Zagreb & Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Zagreb

We made it to Zagreb in the early afternoon after a long bus ride from Budapest, Hungary. That 6AM bus time comes up pretty fast when you go to bed at 1:30 in the morning. Fortunately, Nicole and I didn’t have to waste money on a cab because the subway was running!

We ended up at the back of the bus between three other people with seats that would not recline. The little woman sitting next to me was so lucky to be small because she just curled up in her seat and it looked like she had all the room in the world. Despite the uncomfortable situation, I did get a little shuteye until we came to the boarder.

The boarder went pretty smoothly for everyone except one girl. I’m not sure where she is from, but she held us up because she was not allowed to cross into Croatia. So, this meant all of us had to exit the bus and wait an hour or so for the bus to take her back to the closest boarder town and come back to pick us all back up again. This usually annoys me a bit because it cuts into my adventure time in a new city, but today I didn’t really care.

When we got to Zagreb, we were very satisfied with the hostel. It was comfy, clean, and very home style feel. We were a little early to check in, so we decided to go get a bite to eat at a restaurant with no menu, but they said they could make anything we wanted. We ended up having a chicken steak with veggies and we then ran to the ATM. By this time it was time to check in and we got some advice on were to go in the city. What we found was only one really cool place. And, this was the huge Catholic Church. Not to say the city wasn’t beautiful, because it is. But I’m a sucker for big beautiful churches.

 The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Picture 1) (Picture 2) (Picture 3)

 Plitvice Lakes

This place is the whole reason Nicole and I came to Croatia for this leg of my trip. I learned about it in one of those Facebook posts “32 Amazing Places You Must See Before You Die” type articles. All I can saw is that this place is breathtaking. Now, there is a downside to all the beauty and that starts with the letter “T”, for tourist. This place was worst than Disneyland. The cue to get in the place probably was about 200 strong, from what I could see. We arrived when all the big tour buses came, so we had to battle with 50+ more people per bus. And we found the entrance fee was about $32US. I felt like that was really steep, but if it maintains this places beauty, than so be it!

Regardless of all the people, I say go there if you have the opportunity. If you want some epic photos, just be patient and let people go by until the opportunity arises. I found generally nobody has patients to wait while you take a photo, so you pretty much have to snap and go in many places. Now this may have been because I arrived at the worst time.  Either way, I was truly in a place one with nature.

 Plivice Lakes (Picture 1) (Picture 2) (Picture 3) (Picture 4) (Picture 5) (Picture 6)

Nicole thought we walked about 10+ miles in the park. I have no idea because when I get into a nature setting, I could hike all day. We did arrive at our van, for our pickup, just in time and we headed back to the hostel. We pretty much had to hang out for a few hours for the 10:50PM bus to Ljubljana, Slovenia. I wasn’t really thinking when trying to do the planning and later thought maybe another night at the hostel would have been a good idea. Oh well, what is done is done. We ended up getting to our hostel in Ljubljana around 1AM in the morning. As for the next day, depending on the weather, we will hang out in town or go to Bled, Slovenia.

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  1. Yea, the tourists suck. Huge crowds. End of June would have been way less crowded.

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