Summer Trip 2016 Part 16 – Bosnia – Jablanicko Lake

2017-01-13 at 07:30

Today we drove from Plitvice Lakes to the Jablanicko Jezero or Jablaničko jezero as the locals call it. It did rain like in South East Asia. I never saw that much water in one day driving. Sometimes we had to slow down to 40 km/h so the windscreen wipers could cope with the water. And the road full of bumps and water filled holes did not really help too much to make that trip any saver.

Gas Station in Bosnia
Gas Station in Bosnia in the rain.

Palatschinke is a thin crêpe-like variety of pancake
For lunch we did stop at a small place next to a gas station. Free WiFi and very good Palatschinke. Palatschinke is a thin crêpe-like variety of pancake. After that it was further down in the pouring rain towards the next stop: Jablaničko jezero

Jablanicko Lake

The Jablanica Dam near Jablanica was build in 1953. After that the lake formed and it is now about 30 km long. It is famous for fishing and watersports.

At Jablanicko Jezero
A few kilometres before Jablanicko Lake the rain did stop. That was the view from our room after all day driving in the rain. Could not look better with a blue sky.

We did book a room at Pansion Asim right at the lake. Our room was not much to call home but we took the cheapest so no complain there. Still it was with breakfast and had a balcony towards the lake.

View from Penzion Aslim at Jablanicko Jezero
View from the restaurant at Penzion Aslim at Jablanicko Lake – just 1 kilometre after the bridge from Ostrazac.
We did sample the local brews and looked out over the quite lake. What a view!

Single lane bridge towards Ostrazac
Single lane bridge towards Ostrazac from the garden of Penzion Aslim

The terrace and rental boats at Penzion Aslim
The terrace and rental boats at Penzion Aslim

Rays of light
Rays of light

Morning from the breakfast room
The next morning we admired the view while waiting for breakfast.

Coffee
The local coffee

Breakfast at Penzion Aslim
Vegetarian breakfast for us. It usually does come with meat. After that it was a day of relaxing and doing nothing.

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Summer Trip 2016 Part 15 – Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park

2017-01-11 at 07:00

Plitvice Lakes National Park or Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera as the locals call it is the largest national park in Croatia and one of the oldest national parks in South-east Europe.

The name of the park comes from its lakes that are arranged in cascades. The size and water flow of the Plitvice Lakes does change from time to time. The lakes are separated by natural dams made of travertine. Right now there are 16 lakes inter-connected by a series of waterfalls. They all have distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours do change all the time. It does depend on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of the sunlight.

Map of Plitvicka Lakes
The whole area looks like this. There is a boat service on the lower lakes and special Mercedes Unimog trucks that bring people from one entrance to another. We did come late and the whole system on the maps is a bit confusing. I was quite shocked about the entrance fee – 27€ per person? Really?? Plus parking on top of that… To much if you ask me but Heike did want to go and see the lakes again.

Map of Plitvicka Lakes
We did park at the Entrance 2 and got the boat to the other side of the lake on the right. The boat does not leave from the same side as you can see on the map! You have to get a boat to the other side and from there another boat to get to the start of the hike. We did lost over 1 hour as getting on the boats was very poor organized where you get on the second boat. But finally we where on a boat on the lower lake and on the way down.

Lower Lakes

Plitvice Lakes
Nice to look at – but you can not imagine how many people where in the park. Since most of the paths are about 1,5 metres wide it is no fun to walk there. Visiting the park in spring and autumn must be a more tranquil experience but if you go in summer – be ready to fight the crowd!

Stream at the Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera

Fish at the Plitvice Lakes National Park
Fish in the crystal clear water. European chubs are taking the waters over from trouts.

Be that duck
Be that duck

Plitvice Lakes
Down to the next lake

Snake at the Plitvice Lakes
Snake at the Plitvice Lakes

Waterfall at the Plitvice Lakes
Veliki slap or Large Waterfall (78 m) at the lower part of the lakes.

Posing at the Waterfall at the Plitvice Lakes
There was a long line to get on the rock for this picture

Chinese Tourists
Bus loads of Chinese Tourists

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

Upper Lakes

It was late afternoon and we did check with the park service if there would be enough time to do the long hike of the upper lakes. The girl confirmed and we took one of the last buses up to the trail head. We where only 6 people in the bus. That did look good and it was even better. Nobody was up there any more so we could finally enjoy the beauty of nature. Only birds and the sound of flowing water without all the human noise.

Upper part of the Plitvice Lakes
Prošćansko jezero – the highest and second largest lake in the park.

Upper part of the Plitvice Lakes

Upper part of the Plitvice Lakes
There are wooden paths all over the park so you can imagine how it was at the lower part of the lakes with too many people going up and down. If only one did stop for a picture – everybody on that side of the path had to stop as well.

