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Nov 1, 2019 - Smiljan & Plitvice Lakes

Lois writing now On Thursday October 31 our group shrank considerably, since the main Road Scholar program was over and the majority of the group was heading back home. Eight of us, plus our guide Juge, continued on with the extension of the trip, heading inland to the northeast. We have a small bus with 20 seats, so there is plenty of room. As usual, when we left the city of Split (second largest in the country after the capital Zagreb), the weather was fine for tee shirts and lightweight pants. The bus climbed inland, and crossed over the...

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May 17, 2019 - National Park - Waterfalls

Sunny. Setting off to Plitvice National Park. Drove down the Adriatic coast - sparkling blue seas, studded with rocky islands. It’s 2 1/2 hours to Venice across the Sea - now that’s tempting!!!!! Drove through villages and very obvious reminders of past Civil wars. One building riddled with bullets, and many little peasant homes, where the residents who were Serbs, had either fled, leaving their homes, or forcibly evicted when “dobbed in” by their neighbours during Civil Wars on the Balkan Peninsula- under Hapsburg rule, and during...

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70 Canals 2019

Oct 28, 2018 - Visit to a Croatian national park

We traveled from Zagreb to Opatija, but stopped on the way to visit Plitvice Lakes. This is a lovely national park filled with lakes and waterfalls, and we hiked for several hours making our way around both the lower and upper ones. It was a long day but a terrific one. It was fun to have a day outside, and we lucked out with the weather.

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2018 Adventures

May 28, 2018 - Waterfall extravaganza!

Before we headed over to Plitvice National Park, we stopped for breakfast at what it seemed was the only restaurant in this small mountain town. The lady at the rental made reservations for us so the outside table was ready when we got there even though we were the only ones there. There was only one small problem....ants! There was a plate of meats and cheese on the table that was covered in ants along with the table and some of the dishes. So us being too polite to complain, we moved to another table and ate our yogurt, fruit, and hard...

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May 3, 2018 - Heading to Plitvice Lakes via Trogir

Our drive took us along the coastline for some more spectacular scenery and then to the medieval town of Trogir which is on a tiny island. It only takes 15 minutes to walk around the island. We had a guided tour of the area and then onto a rest stop which looked over a gorge of the Krka National Park. As we climbed into the mountains the road took us through 5 more tunnels, one of which was 6 kms long.

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May 3, 2018 - Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today is all about exploring the lakes and the park on foot. Our accommodation is right on the edge of the park entrance so we set off with our guide to explore the lower lakes. There are 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded hills. The park is 300 square kilometres in size and you guessed it, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest of Croatia’s 8 National parks and had 20,000 visitors each day, last year, in the peak season. The water ranges in colours from blue to green to turquoise, depending on the quantity of minerals or...

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Sep 7, 2017 - A Day Withhout Gelato is Like a Rainy Day

Thundering during the night. Branko did tell us showers were predicted for today. Left in the rain for Groznjan, Croatia. Had to show our passports leaving Slovenia, the agent did look in the backseat. We then drove a few meters to the Croatia entrance; I don't know where we were between the booths...No Man's Land? Had to show our passports, the guy didn't even look in the car at us. Groznjan is located on a hilltop on the Istrian peninsula. The town is located in the heartland of truffles. There are truffle shops and galleries here. City...

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May 23, 2017 - Plitvice National Park

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Zadar - Plitvice National Park Breakfast this morning was very busy , so much so that we couldn't find a place to sit at first. Our breakfast cook, "waiter" and cleanup person was incredibly busy. People left after a while - maybe leaving early for a tour - and we had our breakfast in relative peace. At 9 am we were all ready with our luggage and walked to the mini bus outside the old city. This time our luggage is loaded in a covered cart behind the bus. Today our journey will take us to Plitvice Lakes National Park...

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May 18, 2017 - Plitvice Lakes

Thursday: Left Zagreb at 8.00am this morning for the 2 hour drive to Plitvice Lakes, a much anticipated highlight of the trip. This UNESCO World Natural Heritage site consists of 16 terraced lakes that flow into one another with spectacular waterfalls and countless cascades. Paths and footbridges wind around the lakes and through the surrounding forests and on the major lake we took a small boat from one end to the other, about 20 minutes. The scenery is absolutely stunning with the sound of rushing and tumbling water everywhere. Due to the...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Plitvice Lakes National Park

Following our memorable ascent from the Soca Valley over the Julian Alps we descended to arrive in Croatia. It is a country slightly smaller than West Virginia. Geographically, it contains three regions: the plains, the mountain belt, and the coast. While we visited all of them, I will only write about our venture to the mountains to see Plitvice Lakes National Park. In a later blog, these two intrepid travelers will recount their adventures in Split and Dubrovnik. Let’s create the setting. You already know how large Croatia is—it’s really...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Croatia ... Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes National Park, founded in 1949, is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is situated in the mountainous Karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site with a protected area of over 295 sq km. Within the boundaries of this heavily forested national park, 16 crystalline lakes fall into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades. The mineral-rich waters...

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Sep 20, 2016 - Plitvice Lakes

Tuesday morning, we woke up early and grabbed some pastries from Bobis before heading to the bus stop for our tour to Plitvice Lakes. It’s a long drive – 3 to 4 hours – so we had to start early. Our tour guide was Mario and our driver was Tiho. We absolutely loved them – our favorite guides of the week. During the long drive, Mario kept us entertained by teaching us about Croatian history and culture and a few words in Croatian (though he wouldn’t teach us any bad words!). Right away, we passed by the fortress of Klis, which is where Mereen...

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