Tuesday September 1, 2015 – Started toward Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Started toward Plitvice Lakes National Park, stopping first at Trogir, Croatia. Trogir’s origins date to the 3rd century BC, a major port until the Roman period. The city was demolished in 12th century by Muslims, but recovered quickly and became an economic center protected by Venice. We enjoyed walking through the historical sites and the harbor.

We ate lunch at a cafeteria “leftover from the socialist era ” according to our guide. The main courses were “comfort food,” starches and heavy sauces… so we split a sandwich. There were several animals in pens around the restaurant including live deer, a wild boar and a bear… with taxidermied versions of the same animals inside. The most important attraction was the clean bathrooms.

After checking into our hotel we started on foot on our walk exploring the lower lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a 5.5 mile trek in high heat. It started with two boat rides, then we walked along a path that lead to the falls. All the water in the substantial, connected lakes are from several mountain rivers coming together. The water was so clear it reflected a sapphire color, and fish could be clearly seen from the shore. The walkways could be treacherous and the climb at the end proved a challenge to some in the group. It was a beautiful but exhausting trip.

Dinner tonight boasted local food and local music. The food was trout or veal, with the mandatory overkill on the potatoes. The local music was two accordions and a beat up guitar and bass. There were some lively Croatian songs but also standards such as “Proud Mary,” “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Tomorrow we drive to Slovenia.

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