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Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 17th 2013

Apparently I didn't have enough of nature being out in Plitvice for two days - today I went to Maksimir Park, a large park in the east end of the city. I brought a sandwich and had a picnic while reading my book. No, it wasn't the beauty standards of the past few days, but it was nice and quiet. Finally, somewhere without a heap of tourists! I continued venturing around the park - I decided to go check out the zoo, it was only like... $4? haha. It was a decent enough zoo... the cages were relatively well maintained (minus one or two), and they're in the process of rebuilding and creating new enclosures, so that's always good to see. And because it's late here and I don't feel like stringing these into paragraphs (oh, ... read more
Reading in the park
Look at the happy bear
He is so 110% done with life

Short entry today ladies and gents! Spent the day enjoying the park again. Since I had done most of the trails yesterday, today I went down to the ferry and took that around the lakes. So beautiful. The park was crowded again, sigh, but I did find one spot that was relatively calm. Even had a few birds join me - it was lovely to hear them sing as I wrote in my journal for a bit. I actually got quite cold after awhile haha. It's warm today, but sitting in the shade by the water... there is a strong enough breeze. Brrrr. I had to move in search of somewhere else to sit that was in the sunlight. Speaking of sun, I have the best tan going on right now... but only on my arms? ... read more

I really should just post photos from today - they say more than anything I could type. (Internet connection is woefully bad here... so... photos might wait until tomorrow. I'll be back in Zagreb at night, so I'll have proper wifi.) Plitvice is stunningly beautiful - one of the nicest places I’ve ever been, and that is saying something. Again, I fear the photos don’t do it justice... even if they are lovely. The colour of the water, the waterfalls, the trees, the waterfalls, the electric blue dragonflies... did I mention the waterfalls? I don’t think there’s a spot in the park where you can’t hear a waterfall, and very few places where you don’t see them. They are everywhere - big, small, solo, in a cluster... just all sorts. Truth be told I much preferred ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Pula July 15th 2013

Istria Peninsula 14 July 2013 As the Istria Peninsula is very busy and quite small, we travelled its boundary in 1 day. We arrived at Lovran (Camping Medveja) on the afternoon of 13 July, which was about 8 kms south of Opatija on the eastern coast of the peninsula. The camp was on the beach which was lovely. It was a big affair, with supermarket, restaurant and all the other services expected. The beach was really busy – as expected at this time of the year. In the morning Tom & I both went for a swim. It was lovely although there were some very, very cold patches of water. It was refreshing. Before dinner we went for a walk up the coast and down the coast. Again, it was beautiful. The next morning, after a ... read more
Amphitheatre at Pula on southern tip of Istria Peninsula Croatia 14 July 2013 (8)
Amphitheatre at Pula on southern tip of Istria Peninsula Croatia 14 July 2013 (6)
Amphitheatre at Pula on southern tip of Istria Peninsula Croatia 14 July 2013 (9)

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Vela Luka July 14th 2013

Day 56 – Vela Luka I got to pull the main sail up today. It was pretty funny though because as soon as we got it up the wind completely died and we were going nowhere, haha. It became a practice drill and we took it down again. We have a race later in the week so we need to be confident getting everything up and down ourselves as the skipper is not supposed to help. I had a swim off the boat in what felt like the middle of the Mediterranean. The water is so calm and clear. I tried to stand up on a paddle board while being towed but only manage to fall off and take Monica with me. I might just stick to swimming from now on. We had a ... read more


Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 14th 2013

Croatia is a cool place. Lazy morning getting my things in order - needed to do laundry (ugh the worst pack of backpacking, let me tell you), buy bus tickets to Plitvice and train tickets to Budapest. So lazy, but productive. The walk to the bus station was beautiful in it's own way. There was no one out - Sunday seems to be very dead here in Zagreb. Ghost town-esque. Stores are mostly closed and even a lot of restaurants are closed too. Odd. Anyway, the road to the station has a long wall with graffiti all over, so I was quite content snapping away my photos. After that I pretty much spent my day wandering towards the Upper and Lower Towns. Very very quiet... again, must be because it's Sunday. (Hoping it's a little livelier ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb July 14th 2013

Zagreb capital of Croatia 11 and 12 July 2013 Feeling elated after our wonderful walk along the Plitvicka Lakes and after a lovely shower (even though it is a little cooler up in the mountains (28 degrees), it was still hot walking and climbing), we did the leisurely drive to Zagreb. Even though the E71 was a second level road, it was an excellent road. We drove through Karlovac which had an Old Town. After that, we joined the A2 motorway. The toll was 33 kuna ($6 AUD). We set our GPS to the only camp site near Zagreb, first by its coordinates. It took us to a site which was an empty paddock, and later we found it was about 500m from the camp. We then reset it to the name of the camp site. ... read more
Pams new found friend in Zagreb
Zagreb Cathederal Croatia (2)
Check out this roof of the Church in Zagreb Croatia (1)

Zadar and Plitvicka National Park 10 to 11 July 2013 The road from Sibenik to Zadar along the central coast of Croatia was again, magnificent. I will let the pictures tell the story. The coast from Split to Zadar is 149 kms. The coastal road from Sibenik to Zadar is 74 kms. These roads are slow travel because of the windiness, the number of villages and the number of cars on the road. We didn’t mind because that gave us more time to look at the scenery. We stopped as much as we could but we wanted to get to Plitvicka National Park in good time because this was going to be yet another highlight of Croatia. When we arrived at Zadar we parked and walked around the town. As usual, there are glassy café-bars sprinkled ... read more
Plitvicka National Park (35)
Road from Zadar to Carana Plitvice Lakes Croatia (4)
Dolines - caves - at Plitvicka National Park (1)

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik July 9th 2013

Dubrovnik Croatia 5 to 8 July 2013 We drove up from Kotor and passed through the border of Coatia with no problems – although it took ½ hr to be ‘checked-out’ of Montenegro. The police on the Croatia side hardly looked at our passports, and of course, no stamping of passports was done. We later learned that 4 days before we crossed the border, Montenegro had officially entered the EU so the Montenegro customs/police officials were not sure of the new rules, hence the hold up of getting out of the country. We arrived in Dubrovnik at about 4.30pm and found Camping Solitudo which was 10 minutes from Old Town called Grand. It was a big park with beautiful facilities. Once settled in we caught a bus into Grand to soak up the atmosphere. And wow, ... read more
Lopud Island (9)
Old Town Dubrovnik Croatia (5)
Old Town Dubrovnik Croatia (9)

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split July 9th 2013

Split Croatia 9 July 2013 It’s day 58 of our 6 months – I can’t believe we have been away for 2 months already. It has been such a wonderful experience. After leaving Omis we headed up the coastal road to Split. This was another stunning drive. The ocean is so blue, the rugged whitish rocky mountain range and orange roofed, light-coloured houses packed into coves and up the hillside. Many of these coves have fine gravelly beaches. It is a really busy time of the year so plenty of traffic and plenty of European holiday-makers. We were really enjoying the drive along the coast of Croatia. There is no wondering why people from all over Europe come to this area for their summer holidays. It is beautiful and the temperature is definitely beach weather. The ... read more
Tom at Old Town at Split Croatia
Emporor Diocletian and his guards at Split Croatia (7)
Basement of Diocletian's Palace Split Croatia (9)

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