Posted by: lindsaygoes | October 31, 2016

Croatia, Part 2

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Hvar to Split, Croatia

From Hvar we had a ferry to split and then a short taxi ride to our hotel. After checking in we headed down to the waterfront and the Diocletian’s Palace. We grabbed some lunch and then had a walking tour through the palace. The palace is more of a walled fortress than a single building and was built in the fourth century AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (I’m assuming not by him personally, but on his behalf). A number of the original buildings have been destroyed over time, but there was still a fair bit of original architecture, and our guide was pretty informative.

After the palace we caught a bus to Trogir, another historic town in Croatia and had a wander through some of the alleyways. We also climbed to the top of Fortress Kamerlengo which had a great view over the city. On the way back we ended up on a very local bus which wound its way through the streets, stopping frequently, which gave us a nice relaxing journey back to our hotel.

Monday 24th October 2016
Split to Plitvice National Park, Croatia

From Split we had a private transfer to Plitvice National Park. We couldn’t check in straight away, so grabbed some lunch, checked in and then headed into the park.

We did the upper lakes first, catching the bus to the top and then walking down. The scenery was fantastic! We were surrounded by gorgeous orange and yellow trees as it was moving into Autumn, and walked past gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. I think the photos speak more for how stunning everything was than I can. Once we reached the bottom we caught the ferry back across the lake before a little rest before dinner.

Tuesday 25th October 2016
Plitvice National Park to Zagreb, Croatia

We had another walk in the park this morning, concentrating on the lower lake this time. We caught the bus to the top and then got some amazing views down to the lake, and then of Veliki Slap, a 78m high waterfall. The colours of the lakes were amazing, and again the beautiful Autumn colours were gorgeous. We managed to miss most of the other tourists this morning and for most of the walk it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

Then we caught the ferry back, had some lunch and then it was on to Zagreb.

Once we got to Zagreb we had a bit of a wander around the city, we visited Tunnel Gric, a World War II bunker which we walked through. It was very atmospheric, and enormous in one section! We went to the Museum of Broken Relationships, which was quite interesting. It had all sorts of donated items, each with a story of why they represented the particular broken relationship. Then we had a bit of an evening drink before dinner.

Wednesday 26th October 2016
Zagreb, Croatia

Our first stop this morning was the Zagreb Botanical Gardens, which had a lovely selection of plants and was really nice to walk through. It had rained before we came in, so all the plants were covered in tiny droplets.

After that we went on a walking tour which covered the two oldest parts of the city. Our guide was very entertaining and taught us the history of the city as well as sharing some interesting stories. One of my favourite was about the cathedral. One morning a woman was walking past when she saw someone doing handstands on one of the spires. She called the fire brigade and by the time they arrived there was a crowd cheering on the acrobatics of the man on the spire. They went up to see what he was doing, and it turned out he had been to the fire station a few days before to ask for a job but had been told he didn’t have the right skills. Rather than arresting him, they gave him a job and he worked for the fire brigade for the next few decades.

After our walking tour we wandered through the city a bit more and went up to the top of the Zagreb eye for a great view of the city. 

Then we headed back to catch up on laundry, the last load for the trip! Then it was out for dinner.

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