“East” Europe 2014 – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are approximately 16 lakes that can be seen from the surface, and numerous more underground (which we obviously couldn’t see). The lakes are famous for the distinct color of its waters, which range from grey to bright azure to green.

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The path that we took was a three-hour long trek, with a short ferry ride in the middle to get us from Shore A to Shore B. There were a lot of ups and downs in the terrain, which made for an interesting walk, seeing as I wasn’t wearing hiking shoes and was wearing jeans. Not optimal hiking attire.

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Our walk started us off in full view of the Large Waterfall. You can already see just how green the water looks! We were thinking about going down the bridge…

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…but then we saw just how crowded it was, and said NOPE to that.

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It’s not as if we missed out on much by not going straight to the foot of the waterfall. In fact, the nature was much better enjoyed without having hundreds of other tourists milling and pushing around us. The trek had these tiny little wooden bridges that we had to cross, and the water was so clear that we could see all the little fishies swimming around just underneath the surface.

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Fishies!

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Apparently the weather was in our favor today; our tour guide said that this was the bluest she’s seen the water ever, thanks to the crystal clear sky.

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There were forests of reeds on either sides of the little wooden bridges. All was quiet except for the rustling of the foliage and the occasional tourist.

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If you’re ever in this area of Europe, I strongly suggest you take a day to visit the wonders of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Signing off,
Marie

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