In our earlier tour of Zagreb the market was closed due to the Croatian national holiday Feast of Corpus Christi. So before departing Zagreb today, we headed out to see the market, a short walking distance from our lodging. This market is open 7 days/week, except for holidays. Many ladies and mums were out getting their fresh food with their 2-wheeled carts.
Lavender products, once widely harvested/exported in/from Croatian, but essentially wiped out by wild fires in the 70/80's and now only cultivated for internal tourists and local's use.
Here's those "BBQs" again, we saw yesterday, as it turns out they aren't BBQs at all, but coolers for displaying cheeses.
Fresh produce, red umbrellas and market peoples as far as the eye can see.
And below the outside market, a subterranean spread of more market.
We only bought more cherries, as the car could be sitting in the heat the rest of the day.
And then we drove 2 hours south to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, due to its outstanding and picturesque series of tufa lakes, connected by waterfalls, and caves. The national park was founded in 1949 and is in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The north–south road that passes through the national park area connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region, where we're headed to shortly. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres).
Our hike included long boardwalks, with stepped climbs up to the higher lakes, and a boat ride to connect to other trails, and finally a tractor-train ride back to the start.
The water is crystal clear.
A high view from the tractor-train returning back to the start.
Looking at our travels today - almost 8 miles of walking, and the boat and tractor/train rides.
At our lodging in the country, at a small hotel, nice eats - our fancy foo-foo desert - a creamy fruit tarty thing.