Sunday, July 01, 2012

Croatian Vacation - Plitvice lakes

On Tuesday, after dropping Bec off (sniff, sniff) in Zagreb, we went to the airport to pick up Sina (who flew in from Finland) and travelled down to a place near Plitvice Lakes. We arrived around 4pm, and so after a little rest decided to go exploring a set of caves in the near vicinity - called "Barac's caves":
It took about 40 minutes to get around and as we were quite late, we were the only people on the tour with our guide, so it was a really good experience: No flash photography, so this is what most of my pics look like: But you get the idea:
 Here is our attempt to get a pic of the three of us with no flash - no easy task:
Here we had more success, but this is in front of a huge pile of "guano" from the bats!  
 A better pic outside the cave on the way out: We had to wear the helmets for protection:
The next morning we got up and headed for the Plitvica lakes: Ljilja and I had been before with Dragana, but this was Sina's first time. Last time we were kind of rushed for time, so it was nice to take it a bit slower and enjoy all the sights (and there are LOTS of lovely things to see...)
We were also lucky that we managed to avoid the crowds somehow, so we could get lots of lovely photos:
 Although we did have to queue up at this spot: love this photo:
And luckily it wasn't that hot and the track we took it was mostly through the forest, so it was a pleasant day:
The 16 lakes interlink with cascades and waterfalls and it truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth:
 There is no way to get all of the beauty into pictures:
 The colour of the water is just amazing:
 And it changes as the water gets deeper:
 With cascades everywhere:
 And waterfalls around every corner...
I am so glad that we started off our Croatian Vacation in such a lovely spot, as it truly puts you in a "holiday mood"... we then drove on down to Split and took the ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, to spend time with our friend Natalija... more photos of beautiful places to come!!

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