My first #trowback post was an easy decision, Let us time travel to October 2014 together. ‘All about that Bass’ by Megan Trainor was topping the charts, the new film Magic Mike XXL had just been announced, it was a great time to be alive.
Mark and I set off for a week-long holiday in Croatia we were looking for warmer weather, some rest and knew nothing about the town of Zadar which I had proudly secured us a super cheap and last minute flight to.
Zadar was a charming little town, with its cobbled streets and gorgeous sunsets. The locals say that Alfred Hitchcock described it as ‘the most beautiful sunset in the world’. There are Roman ruins everywhere you look, a fancy solar light art installation and my favorite, a magnificent sea organ whose chilled tunes in response to incoming and outgoing sea waves, is one of the most relaxing experiences. We were bored.
We were visiting the town terribly out of season, at night it had an eerie feel to it. Everywhere you looked there was the ghost of the previous month’s stag and hen parties. We started to look to see what was on offer a little further afield. We didn’t know it at the time but this would be one of our first adventures together and one of our favorite trips. Our minds were about to be blown.
We decide to rent a car on a whim. After getting to grips with driving on the wrong side of the road, the challenge of navigation in a foreign country, much screaming and a few dirt roads that looked like they were taking us nowhere later, we arrived.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen. When you first enter the park you see panoramic views of the Korana river and picture perfect nature for as far as the eye can see. The air was fresh, the water clean, this is how I imagine Canada to look like from my many consumed episodes of due south.
This was just the tip of the iceberg, after a very short ferry ride across the river the real magic starts. There are a number of different walks to choose from varying in length but you get to retrace the journey the river has made through beautiful trails in the forest.
As the river twists and turns, we follow it and the higher you get the more awe-inspiring it becomes. We get to walk, over, under and through waterfalls. We stood in front of them and got so close that you can feel the water on your face like a wet fog, pleasant under the hot sun.
This was not just the best part of the trip, this was a fantasy land, it was Narnia but warm. Go here, drop everything and go there now.
Take me with you!