Plitvice Lakes – 5

Extract from Julian’s Journeys The Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka jezera) are one of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions. An amazing natural phenomenon and no more than 4000 years old, Plitvice is a protected UNESCO world natural heritage site. They were declared a national park in 1949 and accepted as a World Heritage site in 1979. DueContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 5”

Plitvice Lakes – 4

Extract from Julian’s Journeys Veliki Slap is 50 metres high and normally comprises 5 or 6 main streams of water that plummet over the Western edge of the Korana gorge. The walkways go to within 25 metres of the foot of the falls, but this is a windy spot and only about half the waterContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 4”

Trakai – 4

The town of Trakai has a lot of colourful wooden houses and most belong to the Kairim who practice a branch of Judaism. Their plain temple, called a Kenesa, is on the main street and is open for visitors. The Kairim are thought to be descended from another people called The Khazars, who lived betweenContinue reading “Trakai – 4”

Plitvice Lakes – 3

Extract from Julian’s Journeys Having arrived at Boat Landing 2, we caught the boat across Lake Kozjak. It was lunchtime so we investigated some stalls that were set out around Boat Landing 3, where local women sell a mild yellow home-made cheese called “Skripavac”, in kilogram chunks, though you can have a quarter or halfContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 3”

Trakai Castle – 3

The walkways across the lake are well maintained and reassuringly sturdy. On the small island between the walkways was a man with an accordion playing small snatches from an international repertoire. I think he looked at the tourists heading towards him, assessed where they were from, and then played a tune associated with that country.Continue reading “Trakai Castle – 3”

Malta – 3

Large stones, salt and topsoil have all been postulated as the cargo. The stones might have been the ones used to build the megalithic temples found over the islands and therefore would have had the weight necessary to scrape such channels in the rock, though it is difficult to imagine stones weighing 50 tons beingContinue reading “Malta – 3”

Plitvice Lakes – 2

Extract from Julian’s Journeys The heavy rains of the previous days meant that the streams between the lakes were in full spate and the water was really rushing under some of the wooden walkways between the lakes. It also meant that the waterfalls were spectacular, especially the ones that we came across next, the 10Continue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 2”

Trakai Castle – 2

At first view from the lakeside the castle appeared to be more than the official 500 metres away across the lake. However, I was soon distracted by sail boats, people thrashing about in small green rowing boats and picnickers by the path. There were vendors selling amber jewellery, ice creams, and postcards. The stall andContinue reading “Trakai Castle – 2”

Malta – 2

At different sites over the two main islands and in the surrounding waters are found some man-made features which have been given the name ‘cart ruts’, largely because the first visitors to discover them believed they had been worn by a cart. Their most famous site is at Clapham Junction, named after Britain’s busiest railwayContinue reading “Malta – 2”

Plitvice Lakes – 1

Extract from Julian’s Journeys “Wow, what an amazing place this is” said the New Zealand girl next to me, as she looked down at the patchwork of powder blue pools and small lakes that stretched out before us. My wife and I, who were standing next to her, smiled at each other and nodded inContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 1”