Nothing says “Welcome to Plitvice!” quite like this view. After a 5-hour bus ride from Split to Plitvice (pronounced pleet-vitse, based on the Croatian pronunciations I heard on the trip), we arrived at the park in the early afternoon on Saturday eager to explore and see all the lakes and waterfalls. Although we didn’t have quite enough time to see everything, we walked along the trails for a solid few hours and took lots and lots of pictures. Here are my (many) favorites.
We ended our afternoon in Plitvice Lakes National Park at the big waterfall, and then headed back up to the main entrance to catch our bus to Zagreb. I was exhausted at that point, so I knocked out on the bus. Once we arrived in Zagreb, we took a taxi to our hostel and then went out to dinner. The hostel receptionist recommended a place nearby for Croatian food (where the servers don traditional Croatian dress), so we headed there and enjoyed an amazing meal.
It was quite late by the end of our meal (we’ve caught on to the whole European long dinner thing) and pretty chilly out, so we decided to go back to the hostel and get some good sleep before our early morning the next day.
On our way to the train station before daylight on Sunday, we passed through the square that our hostel was right next to. Too bad we couldn’t stay in Zagreb longer!
Sunday was full of travel – we started out before sunrise and arrived in Rome after dark. Along the way, we passed through Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Italy via 2 trains and 2 buses. Quite the adventure. But it sure was beautiful!
All in all, a wonderful trip to Croatia. I already want to go back (Dubrovnik, you’re next!).