Croatia ~ Trogir and Plitvice Lakes National Park ~ both UNESCO sites

Tuesday May 6th ~ Croatia

Green fields and snow capped mountains along our drive

Green fields and snow-capped mountains along our drive

Trogir

Our morning walking tour through Trogir would have been enhanced by having a local guide.  We had a little over an hour to explore on our own.  I felt that we missed out on some of the history and sites at this UNESCO city center.  I hope that Gate 1 will consider providing a local guide here in the future.

Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia

Contrast of light and dark

Contrast of light and dark

Palm with castle in background

Palm tree with flowers and top of Kamerlengo castle in background

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface.  These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine.” ~ Wikipedia

This was the one place I was most excited to see on this portion of our trip.  I was thrilled to see the sunshine after several days of rainy skies earlier in the week.  We had high expectations that the waterfalls would be filled and we would have prime viewing circumstances.  Well we were only partly right…

The water falls were in fact brimming.  That was the good news.  Along with all that water was a flooding situation which meant that we would not be allowed to venture down the pathways to the bottom to walk along the boardwalk.  I was disappointed as I have dreamed of taking this walk for years.

I quickly eventually stopped moping, and made the most of the situation.  It was still a thrilling stroll along the upper pathway.  We also enjoyed our boat ride on the lake.  Here are some of the photos we took along the walk:

Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park, the large waterfall

Walkway far below with a few people that ignored the closed signs

Walkway far below with a few people who ignored the closed signs

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This was what I had waited so long to see

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Another walkway. I REALLY wanted to be down there!

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But I had to settle for being up here.

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The view was still pretty amazing

Along the pathway

Along the pathway

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As you can see, I am still smiling.

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This was the boat we took across the lake

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More waterfalls along the banks of the lake

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Even the boat docking area was enhanced by the lush greenery along the shoreline

I guess we will just have to come back to walk this again some day

I guess we will just have to come back to walk this again some day

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have crossed one more thing off of my list, (but only with a pencil) as I really hope to return someday to actually get down on those amazing lower walkways.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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7 Responses to Croatia ~ Trogir and Plitvice Lakes National Park ~ both UNESCO sites

  1. Maha says:

    Outrageously beautiful — lol — you can bet I would have been one of the “trespassers” on the lower walkways!

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  2. andthreetogo says:

    It can be such a bummer when a travel plan end up not meeting your expectations. Sounds like you got over it quickly though, which is perfect! Great pictures, yet again! I am always impressed with the shots that you get!

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  3. Lise Brown says:

    Such BEAUTIFUL pictures! What a great idea –the photo of you both standing with your backs to the camera– love it. And some sun at last–YAY. We are enjoying some sun in Siena, Italy as it makes it way down into the narrow alleys, oops, streets here in the old city. Safe and happy travels!

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    • Thank you Lise for the compliment on our pictures. I saw a similar shot of three young girls on a long, narrow boat pier with their backs to the camera and loved the shot. I have been trying to replicate it ever since. We are not too far away from you. We arrived in Venice and just got checked into our hotel on Lido Island. Here for the next three nights only, but will love seeing the highlights! Enjoy your time in Siena!

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  4. Maha says:

    The Lido — swoon.

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