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Republika Hrvatska!

4 June 2008

After Slovenija, we reached Croatia.  If there is an ideal summer destination for Europeans, it should be in Croatia. Many of my students have told me that they go here on vacation because the Adriatic Sea is some of the clearest waters around. It was these students who suggested I visit certain destinations throughout Croatia as they were certain we would love it. I think they were right.

We first entered Croatia it was nearing night so we stopped into a small town outside of the capital of Zagreb. Karlovac didn’t have a whole lot going on, but it was quaint and had an excellent seafood place where mom and I could try some Croatian wine and Kayla could throw food out the window to the ducks below.

The next day we continued our journey through Hrvatska (Croatia) to Plitvice Lakes National Park “renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight,” so says Wkikikiki. And, it is true- see?!? Have you ever seen such blue water?

Croatia borders Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and just 15 years ago Plitvice was the sight of Serbian takeover during Croatia’s fight for independence. Instead of the natural beauty, this national park was over taken with army barracks and was ridden with land mines. But, it has since been revamped, cleared of any hazardous remnants of the war, and is back to it’s natural beauty.

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You could spend days walking around this park as it has 16 large lakes and waterfalls around every corner. We decided to take an alternative route climbing some janky stairs to go through a bear cave.

After walking around for a couple of hours, we were ready to get on to our final destination, sooooo we packed up in our škoda and headed south…

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