We hit the road, and I sadly left my little travel pillow behind by accident. I can't seem to keep track of them, and I'd miss it for the rest of the trip. I'm still figuring out how to get another one, since I can't ever seem to find one I like in stores, and the price has now quadrupled on Amazon, so, yeah. Christmas present idea, if anyone's looking to gift something to me.
First time we needed to buy gas on the trip. Thankfully we'd asked what the type was in the local language, but turns out you just need to know the number, I think. Lovely gas stations in Croatia - they're all pretty much the same and they are frequent. Nice bathrooms, a cafe, wifi, etc. I went inside to pay with my AMEX (hooray no FX fees), and we were good to go. But yes, gasoline is pricey in Europe. And maybe because of this, we hardly saw anyone else on the road? Croatia's roads were strangely empty, despite driving to one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
We'd mostly been on toll roads throughout Croatia, and this little country road was a nice detour on this cloudy day.
Finally we made it to Plitvice around 11. There are two entrances, but we ended up at the more popular one, and the parking lot was large and crowded. We crossed the road to the main entrance, which had long lines for both the bathroom and to purchase tickets. But we'd come this far and wanted to see this place, and it sure didn't disappoint. It's spectacular.
I can't imagine being here during the height of the summer, since you're on wooden walkways around the water and it'd be tough to navigate with very full crowds, or you'd get stuck behind people. It was crowded when we arrived, but not as terrible as it could've been. See all the people below? But it's spectacular.
The water was beautiful blue, but I wonder if it would've sparkled more on a sunnier day.
This park is a UNESCO World Heritage site (one of the many we'd see on this trip), and from 1991 to 1995 it was under Serbian army control, I really need to hear the Serb side of the story, cause from what I've heard and read, they're not so great. There was fighting at Plitvice during the Croatian War of Independence.
We walked nearly all the way through the park, with fewer people the further we got. We took a shuttle back to the beginning, after waiting though a long line, one shuttle leaving, and shoving our way onto the next one. Back into the car for more driving, had to get to Zadar!