Clear water at the Plitvice Lakes
A world under water

Underwater Forest
Underwater Forest

Underwater forrest with fish
It looks almost like the fish are floating in the air

Quiet lake

Another waterfall
The Galovački buk waterfall at the Upper Lakes

Best buddies
Best buddies

Went back to our hotel: Guesthouse Nikolina and had a good nights rest. After breakfast it was time to hit the road again. Off to Bosnis – but that will be another post!

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Summer Trip 2016 Part 14 – On the way to Croatia

2017-01-07 at 11:57

We did get up quite early and put every thing in the car after breakfast. Lots of traffic but we made our way towards Slovenia and further down into Croatia

Omladinsko Jezero
Omladinsko Jezero in Croatia

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski
In the late afternoon I checked my app to look for a camp ground. We did found one to Otok Ostarijski only a few kilometre from the main road. At the end of a very small road in the corn fields.

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski

The campground was quite new and had the best shower and toilet room I ever had on a camp ground. There where 3 more campers at the end of the evening so it was nice and quite

A mile before Ostarije
A mile before Ostarije

House in Ostarije
House in Ostarije. A lot of people where preparing for winter. Fire wood is the choice of the country folks round here to keep the place warm.

Croatian Countryside

Croatian Countryside

Old train station in Vojnovac
Old train station in Vojnovac

Old train station in Vojnovac

Old train station in Vojnovac
You can still see the bullet holes all over the building

Food

A house close to Blata - bullet holes everywhere
A house close to Blata – bullet holes everywhere

Driving into Saborsko
Driving into Saborsko

Poljanak view over the mountians
Poljanak view over the mountians

Houses in Poljanak - looks a bit like Black Forrest style
Houses in Poljanak – looks a bit like Black Forrest style

Big one
A Big one at the hotel. Heike wanted to see the Plitvice Lakes again so that is what we do in the next blog post.

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Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI

2017-01-04 at 09:20

Part number 6 of the 2016 visit to Venice in Italy. It is also the last day in Venice. The next morning we drove further east towards Slovenia. So lets dive into the last day!

Day two of Venice
We are on the last leg of this map

Graffiti at the Calle Avvocati
Graffiti at the Calle Avvocati

At the Canal Grande looking towards the Rialto Bridge
At the Canal Grande looking towards the Rialto Bridge

Selfie time at the Rio de S. Salvador
Selfie time at the Rio de S. Salvador

One of the many shops in the small streets of Venice
One of the many shops in the small streets of Venice

So many details
So many details

Maria

Venice

Venice

Daniele Manin sculpture
The patriot Daniele Manin sculpted by Luigi Borro in 1875.

Winged lion at Manin square
A large winged lion lies at the base of Daniele Manin's statue. Behind you see the façade of the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia from 1964. Quite a contrast to the rest of the buildings at the square.

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

The first church on this site was said to have been founded by Saint Magnus in the 7th century. But there is no 100% proof of that left. The first documented church was built here by Doge Agnello Partecipazio. It was dedicated to Zacharias the father of John the Baptist. His bones were sent as a gift to Venice by the Byzantine Emperor Leo V while the church was being built. In the 1170s the church was rebuild and finally replaced by a Gothic church in the 15th century. Almost every wall and the ceiling is covered with paintings by 17th and 18th century artists.
The crypt below is from the older church and the eight tombs of early doges down there are usually covered by water.

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Detail from the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Napoleon did steal this one when he captured Venice. The next 20 years it did spend in Paris.
San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Napoleon did steal this one when he captured Venice. The next 20 years it did spend in Paris.

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Presentazione di Maria al tempio from Antonio Vassilacchi
Presentazione di Maria al tempio from Antonio Vassilacchi

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

San Zaccaria in Gloia from Gerolama Pellegrini
San Zaccaria in Gloia from Gerolama Pellegrini

Adoration of the Magi by Niccolò Bambini
Adoration of the Magi by Niccolò Bambini

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Looking down the Rio del Greci to the tower of the Chiesa San Giorgio dei Greci
Looking down the Rio del Greci to the tower of the Chiesa San Giorgio dei Greci

Speed trap on the bridge at the Riva S. Biasio
Speed trap on the bridge at the Riva S. Biasio

Entrance of the Arsenale die Venezia

Entrance of the Arsenale die Venezia

The lion at the Arsenale die Venezia

The lion at the Arsenale die Venezia

Inside the San Martino

The original church was build in the 10th century and rebuild from 1546 to 1610. It is named after St Martin of Tours.

San Martino

San Martino

The central ceiling fresco from Domenico Bruni
The central ceiling fresco from Domenico Bruni

San Martino

San Martino
The organ was constructed by Pietro Nachini

And this was the last picture of Venice for this trip!

The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy

You find part 1 here : Venice without Tourists and the best Place to stay for small Money
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 10 – Venice III
Part 4 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV
Part 5 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V
And part 6 here: You are here

 
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