Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Stop at the National Park was the last part of the trip but the longest. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to get there from Zagreb but the drive is beautiful once you get past the area of the war museum.  The  Plitvice Lakes National Park is made up of the upper and lower regions.  The upper part is composed of a large lake whose water flows into a drop making the first waterfall in a series of 5 to 7 lakes and waterfalls.  The lower part has only 4 waterfalls but only one is as impressive as the  upper ones but the water in the lower lakes tend to be blue or green.

Map of the National Park
Each  waterfall in the whole system has decomposed plant matter that have created natural porous barriers that allow water to flow through and over into falling water.  The water in the lakes is so clear you can see everything in the water.

Most of the path we followed during the hike was actually a boardwalk made out of imperfect boards so the boards did not always meet. The gaps allowed visitors to see the flowing water below their feet.

Another cool feature was all the plant life both in and out of the water.  Everywhere you looked, plants, plants, and more plants.  I took so many pictures, my battery got extremely low.

Our tour guide said we chose a good time to visit. If we waited till July or August, the number of visitors is so high that the paths are filled with continuous lines of people and it takes forever to complete the walk.  At this time, they often change the way they do things so people do not see as much as I got to see.
Water and plants are everywhere,

Crystal clear waters hide nothing. 

I hope you enjoyed all the photos. Let me  know what you think, I would love to hear. Have a great evening.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rastoke, Croatia

On the day I went by the war museum, I was on a trip to Rastoke and the Plitvice Lakes. I will cover the lakes tomorrow.

Above is a map of Rastoke, an area where two rivers converge in a small hamlet filled with limited rentals. The area is absolutely breathtaking with all its falls and running water.

At one point, this hamlet was owned by a feudal lord.  In general people only pass through. If they stay in the area, they will rent a room in another part of the region because they are interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, etc.

The water there is clear and clean.  The village has a population of about 100 people.  This is a quick stop on the way to other tourist places in the area.

This village used to house 22 mills but now its down to 2 mills that have recently been renovated, 

The city has a tourist bureau designed to bring in more tourism.  Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear.  Have a great day.

Monday, June 17, 2019

What is The War Museum?

This past Saturday, I took an all day tour to Rastok and Plitvice National Park.  On the way there we passed through an area that had been devastated by war back in the 1990’s.

From the late 1920’s Croatia was a part of Czechoslovakia, a country made up of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.  When Czechoslovakia split apart in the early 1990’s, war broke out between Croatia and Serbia.  We went through the area where many battles between the two countries occurred.

This lead to the population dropping significantly.  The population in some areas has returned to what it was before and some have never returned to prewar levels.  As a way of remembering, the government established a War Museum.  Many houses in the area still have bullet holes in them from these battles.

The museum was built next to one of the bombed out buildings.

These tanks are made of converted tractors. The museum has several parked next to each other. 

This is one of the planes used in the war

This is the museum building with the displays and information connected to the war. This was done to remember it so it will not happen again. We did not stop but our guide told us all bout it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s pictures. Tomorrow, i’ll Be sharing photos of Rastoke,a beautiful little hamlet with so many waterfalls you are amazed. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear.  Have a great day.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gin joints and The Maltese Falcon

Saw this GIn Joint on way out of town on a tour and thought of that famous scene between Rick and Ilsa.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Finally arrived

 I spent 8 hours in the plane as it flew over the poles from Fairbanks to Frankfort. We did not. Have to leave the building so I spent about 4 hours in the waiting room till I caught the next flight

This is my first view of Croatia from the airport as I walked from the plane to customs 

This is my studio apartment. It is extremely small but quite nice.  I am going on a sightseeing trip tomorrow.
 I will have more pictures on Monday. Let me know what you think.

Off on another trip.

I sit here, by gate 6 in the Fairbanks International airport awaiting my flight for Frankfort.  I have a four hour layover before I catch my connecting flight to Zagreb, Croatia.  I have never been there and decided to check it out.

Although I checked in about 2.5 hours prior to the departure time, there are few people in the area. I can see some of you shaking your head upon seeing the 2.5 hour time but the airline does not open their counter until 3 hours prior to departure.

The airport only has 6 gates total.  2 are used by Alaska air, one by BP to take workers to Prudhoe Bay and the other 4 are Used by Delta and the other airlines.

I saw this beautiful piece of artwork hanging on the wall that I had to share. It looks like a picture of some textured clouds.  I will share more next week.  Saturday I am going on a tour of a national park.  Let me know what you thin, I would love to hear.