Croatia, Seaside and Sunshine
September 16 to 23, 2015
I don't blame them in the slightest; in Croatia you can find the cheapness of Eastern Europe with the beauty of a Mediterranean country and the comfort of either a vagabond's hostel or a luxurious resort depending on your preference.
I named this leg of our trip as Seaside and Sunshine because that's what we got along the coast of Croatia and the big draw for tourists in the area. It was actually described by an Eastern European traveller to us as the Italy of the Balkans for its vacationing qualities. Not to mention that many restaurants and stores are also either Italian themed or carry Italian goods… not all authentic of course.
September 16 to 18, 2015
Zagreb has a fairly large city centre and very well built up. There are a lot of major buildings, monuments, and parks to see and the city was planned to house green space and public space in each block almost of the centre. Half of the city centre is known as Gornji Grad (the medieval Upper Town) and the other half, the Lower Town is the more modern part of the city. There is definitely a lot more character in the oldest part and that is where we did our free walking tour to learn more about the history of Croatia. The Lower city though has Zagreb's main square, Ban Jelačić, shops, museums and parks.
The city has a lot of Austro-Hungarian architecture and a rich history; little did we know that the modern men's tie comes from there.
Korenica / Plitvice Lakes National Park
September 19, 2015
To visit this park we chose to stay in Korenica and arrange transportation from the hostel there to the park, this proved a much cheaper option even with the cost of bus fair to Korenica and accommodation in the small town. There are a lot of places that offer a trip here from Zagreb, but most of the those are a rip off and you will end up spending half of your day travelling rather than enjoying the park.
September 20 to 21, 2015
One of the neatest things there was the sea organ which is a large organ built into the pier that produces music from the waves and tide of the sea. The mechanisms were hid under the pier so you could walk right over it and sit on the steps leading into the water. The sound was haunting in a way with rather mystical and deep chords selected to be played and which seemed to fill the air around you as you sat and admired the sunsetting in the distance.
September 22 to 23, 2015
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