and Croatian 9/13/2007-10/7/2007
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Drove inland to Plitviche Jezera and the Plitviche National Park today. A combination of modern tragedy and ancient
natural beauty. We travelled off the
normal freeway through small towns and country side. Evidence of the “Homland”
was with the Serbs was visiable in every town and
many small farm houses along the way.
Bullet riddles stucco building, abandon houses and fallowed fields. The guide book warns visitors not to walk in
the unplowed fields due to land mine danger.
abandoned cemetery on the way to Plitviche
in the park in the late afternoon. And checked in to the Bellview
Hotel. Just the views from the hotel
excited us for the next days exploration of the park. When the war broke out in 1991 the Serbs
though this national park. The first
fatality of the war was a park ranger.
The Serbs destroyed and or occupied all of the buildings in the park,
but fortunately lest the natural wonders alone.
Mo on the
maze of trails through the park
9/28/2007: Plitviche, Croatia:
The park is 19.5 hectares and with in this area there are 16 lakes and dozens
of cascading waterfalls. Since most of
the inland water in Croatia runs underground it has the tendency to pick
up minerals and deposit them in wonderful sculpted formations. In this case they have formed travertine
pools and waterfalls that flow from one lake to the next. The effect is terraced lakes with crystal
clear water flowing over the edge of each pool like overfilled bath tubs. The vegetation around the ponds is lush and
green and the lakes are full of healthy fat trout (no fishing allowed).
take the tour bus we hiked from the hotel up through the park on wooden
pathways to the highest lake and then followed trails through the woods back
down to the lowest lake. It was truly a
magical trip and worth the visit and the effort. We finished by hopping a boat across the
lowest lake back to the park entrance and a short walk from the hotel.
waterfall pictures, but just can do them justice
fungus in the woods
Left Plitvicha for the coast. Again travelled through
towns still healing from the war. Bullet ridden stucco walls and abandoned
fields and homes were the hallmark of interior Croatia. Still very beautiful
country. As we crested the top
of the final pass before descending to the lime stone coast of the Adriatic we came upon a small roadside memorial. In the states we are used to seeing roadside crosses
marking the site of some unfortunate accident, but this was more formal and
clearly there to honor those lost in battle.
striking thing about the memorial was that six of the eight young men on the
memorial headstone died the same day, August 4th, 1995. Their photos were imbedded in the granite
headstone and looked like they could have placed there September 28th,
Memorial headstone above Adriatic Coast.
the coast of Croatia
at Korlobag and then headed south to Starigrad-Paklenica. Got some great lodging at a small family owned
motel called the Rajna. Had a fantastic fish dinner served up by the
receptionist/cook/waitress and owner of the lodging. Would recommend this place
to anyone who is looking for a non-touristy, laid back, inexpensive lodge with
a great cook.
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