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Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia

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I’d seen pictures of it.  I’d seen it featured on travel specials.

 

I knew I wanted to go there.

 

Finally today, we got out to Plitvice Lakes National Park.  It was about a 2 hour drive from Miloš’ home town of Crikvenica.  We were joined by his mom for a nice half-day trip on this lovely sunny warm day.

Since it’s still the off-season, only the Lower Lakes section of the park was open.  (But an added bonus was that there was a reduced rate to get into the park – half price – 55 kuna.)

Here’s a map and link for the park, if you want to get some more info:

Plitvice Official Website

(The map covers the entire region, just to put things into perspective.  You can see our driving route highlighted in blue.  Italy is on the left, across the Adriatic Sea.  In the middle of the photo is the Istrian Peninsula, which is part of Croatia.  Slovenia is to the north.  And to the right of Croatia, past Plitvice, is Bosnia.)

Northern Adriatic Region

Northern Adriatic Region

We started out on our journey around 11:40am.  We had two big mountains to cross – twisty roads up and then twisty roads down.  We drove through some small towns and lots of countrysides.  When we got farther into the inland part of Croatia, you could see skeletons of old country houses that were still sitting damaged from the war in the early 1990s.

 

Even though the day was so warm, you could see snow up on one of the distant mountains.

 

Here are some pics from our drive…

 

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Here’s a map of the actual park itself…

Plitvice Park Map

Plitvice Park Map

We arrived at the park around 1:45pm and set out on the trail.  Upon arriving from Entrance Number 1 (top of the park map), you are presented with the view of the Great Falls and the crystal clear waters below – particularly one of the most famous views featured in many travel photos.

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View from the top

 

Taking the trail down the hillside gives you breathtaking sights of not only the falls, but also the various sections of the first of the lower lakes.  Then at the bottom are all these super cool wooden walkways over and along the water.

And throughout it all – are lots and lots of waterfalls.  There are so many fabulous views.  All I could think of over and over was just how awesome it was.  AWESOME!  And all those waterfalls every where just give you this amazing hit of energy.  Water rushing everywhere.  We hiked along the trail for awhile, then got on the boat that took us down the lake a little further.  From there, you can catch another boat that takes you to the opposite shore for more exploration.  From that point, you can access the upper lakes.  However, we couldn’t access that part of the park this time of year, nor did we have time, as the last boat to the other side was at 4:30pm.

I’ve heard that the summer season is super busy – lots of crowds.  But even today being mid-March, there were a decent amount of people there.

But here, let me stop talking and just show you.  We took over 440 photos, so it was hard to decide on the best ones, but here are some of the highlights:

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Miloš at Plitvice

Miloš at Plitvice

 

Jen and Miloš posing in front of the Great Falls

Jen and Miloš posing in front of the Great Falls

 

View from the trail descending the hillside

View from the trail descending the hillside

 

 

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When we came around the corner to this spot, it truly looked like a fairy land!

 

 

Posing in the mist of the falls.

Posing in the mist of the falls.

Pathway over the falls...

Pathway over the falls…

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Look at the brilliant color of the water!

Look at the brilliant color of the water!

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Miloš and his mom walking up the trail

Miloš and his mom walking up the trail

 

 

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One more pic before heading out of the park

One more pic before heading out of the park

 

Our plan is to get back to Plitvice to see the rest of the lakes and falls.  And quite honestly, we both said we could spend days there just wandering around and exploring.  (There are a number of hotels near the park for those wanting to stay overnight.)  I would encourage anyone traveling in this part of the world to get yourselves to Plitvice and see this amazing place with your own eyes, as photos just don’t do it justice!

 

 

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And this year, I've started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm engaged to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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