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Just like any other tourist, wherever I go I take home something to remind me of my travel. Before it was my hobby collecting key chains and Teddy Bears. Now, I am into printed drawings and paintings – the sort of one or two euros per A3 paper. =)
I’m saying it now! I’m going back to Croatia next summer.
Our goal in this year’s summer road trip was to visit Zadar, a city at the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the Northern Dalmatian Region. The city also shares its name to the County making it the center and the seat of governance.
I didn’t know about Zadar, Croatia until recently when I’ve come across a blog about the place and also bought a travel guide book of the country. It was love at first sight when I saw the pictures and right at that moment had the realization of visiting the city by the Adriatic Sea.
These are the pictures taken last year when we went for a hike in Yorkshire Dales. It has been whispered to me that this hilly place is breathtaking. They were absolutely right! One thing though that made me regret going there was I nearly put myself in danger. Because it was my first time hiking and I didn’t have the necessary training to do long walks and also my health wasn’t good either so I kept moaning about how stupid the idea was. The weather was also rubbish so we really had a hard time enjoying the view (or it was just me). As we were walking, I kept praying about not letting my husband down. He’s been into nature trips since he was a kid and I didn’t want to disappoint him right at that moment, but I managed to do so! =))
As part of our travel tradition, every summer we go on a road trip in Europe for a week or two. This August, we visited the Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Our one day tour in this nature reserve seemed not enough, but we were lucky to see the place.
People who went there would agree that it’s indeed a beautiful sanctuary of different species. Too bad we didn’t see some brown bears, only baby rodents.
If you’re visiting the park in the summer and you’re taking your car, be aware that it’s hard to get parking spaces because it gets too crowded specially in nice weather. Also, you have to pay 7 Kunas per hour and you leave your car in the woods.
The are two queues to the entrance ; two windows open for buying tickets. When we were there, people just lined up in the long queue thinking that there was only one. However, curious that we were, we checked and found another line which wasn’t obvious for most of the visitors.
Exchange rates at the national park are pretty good so you need not worry if you don’t have Kuna.
I first came here sometime in the winter of 2010, then it has become a habit to visit Budapest every year until we moved to England. Last year, I missed the city because we only stayed in the west of the country and didn’t do much touring aside from going to Balaton and the nearby thermal spas and lakes in Austria. However, this summer I listed it myself on our road trip itinerary.
The city hasn’t changed that much-still the mesmerizing city that I knew. If only I had opportunities in Budapest, I would really choose to live there. I can speak some Hungarian, but not enough to get a teaching job.
You are probably asking yourself right now, “Where in the world is Szombathely?”. It is situated in the Western part of Hungary bordering Austria and is the 10th largest city in the country. Actually, same feeling when I heard the word for the first time and I’m sure I didn’t get the correct pronunciation. Say (som.bat.hey), (sz) is pronounced as (s) in Hungarian.
Just can’t contain my feeling because 7 days from now I’ll be on a plane bound for Vienna. Going there is our entry route to our planned holidays in Europe, this time spending longer in Hungary and Croatia. I’ve never been in the latter that’s why I am so much delighted how fast the days are passing by. With just a month of school vacation left, I intend to spend most of it travelling and relaxing.
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