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Wednesday, June 12 - Plitvička Jezera National Park

And dinner with Natalie’s 2nd host family

sunny 95 °F
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This morning we got up early, to take the tram to get a rental car, which we drove for about 2 hours to get to Plitvička (Plit-veet-za) Jezera National Park. Wow - incredibly beautiful!

Before we left, Natalie and Tim walked out to the square to buy us burek for breakfast - pastry with meat or cheese that is common in Croatia.

When we arrived at Plitvice, we started at the top, overlooking waterfalls and lakes. We worked our way down to the bottom, where we walked paths and wooden walkways & bridges, around and across the lakes. We made our way to the far side, where we rode a boat across the water, then walked a ways up (wooden steps and paths) where we took a “train” (a long, multi-section bus) for a ways, then again walked trails and wooden walkways and steps, until we finally ended up back at the entrance. All of this took about 3 hours (and, according to my Fitbit, about 24 flights of stairs!). It was amazingly beautiful - bright blue water, large and small waterfalls, and lots of “nature”.

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We then drove back to the city, dropped off our rental car, and returned to our apartment where we got ready for dinner with Natalie’s second host family. They live right on the main street where the trams run, in an apartment on the second floor (ground level being zero, in the US we would say 3rd floor). Irena, Natalie’s ‘mom’ cooked us an amazing traditional Croatian dinner (though they typically would eat this large a meal closer to our lunch tine and eat just a light evening meal or leftovers). We started with a champagne toast, then had an appetizer of sir i vrhnje (sour cream & cheese) - it looked kind of like cottage cheese and was delicious, eaten on bread (one was made completely of corn but not like our corn bread), summer sausage (what we would call it not what they called it), and fried bacon fat (not sure of the name). For the main course we had salad with olive oil & vinegar, osso bucco with vegetables , and rice. Then for dessert (yes - we were stuffed!), we had kremsnita.
While we enjoyed dinner, we viistited with Irena, her son Jure (pronounced you-ray, but he introduced himself as JJ), age 18, who was on exchange in Washington state while Natalie was living there and just finished high school but has yet to finish his final tests, and Luna, age 17, who has one year left of high school. She is in school until Friday, so she has tests to study for, so we also met 2 of her friends who were coming over to study with her. We didn’t get to meet Duga (22), who was working (she is a personal trainer at her father’s gym).

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After dinner, we walked back to our apartment, to let our food settle and relax a bit, and played some cards. We intended to go back out, but as of right now Terri & Tim are going to call it a night - long day in the hot sun and so much walking zapped our energy.... The kids are still debating, since at dinner Luna & Jure told them of some fun places to go/things going on tonight .... they were told to take a nap and go out around midnight :/

Posted by Rowlandfamily 13:36 Archived in Croatia

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