Shady people behind shady palms – traveling alone in Croatia

Many things are wrong with Croatia, I admit. Mostly economy and politics. But many things are just great and first and the most important when I travel is SAFETY! Can a woman travel alone in Croatia? YES YES and YES.

There were few incidents in the past but few is nothing compared to the rest of the world. You will definitely NOT get shot on the streets of Croatia, or stabbed. Not during the day, not during the night. Women DON’T have to be afraid to get raped even if they walk alone in the middle of the night. You should be always careful but you will not be afraid. To me, especially as a woman, that’s very important.

Palm trees and the sky by the sea in center of Split, Croatia
Palm trees and the sky by the sea in center of Split, Croatia

There are crazy people everywhere but Croatia is very safe country. You can even see kids play on the streets at 10pm as normal. Compared to other destinations where crime and women rights are still a problem, you are safe here. 🙂

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Surrounded by history – Split, Croatia

Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centered on the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.

standing in the center of   Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.
standing in the center of Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.

A must see; Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Probably my favorite place EVER are Plitvice lakes. There is something about waterfalls I adore. The pover in wich they flow is hypnotizing for me.

It’s officially spring but it winter in Plitvice. There are still residues of snow and the trees are still at sleep. The only color there is you can find in beautiful unpolluted lakes. You can imagine the beauty when everything blooms. Half of the trails were flooded but that didn’t stop me or some people to take off our snickers and go as fast as we can through flooded places. The water was ice cold and my feet froze in instant but as soon as I reached dry my feet were never so nicely warm. 🙂

There is a lot to say about Plitvice lakes but I would rather show you 😀

more pics in following days

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The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County.
In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1.1 million visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 180 kuna or around $32USD per adult in peak season. Strict regulations apply.

Angry sea or “just” Bora

The area where some of the strongest bora winds occur is the Velebit mountain range in Croatia. This seaside mountain chain, spanning 145 kilometers, represents a huge weather and climatic divide between the sharp continental climate of the interior, characterized by significant day/night temperature differences throughout the year, and the Adriatic coast, with a Mediterranean climate. Bora occurs because these two divided masses tend to equalize.

Oh that Bora! Scary and strog, making the waves even scarier. I really wouldn’t like to live on an island when a “normal” 140km/h Bora blows.

Who can blame the sea for being angry at us? If I was mother-nature I would also be angry looking what people do.

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Bora! The changeable Bora can often be felt all over Dalmatia, Istria, the Slovenian Littoral, Trieste, and the rest of the Adriatic east coast. It blows in gusts. The Bora is most common during the winter. It blows hardest, as the meteorologist Baron Ferdinand von Wrangel explained it by extending Julius Hann’s explanation of Alpine katabatic winds to the north Adriatic, when a polar high-pressure area sits over the snow-covered mountains of the interior plateau behind the Dinaric coastal mountain range and a calm low-pressure area lies further south over the warmer Adriatic.

I’m still trying to figure out how you photograph waves, hmm, my first try.

Rain is coming

There is something about looking at the sea before rain. It’s so dark that even in shallow place it looks deep and dangerous. It makes you think how nature has definitely the upper hand on us and it needs to remind us.

picture taken in Zadar, Croatia

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Standing on the dock and watching the clouds coming.

Church of ST. Donatus, Zadar, Croatia

A stunning sight as you walk around center of beautiful Zadar.   Its name refers to Donatus of Zadar, who began construction on this church in the 9th century and ended it on the northeastern part of the Roman forum. Church of St. Donatus is the largest Pre-romanesque building in Croatia. Originally named the church of the Holy Trinity in the 15th century it was renamed the Church of St. Donatus. Definitely a sight to see, inside and outside. I just love it.

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