Sunday, September 14, 2014

The road to GroƟglockner

Sixteen days after leaving home, we're now on our way back to Antwerp. After Croatia, we've driven through Slovenia, Italy, Austra and Switzerland, arriving in France to meet up with my parents for a few days.

France offered us the typical vineyards and chateaux. What, next to the good company, will stick with me the most is the High Alpine road in Austria. We paid 34 euros to be allowed on the road, but the surroundings of that piece of asphalt are extraordinary.
The drive is rough, maybe even more so coming down than going up. No wonder car manufacturers use it to test drive their close to production-ready prototypes.

It has been quite the trip. I had never expected to give my eyes such a show so close to home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Northbound again

Leaving Plitvice behind us, we crossed the country heading for the sea. We didn't need to cover a lot of distance, to discover how diverse the Croatian landscape and climate is. In only two hours we went from the cold, foggy lakes and waterfalls to green meadows to dusty mountains to sunbathing coasts.

We followed the coastline for a little while, strolling through old coast towns, eating seafood, drinking something cold. Driving up North and more inland, we spent two days in Motovun, a picturesque town high on a mountain.

We'll be continuing up North, slowly making our way home.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tolkien's inspiration

The next morning we woke up to another rainy day. We caught up with the rain in Austria and we have been following it ever since. Or the other way around. Even the locals can't seem to stop talking about how much rain is falling.

Between showers, we were able to hike the Vintgar trail. The one hour hike takes you along dangerous rapid waters, bringing you to a big waterfall. If I ever wondered how J.R.R. Tolkien came up with inspiration for his famous novels, now I have a good idea.

On Tuesday, exploring the Postojna cave system by train and on foot offered similar enchanting images.

After exchanging the Slovenian scenery for that of Croatia - still raining - we visited the Plitvice Lakes on Thursday. The non-stop rain had caused a big part of the park to flood. If you didn't mind getting wet up  to your knees, wading through the lakes that were now on top of the trails was definitely an option - one that we took.

We'll spend our last few days in Croatia along the coastline, hoping to at least warm up a little after our wet and cold experience in the national park.