write about Croatia. We went to Zagreb and got the laptop fixed. We went to Plitvice Lakes National Park and were awed.
We went to Split and took in the Palace and took a few downtime days. We went to the island of Korcula and lastly we
went to Dubrovnik.
Plitvice Lakes was really great. It was beautiful and really great to see after all the “cities” we have been to. We arrived
during a light snow and had to walk a half mile to our apartment. That is longer than you think when you aren’t quite
sure if you are heading the right way while it is getting dark, getting colder and snowing. We headed down into the
park on the first day and jumped on a boat. It was a cold ride across the lake and back. It was snowing and really
beautiful and cold. The sun was out the following day and it was “warmer”. We were still bundled up but the
walking/hiking help keep us warm in the morning. Once the late morning hit we could sit in the sun and it was great.
The jackets came off while we hiked and then went on during breaks. Warm is a relative term. The lower lakes that
include the largest waterfall in Croatia were open. The upper lakes were “not”. We were able to walk a mile or so up
towards the Tram stop 3 and find a trail out to the top of the lower lakes falls. Some of the trails were flooded and
some you could pass. The tram was not running so we had a long walk back, but it was good to see that area. We will
return this summer for several days to get the entire park.
Split was fun too, but it was a larger city. We stayed just outside of the old town part near the port. It was a good place
in a quiet neighborhood except for those peacocks. They were fun to watch and you could hear them at all hours, but
they were not bothersome. The Palace was a fun place to visit. It was very touristy, but there were still some old walls
and alleys that were good to roam through. The food here was good, but on the expensive side. We finally found a
“Mexican” place on the last two days that was inexpensive and fairly good. It was really good considering where we
are, but not totally authentic. We did a day trip to Brac island to the “Best Beach in Croatia”. We won’t be going back
this summer. Croatia has rocky beaches. I am used to sandy beaches so this was unexpected. They are made up of
small to medium size rocks or pebbles. There was no sand. I know they have beaches with sand, but not many. We
are going to try Albania this summer, but their bus system is random. It just drops you off in the right city, but at no
particular location. This sounds fun! We shall see how that goes this summer.
The day we left for Korcula it was raining. That was the day we forgot the umbrellas as we closed the locked door - shit.
I wrote about the perfect, albeit wet, schedule we had that day. It was amazing that we made it. Four connections all
perfectly timed and we caught each one.
Korcula was a small town. We enjoyed the two day walking around. Okay that was a bit of an exaggeration. We walked
for a couple hours and cover the entire old town. We did find a couple good restaurants, but much of the town was
closed. It is the off season and not many tourists to be had. The apartment we were staying in would be perfect in the
summer. As it was still a bit cold, it was cold. At one point my feet hurt from the cold floors. You could sit in bed and be
warm, but that was not working for me. We could not really do much here. We wanted to rent a scooter and there was
not one shop open. This would be a great summer stop, but as it was We left a day early and headed to Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik - King’s Landing was great. Stairs is the first word that comes to mind, lots of stairs. The main streets are at
sea level. Two sets of the walls are at 300 feet. It was not 100 steps, but it was 75 steps to get to the edge of the walled
city. And the steps in a few places were steep. There is no “regulation” step here. Some are 6 inches and some are 18
inches. None are regulation in height or length - WATCH YOUR STEP! A couple 25 step areas were a workout. It is the
European workout formula as the steps are everywhere.
Of course our place was at the top right next to the wall. I really enjoyed walking around and seeing the town and
walking the wall. He view out to sea, the bay and over the roof top of the city were great. There were several churches
and dome that really made for great viewing. There was an island off shore (Lokrum) that made for a good background.
There was a cruise ship that was in many of the shots too. The wall walk was a highlight. I took so many picture (of the
same thing) over and over. I had to delete many. Unlike Rhodes you could walk around the entire wall. It was 2
Kilometers. The towers were accessible and the views into and out of the city were fantastic. There were views of the
harbor, the boats, a bay, and down the coast line. The views down the streets from the wall and at street level were cool.
There were virtually no car inside the walls. There were some but only down at the main street. They would not fit on
the side street or make it far up the steps.
There were so many restaurants. We found a few with reasonable prices. We had four things to choose from: The castle
wall walk, Game of Thrones tour, cable car up the mountain and Lokrum Island. We chose the castle wall and the island.
We went out the the island the next day and that was fun. You are walking alone most of the time. They was a
Monastery, a fort, an old “hospital” and a dead sea. It is not “THE” dead sea, but is a dead sea.
The Monastery was cool and did not appear to be in use. The fort was another hike up to the top peak on the island.
It had good views back to the “mainland”. The dead sea was the highlight. It was a pond just off the coastline. It was
very clear and peaceful. The rocky coast was phenomenal. A cave here and there, great rock formations and the salt
water tide pools were all great. We headed back to the ferry with about 1 minute to spare.
We did laundry the next day a got to the bus 15 minutes early. It arrived in 5 minutes and left. DON’T BE LATE for
your bus. Arrived early and did not wait. Croatian time is different.
We made it to the airport in plenty of time and flew out to Athens.
I think a summer time visit would be better appreciated on the islands.
P.S. So my big plug for Zagreb was we got the laptop fixed. Did you catch that? It was unfair. Zagreb had some
outstanding building and architecture. This goes back to my cynical nature. We were in Vienna. Follow that up
Zagreb! You just can’t - No one can. Paris, London anywhere would be unable to follow up the ring road in Vienna.
Zagreb did have cool buildings and some sites to see. We did walk around the parks and the old town. I loved the
graffiti and many of the buildings. I am sorry I left you off the list. Maybe I should make a list of cities and the order
you should visit them to be continually awed. I won’t go back to Zagreb, but I won’t go back to Vienna either. There is
too much left to see in this amazing world.