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CROATIA
OCTOBER 20-25TH 2006




Croatia is an amazing country. I started my trip in Split and moved my way north following the Mediterranean Coast (see map). I can say that I was amaze by how beautiful the coast was: crystal clear aqua-blue-turquoise water on one side and arid rocky hills on the other. No resort & no overdevelopment, just small pensions and apartments for rent. Croatia has managed to keep massive Western-style tourism away, for now anyway…

I’ve really enjoyed drinking Croatian wine (which is not the best on this planet), but for about 4$ a bottle, who can complain? Most Croatians mix 1/3 water with 2/3 of wine, but I prefer drinking my wine straight and undiluted!

I was impressed to see how developed & advance Croatia is as a country, knowing that this part of the world was at war 15 years ago. In some parts of the country (especially north of Plitvice National Park), I could still see houses covered with bullet holes. Nevertheless, the country has been almost entirely rebuilt and there are very few signs of the war.

I constantly questioned myself on this trip: Why some countries really move ahead while others don’t? (like Egypt). Government? Education? Not sure…

Split was an interesting city with lots to see and do. It was cloudy, but not touristy at all at this time of the year. I really liked this… In the summer, it most be a great place to drink, party, take some sun & have some fun, but the herds of tourists must be frightening…

I had the chance to experience fall for a day in Plitvice National Park. I went for an 8 hour walk in the park and leaves were yellow-orange. The air was fresh and it was the perfect place to relax and focus positive energies…. This park is part of the UNESCO and I totally understand why. You must go to understand!

I was not expecting much from Zagreb, but was surprised to see how small & charming this capital is. It made me think of Quebec City in the summer: cafes, bars, art galleries, history, old churches, etc. Everything was walking distance. A city I could totally live in…
There are very few countries I would visit twice (there are so many of them to see!), but Croatia is a place I would love to go back and visit & chill by the sea for couple of weeks...
To visit the official Croatian tourism website, click here.




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