Croatian Getaway * part 2

On Day 1, we drove down the coast, then turned inland toward Plitvice Lakes. This was our main objective for the trip, so we spent all 3 nights in this area.

Here’s a map:

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‘A’ is the airport and ‘B’ is our hotel.

The plan was to head right out to the lakes on day 2, but when we got up it was raining off and on, and the next day was supposed to be super sunny and beautiful. So we decided to swap our plans for day 3 and do those instead.

Our first stop was Baraćeve špilje – Barac’s caves.

The landscape surrounding the cave was so pretty.
The landscape surrounding the cave was so pretty.
The entrance to the dark, scary cave.
The entrance to the dark, scary cave.
We had to put on hardhats, since the cave ceilings and the stalactites hang so low.
We had to put on hardhats, since the cave ceilings and the stalactites hang so low.
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
Probably the biggest, deepest, scariest hole I've ever seen. They call this The Cavern of Lost Souls.
Probably the biggest, deepest, scariest hole I’ve ever seen. They call this The Cavern of Lost Souls.
Coming back out into the daylight.
Coming back out into the daylight.
On the path on the way back, I saw the biggest slug I've ever seen!
On the path on the way back, I saw the biggest slug I’ve ever seen!

After we left the caves, we headed East to cross the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina. We did this mostly because we were so close, so we wanted to add another country to our “places visited” list, not because there was anything in particular we wanted to see there.

Bosnia was full of winding roads on a green, hilly terrain.
Bosnia was full of winding roads on a green, hilly terrain.
Some areas were a little rundown.
When we got into the city of Bihac, some areas were a little rundown.
But most of the houses we passed looked brand-new. (Despite their questionable decor tastes.)
But most of the houses we passed looked brand-new. (Despite their questionable decor tastes.)

We drove around for about an hour, both in the city and in the country. We stopped and got some Bosnian money out of an ATM.

The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Convertible Mark.
The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Convertible Mark.

Then we stopped at this little restaurant for lunch.

Our waiter was a sweet little Bosnian man - who must have been at least 70 years old. He didn't speak a lick of English, but we got by ordering in German, which he understood a very little. Basically, we just requested a meat (beef for the hubs, chicken for me) and we ate whatever he brought us.
Our waiter was a sweet little Bosnian man – who must have been at least 70 years old. He didn’t speak a lick of English, but we got by ordering in German, which he understood a very little. Basically, we just requested a meat (beef for the hubs, chicken for me) and we ate whatever he brought us.
This is what he got - beef, french fries, and some amazing delicious poofy soft bread.
This is what he got – beef, french fries, and some amazing delicious poofy soft bread.
It's a bit hard to tell from the picture, but these plates were HUGE! They were about 18 inches across, and completely packed with food. They ended up costing about $7-$8 each.
It’s a bit hard to tell from the picture, but these plates were HUGE! They were about 18 inches across, and completely packed with food. They ended up costing about $7-$8 each.

After we crossed back over into Croatia, we went for a peaceful hike in the woods. It was so quiet, I felt like we were the only ones out there.

The peaceful forest
The peaceful forest
Sitting on a (very wet) log.
Sitting on a (very wet) log.
We found a real snail on the path (a pretty large one, about 2 inches across).
We found a snail on the path (a pretty large one, about 2 inches across).

Then we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep!

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