National Parks

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Korcula was great, the old town was charming as ever, and the water surrounding the entire island was crystal clear and the most beautiful shades of blue. We did nothing again except for sun bake swim and read, divine.

Our timing was great to get the ferry and we turned up just as it was about to leave. As we joined the main road again it seemed we had caught up with the van tour people again. We were heading to Mostar for a night and it seemed they had the same idea. The border guard didn't like the look of our green card, but after much protesting that it was the original one, he let us in. There were lots of reminders of the war here. Old bunkers on the side of the roads, and when we arrived into Mostar itself, lots of buildings had bullet holes in them, both old ruined ones and ones people were using. I don't know why, but I always associate war with something that happened a long time ago, to see these buildings that had been damaged so recently, well it was and eye opener.

Mostar was one of the worst affected towns in Bosnia, but today much of it has been rebuilt. The entire old town has had a big face lift, and the old bridge, which was blown up, has lovingly been rebuilt. It was a magnificent sight, and something I have been looking forward too. For years men have been jumping from the bridge, a mere 21meters high, just to prove they are man enough. Every July they have a competition, but these days a few guys just do it for the tourists. We were lucky enough to see one guy do it. He just seemed to fall for ever.

We found a place to free camp by the local stadium. During the day it seemed like a good place to stop, but by the time it got to about 10pm, a lot of younger people decided it was a good place to park their cars, and from what we could gather, do drug deals. I was very wary all night, but they left us alone, so no harm bar a bad nights sleep.

On the way back into Croatia we stopped at a place called Kravice, where we could look and swim around a series of water falls. It was a great place, and reminded us a bit of Litchfield Park back in the NT, but no crocodiles to worry about! Bonus! We had a bit of a climb about the falls, and swam in the very refreshing water.

On the way to split driving along the nice scenic route, we got our first, and hopefully last speeding ticket! 500 KN later (about 70 Euros) we were on our way again, Bugger! Split old town was quiet nice, but the rest of the place was just another big town. We stayed for a few hrs for a look about, but we had a big drive. Now that we were doing the speed limit (mainly 50!) it was taking us forever to get to the Plitvicka Lakes area. Clive was playing up a bit again, this time the battery was doing all kinds of strange things, and our lights weren't working too well, if at all. We did manage to get to Plitvicka before dark, thank god, and found our selves in a massive camp site. I think the sign said it was 35 hectares! It is nice being back in the bush again, and things are a bit cooler at last so sleeping is much easier.

The Lakes national park is amazing. It is a series of lakes that have been formed over hundreds of years due to travertine formation. So what was once a river has become lakes of the most amazing colours with waterfalls leading from one to the next. It wasn't cheap to get in, but included a boat ride and a train/bus ride. Wooded paths lead you around and over the lakes so you could get the most of the picturesque place. A good day, and lots of hiking, so good training, hopefully!

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robynjb on

Just letting you know we look forward to your blogs. Bad luck about speeding fine, there's always something going to spoil the fun.

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