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PLITVICE, CROATIA

Sunday May 24, 2015

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Plitvice, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Plitvice, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Plitvice, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

It was 10 years ago that I’d first seen a photo of Croatia, a little country in Eastern Europe that sounded vaguely familiar, but I knew nothing about. The imagery depicted more than a dozen cascading white waterfalls feeding into tiered pools of vibrant turquoise, in what looked like a mythical forrest of lush greenery. At first, I thought it was a painting – somewhere too magical to actually exist, like the setting of a JRR Tolkien novel. But the caption swore it to be real place … Plitvice Lakes National Park, in Croatia.

SKRADIN, CROATIA

Thursday May 21, 2015

Skradin, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Skradin, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Skradin, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

After two weeks of ferries, buses and water taxis, it was time for a much-needed road trip! From Split, we rented a car and headed inland towards Plitvice Lakes National Park – the country’s crown jewel, and grand finale to our travels through Croatia. We departed mid-morning, but it was still a full day’s drive (with stops) out to Plitvice, so we broke up the journey in little Skradin where we stretched our legs exploring picturesque Old Town …

SPLIT, CROATIA

Sunday May 17, 2015

Split, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Split, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Split, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Split, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

Split, Croatia www.bucketlistbums.com

After a week of island hopping through Korcula, Badija, Proizd, Hvar, Vis and Bisevo, we caught a ferry back to the mainland for a couple of days in central Split. The walled heart of the city was a mecca of medieval goodness with cathedrals, belfries and Roman ruins around every picturesque corner. We’d traveled briefly through London and Belgium two years prior, but Croatia really was our first proper trip to Europe, and the country was doing a fine job of spoiling us rotten with historic wonders.