it.

    After returning to the car, we had a cruise around the skiing resort, which is quite hard to visualise in the summer. Back at our accommodation, we trawled through our photos & picked out a selection for the blog.

    That evening we returned to Bistro Vucnica for a cheeseburger to share & an extra portion of French fries. Apparently Jackie couldn’t eat a whole one so nor could I!

    Song of the Day : You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
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  • Day91

    Plitvicer Lakes

    April 22, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Time for a hike!
    I was soo ready to have a good hike again after all this city air. We drove to the national park Plitvicer Lakes, which is definitely a must see in Croatia. You could chose from different hiking paths and we chose the longest. It was really beautiful and the park offered an amazing view deep in the nature. Unfortunately there were some tracks where the hiking paths crossed and on these crossing there were too many annoying people taking pictures with their iPads and ruining the harmony of nature. After walking for a while we had a chilled lunch on top of the mountains with the perfect view. All in all, a great day!Read more

  • Day27

    Plitvicer Seen Nationalpark

    July 24 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Na wo liegt er bloß dieser Schatz im Silbersee? Dass hier einer verborgen sein muss, scheint ob der landschaftlichen Szenerie außer Frage. Wie wandern auf den Spuren Winnetous durch das UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Plitvicer Seen in Kroatien. Unter anderem hier wurde damals Winnetou gedreht 😜👍

    Über mehrere Trassen führt das Wasser in teils kleineren, teils größerem Kaskaden auf die jeweils nächsten Seenebenen. Der Wanderweg ist nett über Holzplanken in die Natur eingelassen und wie bei allen anderen Stops unserer Reise können wir uns gut vorstellen, welche Touristenmassen wir „dank“ Corona hier vermeiden.

    Am meisten beeindruckt das strahlend türkis-blaue Wasser, durch das man in seiner Klarheit viele Fische oder hochauflösend den Ufergrund beobachten kann. Nach kurzer Wanderung ereilt uns ein Unwetter mit starkem Regen und Gewitter. Wir können uns glücklicherweise mit anderen Besuchern unterstellen, entscheiden uns daraufhin allerdings für den mittellangen Rundweg und schenken uns den ganz langen Weg durch Bären-Revier. Heut mal nicht ans Limit und lieber in unser nächstes Hotel nahe Zadar.

    Wir kommen in einer mittelalterlichen, ehemaligen muslimischen Festung unter und schlafen in den umgebauten Stallungen 😅 alles ziemlich abgelegen hier aber schon einmalig. Der Liebling & Objekt fachmännischer Ingenieurs-Re-Construction-Untersuchungen ist natürlich das Tribok-Modell. Zum Abschied Jonathan‘s an seinem heutigen letzten Abend im Urlaub dann die orientalische Maskovica Han Platte für Zwei! Lecker! ☺️✌️
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  • Day11

    Die kroatischen Plitvicer Seen - UNESCO

    June 6, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Wir besuchen den wunderschönen Nationalpark Plitvicer Seen. Den Status als UNESCO Welterbe hat sich der Park mehr als verdient. Allerdings hat sich die Schönheit des Parks herumgesprochen, sodass wir hier keineswegs alleine sind 😩

    Abends waren wir in einem Restaurant nur 700m von dem Naturschutzgebiet entfernt. Das Essen war so mega lecker, und das Personal so zuvorkommend und freundlich! Zum Schluss hat uns der Chef noch im eigenen Auto die 1,5km zum Apartment gefahren, damit wir nicht an der Hauptstraße langlaufen mussten. Ich war so angetan, dass ich eine Tripadvisor Bewertung hinterlassen habe, fette 5 Sterne, die 2. geschriebene Bewertung in meinem Leben. (Die erste wurde leider gelöscht - ich hatte eine übelst positive Bewertung auf Yelp zu meinem Lieblingsschneider in Bonn geschrieben - wegen Verdacht auf Betrug, war zu positiv. 🤷‍♀️ Mal hoffen, dass diese hier bleibt 😄)
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