Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes: Avatar on Earth

The dawn of a new year usually gets me thinking about all the places I have yet to go. This year, though, all I can think about is the most magical place I’ve yet been:

Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

A sprawling meander alongside travertine lakes and glorious waterfalls, through lacy woods tufted with flowering plants, this European deep breath of a tourist attraction is so vivid, lush and crystal-clean, it can be a challenge to remember that the landscape is 100% real.

But hey, if you want to keep an eye out for the blue Na’vi of Avatar, by all means…knock yourselves out.

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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik: Croatian Modern

Back view of the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik from our hotel room

In the late spring, I finally saw Croatia for the first time; I’d been wanting to visit the country for most of a decade.

The first stop was seaside Dubrovnik, the most visited city in Croatia, and my and Adam’s home base for three nights was the streamlined Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel.

Much like Old Town Dubrovnik itself, the Lacroma is a glamorous fortress by the Mediterranean. Only one, though, has a swimming pool…as well as kittens in the parking lot.

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Off to France, Italy and Croatia

Le Petit Hôpital near Avignon, France, one of my (delightful) European destinations

 

Bon voyage — to me!

I’m off to Europe for a month, and to say I’m excited would be a hilarious understatement.

This trip will take me to France for two weeks, Italy for eight days and Croatia for nine days.

This is the longest trip I’ve taken since about 1985 — and here’s how it’ll all play out:

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TWT Travel Binder: Croatia

 

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Croatia.

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TWT Travel Binder: Russia

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Russia.

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