Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The past day and a half have been one to remember. Our Busabout tour has been fantastic and seemed to be far more grown up than the Topdeck trip we did last year. That said, it was still and Australian booze-fest. Luckily for Pip and me there were a few Americans and the two of us from New Zealand to keep things a little bit mixed.

The bus trip to the Plitvice lakes was nice as we sped through lush Hungarian countryside. We stopped a couple of times along the way, once to a park where the communist statues has been shifted to from the city centre. We also visited the open air war museum just inside the Croatian boarder. One of my favorite things about these tours is that they give you a nice background on the places you are going, and Mel, our tour guide, had certainly done her homework when she explained the wars, Croatian history and gave us all a bit of context for the Plitvice lakes.

It was late evening when we arrived at our campsite, right on the edge of the national park. We had a BBQ dinner and chatted with the others, while most people had a few too many drinks. We had little cosy cabins which did the trick for the night.

The next morning was a beautiful, as we opened our front door to blue skies, Pip and I got quite excited as we'd been expecting a cloudy foggy day (cheers Google). But, we had a perfect day and we were taken into the parks before the crowds descended on it.

I can't really describe what it was like at the Plitvice lakes, it is a UNESCO protected world heritage site for good reason. The only way I can think of describing it would be to imagine the Disney movie 'Atlantis' or 'Avatar' (The same movie at Atlantis don't you think?). Apart from that description, I figure the photos we took will be the only thing which can give you an idea of the most beautiful place on earth that we've seen so far.

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