Summer Trip 2016 Part 18 – Croatia – Wedding in Trpanj

January 28, 2017 at 12:48

Trpanj is a small village in south-eastern Croatia. My father bought a house at the beach many moons ago. Melissa spend many summer holidays there and she decided to get married there as well. That is why we are here now – the last stop of this Summer Trip.

Maria at the harbour in Trpanj
Statue of Maria at the harbour in Trpanj

Ferry from Ploce at Trpanj harbour
Ferry from Ploce at Trpanj harbour

Wedding at the Church of St. Roko over Trpanj

The church of St. Roko was built in the first half of the 17th century. It replaced an older church on the highest hill overlooking Trpanj

At the little church over Trpanj - looking to the city
View from St. Roko – looking to the city

iew from St. Roko  - looking to the main land
View from St. Roko – looking to the main land

At the little church over Trpanj

Wedding in Trpanj

Wedding in Trpanj
The Priest

Wedding in Trpanj
Here they come

Wedding in Trpanj

Wedding in Trpanj
Important guest from the village

Wedding in Trpanj
The ring thing

Wedding in Trpanj

Wedding in Trpanj

Aperitivo after the wedding
Aperitivo after the wedding with a killer view of the village

Aperitivo after the wedding

The afternoon was free so we did relax a bit and in the evening the party was at the Beach Bar. Great food, music and people. A nice wedding! Thanks for inviting us 🙂

Beach Bar
This was the start of the party. I did not bring the camera so there are only two pictures.

Beach Bar

The next morning it was back to Stuttgart. With one night in Croatia.

Adios sea
Adios Sea

Great house boat close to Cista Provo in Croatia
Great “house boat” close to Cista Provo in Croatia

Close to Gračac, Croatia
Close to Gračac, Croatia

Over the Alps in Italy
Over the Alps in Italy

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Summer Trip 2016 Part 17 – Croatia – Peljesac

January 28, 2017 at 03:35

Today we get to the final destination of this trip: The Peljesac peninsula. And we are here for a wedding. On the way we stopped to look at famous Počitelj in Bosnia and Herzegovina and at the War Monument on the peninsula

Bullet holes in Mostar
15 years after the war ended one still finds evidence of it everywhere. Took this picture in Mostar at a red light.

Počitelj

The Tower

Built in a natural amphitheatre along the Neretva river in Bosnia and Herzegovina Počitelj evolved from the 16th to the 18th centuries. You can see the two stages of evolution: medieval and Ottoman. In its early days the town housed a Hungarian garrison and was fortified into a strategic defence stronghold. In 1471 it was conquered by the Ottomans and lost it strategic importance. More than 200 years later after the Venetians conquered and destroyed Gabela the town became again an important strategic stronghold. In 1878 Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina was established. From that day on the town started deteriorating rapidly since it was not important again.

Wikipedia has this to offer from a not to far past: The entire historic urban site of Počitelj and surrounding area suffered extensive collateral damage during the 1992-1996 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Namely, it was heavily damaged by Croatian forces during the 1993 Bosnian War. Following the bombing, Počitelj’s sixteenth-century master works of Islàmic art and architecture were destroyed and a large part of the town’s population was displaced.

Now the city is only a brief stop on the way from Mostar to Metković. Most if it is rebuild and you still can sense some of its history. Well worth to break your journey for a few hours here.

The Kula in Počitelj
The Kula in Počitelj. It housed watchmen and military.

Roof in Počitelj

The Šišman Ibrahim-pašina džamija or Hajji Alija mosque and Bell tower
The Šišman Ibrahim-pašina džamija or Hajji Alija mosque and Bell tower

House

The Kula
The Kula

Peljesac

There is two ways to get onto the peninsula from the north. You can take the ferry from Ploce or you drive south – cross Bosnia and Herzegovina again and drive up north again. We opted for the latter – because I wanted to show Heike the war memorial and in high season you never know how full the ferry is.

The War Memorial on Peljesac

The War Memorial is near the village Gornje Pijavičino. It is dedicated to 395 fallen Yugoslav partisans and civilians killed in Italian and Ustasha concentration camps.

View from the War Memorial near Pijavicino
View from the War Memorial towards the South

View from the War Memorial near Pijavicino
Looks like they cut a line of trees to prevent the fire from spreading. Did not really help. Last time I was up here everything was green. Now with the Gray sky and black stumps it feels even more sad to stand up here.

War Memorial near Pijavicino
Someone did add this the monument:
Death to fascism! Down hitlerova NDH*
Down Milosevic and Tudman!
Down Nato vassalage!
Cheers Partisan

*The Independent State of Croatia (Croatian: Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH)

That was not here the last time I did stop.

On the right site there is a big relief – lets take a look from left to right:

Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - part1
Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - part2
Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - part3
Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - part4
Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - part5
Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino Someone did not like this one as well.

From fire and ash.
From the blood and tears
born was the new Yugoslavia
Tito

Details from the War Memorial near Pijavicino - Lots of bullet holes
Lots of bullet holes

Restaurant at the War Memorial near Pijavicino
Looks like a restaurant. Good idea since everybody does stop at the memorial the first time – but after that???

Orebić

Apartments Terezija

The wedding is in Trpanj on the other side of the peninsula but we where late with booking accommodation. Might be because of the wedding affordable accommodation was booked solid.

So we booked our room at Apartments Terezija in Orebić. It is only a few kilometres over the mountain and we stay only a few nights so that is OK.

The room was clean and we had a fridge and water cocker – great. Fly screen on all windows so you can leave them open all night long and enjoyed the breeze. Great place and only 1 minute or so to walk to the water!

Apartments Terezija
Quite big room at the 1st floor with mountain view

Apartments Terezija

Apartments Terezija

At the beach in Orebić

Church in Orebić
The church on the way to the beach in Orebić

Beach in Orebić
Beach in Orebić

Marina in Orebić
The Marina

Palm tree in Orebić
Palm tree

Ferry to Korčula in Orebić
Ferry to Korčula in Orebić

Orebić on the right Korčula on the left
Orebić on the right Korčula on the left

View from the street

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

January 11, 2017 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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