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Plitvice Lakes National Park and Trogir

From the mountains to the sea

02 October 2015

We had heard so much about the Plitvice Lakes National Park and since we decided, due to time constraints, to skip Lake Bled. we made it happen. It was a quick one night stay, which we don't really like to do but here, it worked.

Taking off early from Rovinj (actually setting the alarm clock) and getting on the road by 0800 got us into the park right around noon. Breakfast was sparse, so it was lunch at the cafeteria. The food really wasn't too bad but we've had such good food recently that it was just "ok".

Shortly after we left Rovinj, we hit rain which made us second guess our plan. But, there was no turning back now. What's a little rain???

Still a slight drizzle and the fact that we had all our bags in the car and we made our way to our one night guesthouse - Pansion House Prijeboj . Pansion House Prijeboj

Pansion House Prijeboj

As we were checking in, the young lady at the desk, asked us if we were going to have dinner there that night. Hmmm - we didn't know that it was an option. She assured us that the food was good...especially the fish!! 15 euro person...works for us - three fish dinners at 730pm. We'll be there.

By the time we got back to the park, it was still a little grey but the rain had stopped and off we went exploring. Plitvice is known for it's waterfalls and there were plenty to view. I think that the rain actually enhanced our views.

Not to easy to get lost!!

Not to easy to get lost!!

Falls

Falls

....and more falls!!

....and more falls!!


One trail lead to a boat which lead to another boat which lead to a trail that ran along the lake which lead to waterfall after waterfall. It really was lovely. I"ll let the pictures do the talking. (Note: we had thought about two days at the park but really one was just enough. If the weather was better I'm sure there would be alot more to do but one worked for us..)

Dinner that night was a great surprise!! We went to dining room (in the lower level) at 730 and no one was around and the lights were off. Whoa...what's going on. We looked around...no one. I walked out to a small cabin behind the lodge and the owner answered. His English was better than my Croatian but only by a few words. Fish?? Yes!! and with a head nod I knew we'd be having dinner soon. We followed the owner back in to the house and he headed out the back door. Where is he going?? but we followed. The fish was on the grill but he also wanted to show us where they came from. He had his own fish pond in the back and had caught the fish just before cooking them. The dinner came with a whole fish (each), potatoes, grilled vegetables, a fresh salad and bread. We were asked when we made the reservation if we wanted wine or beer but we had a bottle and they gladly let us drink it with dinner. It was incredible!!! Being this late in the season, there were only five other people staying that night but we were the only ones having dinner - their loss!!

Yummy Fish Dinner

Yummy Fish Dinner

03 and 04 October 2015

And again...we're off!! This time for two instead of just one night. We head south and west towards the coast, in hopes of some sun and warmer weather - we're heading to Trogir.

The ride was uneventful up until we got into Trogir. There really wasn't an "event". It was just that it was Saturday. Being an an old seaside town it had really narrow and VERY tight winding streets. I guess "challenging" would be a good word - but we made it with the vehicles paint job in tact.

We were greeted by our hostess Katarina and her Mom - both lovely ladies. The apartment - was nice with really awesome views over looking the Adriatic. The only slight problem was that to go into town or down to the harbor and then back to the apartment there was a hill, a really steep hill, but I guess we have to work off all this great food somehow.

The view from our apartment - Trogir

The view from our apartment - Trogir

Down the hill to lunch along the small harbor (vs the large harbor) and stopped at a water side restaurant - Mediterranean . It was just opening for the afternoon (at 1pm ???) and they were out of a number of things since they would be closing on Sunday for the season. after lunch and little grocery shopping,we headed up over the BIG hill to the Old Town. It had been threatening rain all day and started sprinkling as we were coming down the hill and the skies opened up as we got over the bridge. We made our way out of the passing downpour and continued to wander after it stopped.

Two tourists posing for a photo

Two tourists posing for a photo

Lunch and Dinner

Lunch and Dinner

The calm after the storm

The calm after the storm

Old Town coming over the hill

Old Town coming over the hill


Sunday, we woke to bright sunshine and a glorious day. It was back over the the hill for lunch and to see the areas of town we missed in the rain. But before heading over the bridge to the Old Town we walked along the waterfront admiring the multitude of sail boats. Trogir's port is home to a number of sailing companies. We haven't sailed since we left San Diego and walking here really made me want to just jump on one of these boats and sail away. One can dream !! But maybe, one can do more than dream. We talked with the owner of one the companies about sailing out of Trogir's harbor next fall. Jim has told me since I hit the BIG 60 next year, I can pick my trip - hmmmmm ... Croatian Coast for a week or two???. It is a definite possibility!!!

Sunday morning sunshine

Sunday morning sunshine


Maybe next years vacation :-)

Maybe next years vacation :-)

Well..back to earth and off for lunch and a stroll. Being another really old town (established in the 3rd century), it's been pillaged and plundered but the old Kamerlengo Castle (or parts of it) still stand. Views from the Tower were wonderful!!

Fort Kamerlengo

Fort Kamerlengo

Off again tomorrow and heading back inland for a side trip to Mostar, Bosnia. We've heard that it's a very interesting spot. We'll keep you posted!!

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Posted by pjburke 06:00 Archived in Croatia

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Patty, your description of each place takes me back to when we were together having a WONDERFUL time! Thanks for taking the time to add to your blog. B

by Brenda

Beautiful pictures. I want to go there!!

by Violet Laidman

Love Croatia and those waterfalls are beyond description. Great pics.

by Barbara smith

Beautiful pictures! Enjoying them.

by Cherrill Kallio

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