Day 174: Croatia, getting better!

View from the bus: A Croatian village along the Adriatic coast

The sun is turning gold as it dips toward the horizon. We are headed to Bosnia, bussing along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. I remember this coastline. Croatia may feel a little different from the last time, but the shimmering blue Adriatic remains the same.

Plitvice National Park: turquoise waters cascading from lake to lake

Since Rovinj, we’ve made a stopover at Plitvice Lakes National Park, a natural heritage of turquoise lakes cascading into one another. It was a little disappointing for us, mainly due to the mobs of tourists (at certain points it felt like queuing up for rides at Disneyland). The €15 entrance fee didn’t feel justified when compared side by side with Canada’s Rocky Mountains (US$9.80) or Argentina’s Iguazu Falls (US$20), both of which offer serious jaw dropping scenery.

School of fish chillin’ in the clear Plitvice Lakes

The Lakes area isn’t backpacker friendly and without your own wheels it’s not worth staying overnight. We did, and had to walk 1.5km to the only eatery nearby, with cars whizzing by dangerously close (not pedestrian friendly either)!

It wasn’t til yesterday when I finally felt Croatia how I remember it to be. We got to Zadar, one of my favourite Croatian towns (second only to Dubrovnik!). Amazingly enough, I remembered the name of the guy’s home I stayed at last time and also found the agency that booked me into his place. Within 5 mins of getting off the bus, we were already in Robert Wagner’s penthouse apartment right in the heart of Zadar’s old town. Little has changed – the same sea breeze sweeping through the apartment, the same magnificent view over Zadar, even Wagner looked pretty much the same, still running around in boxer shorts and dangling a cigarette from his lips. Man, it felt good to be back. The good news: Zadar is nowhere as overrun by tourists as Rovinj was! Just the right balance of laid backness with a happening atmosphere…

Zadar at sunrise – view from Wagner’s apartment

Our next Croatian destination is Dubrovnik, jewel of the Adriatic. Bracing myself for the summer mobs (tourists) but hopefully can still enjoy it. First, a detour to Bosnia’s Mostar and Sarajevo…

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One Comment

  1. Ange says:

    I love the photo of the fish!
    So glad Croatia seems to have redeemed itself (for you). Have a great/safe rest of the trip

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