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Summer pictures, or Boreks in Croatia (and Hungary)

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1

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    As promised long ago - pictures from Croatia (and a few from Hungary).

    There were three parts of the trip. Marzena told me she is not going to sleep in the car or bushes in random places, and that was part of my plan. So I bought her a plane ticket to Split, promised to collect her from the airport, packed the car - and left a week earlier. That was the start of the first part.

    My first stop was in Hortobagy. I wanted to see Hungarian Grey cattle and puszta. It mostly worked - that is, I have seen the cattle (this is actually a bull, with his own collection of flies):

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    draw well typical for puszta:

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    and Hungarian buffalo (with even larger collection of flies):

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    Next day I drove to Plitvice Lakes National Park (which meant about 1500 km in two days). This is a beautiful place, but so crowded walking there was for most of the time rather unpleasant. If you ever happen to visit Plitivice, go around a Kozjak lake - no people there. Crowd was so thick it was difficult to take pictures in the most picturesque parts of the park (full of waterfalls), so only two from other places:

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    Not all paths are wooden, but some are.

    After Plitvice I spent a day around Knin. Main road to Knin was closed, I was driving a detour and lo - spotted something I have already seen on pictures (so called Burnum arches):

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    They were in the https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3155780&highlight=Burnum+arches#post3155780 [Broken] this year, but I didn't plan to see the place - it was completely accidental.

    In the Knin and around there are plenty signs of the war, some villages are almost completely deserted, there are plenty of deserted houses - this one with a painted sign Oluja 95 (Oluja - Operation Storm - was a Croatian military operation in August '95):

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    As everywhere in Croatia, landscape is incredible:

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    History is still fresh here. Which doesn't mean life doesn't continue:

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    From Knin I drove to the sea, to wander north and south for two days. This is a city of Korčula, on the Korčula island:

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    And this is a small village high above Makarska:

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    Bed is ready :biggrin: - camping on Korčula (I had to stop in civilized places now and then to take a shower):

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    And the views... I am not even 100% sure where these were taken, either on Korčula or on Pelješac:

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    Roads in Croatia are not for faint-hearted, what you see is not wide enough for two cars, so there is a bay (is it how it is called in English?) on the right, to create passing place:

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    Actually getting to the place where I took the picture was a crazy thing to do, I had to walk about 100 meters on the very narrow road between wall and a barrier to get there; luckily there were no cars for a moment.

    After a week I collected Marzena from the Split airport. Our plan was to go to Hvar island, but as I wasn't sure we will be able to get to the ferry on time, I pitched our tent on a camping place in Baško Polje. That meant we were not in hurry, so we went to see ruins of Salona. While driving there (pretty close from the airport) we have seen a strange cloud, but we didn't realize it is a smoke before we stopped and left the car. Now I know it was a forest fire on Brač island, but at the time it was not clear if the fire is on Brač or Hvar (both islands are in the same direction). I was even afraid Hvar can be closed for arrivals. We were at least 20 km from the fire, but we could smell the smoke and when we got back to the car there was some ash on the roof. So, this is Solona and a cloud of smoke:

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    Next day we got to Vrboska. This is port in Vrboska:

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    and the famous fortress church:

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    Note the wind changed direction, so the smoke is visible again.

    Next two weeks (over two weeks) we spent getting tan, walking, swimming, diving, visiting different places on the island and so on. So, for example, this is how Jelsa looks from above (if you are ready to climb up in temperatures in the 90 deg F range):

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    There are no beaches on Hvar (in general there are no beaches in Croatia), coast is almost always rocky:

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    but you don't need a beach to have fun:

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    Surprisingly, weather wasn't perfect. That's a rare thing on Hvar.

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    Third part was the trip back. On the way north it happened that we had enough time for a side trip, so we decided to see the Varaždin - it was just close enough to the highway, it was early enough, and we wanted to stop to eat something. And Varaždin was a very pleasant surprise, we liked it. Well, we have seen only the old city - but we highly recommend it.

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    Then, as planned, we went to Budapest. And - to be honest - we didn't like it :blushing: That is, there is nothing wrong with the city, it just didn't work with us. We prefer Prague.

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    While on Hvar we meet Poles, who told us to visit Tokaj. It wasn't exactly on our road to Warsaw, but we had some time reserve, so getting back a day later was not a problem. And Tokaj was great. City is not as picturesque as - say - Varaždin. It is nice, it has its charm, but it is all about wine. City smells of wine, city is full of cellars, you can buy wine in every place, it is incredibly cheap, and very good. We have spent there one night only, but we bought something like 10 liters of wine to take it home. Again, highly recommended.

    Bor means wine, pince means cellar. These are two most popular words in Tokaj.

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    Price list behind Marzena says 500 - but that's for a very special wine, called Aszu. Prices start with with 80 Ft for a 100 mL glass - that's about 40 cents, and this cheap wine is already quite good.

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    That's all for today, perhaps more later...

    Edit: three of the pictures (Solona, rain on Hvar and Parliament building in Budapest) were taken by Marzena.
     
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  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2

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    These photos are just stunning. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Wow that is amazing. What exactly is down there? Do "normal" people work/live down there or is it a touristy place and/or rich people historic district?
     
  5. Sep 12, 2011 #4

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    Great images, Borek! I'd love to visit some of Eastern Europe, but sadly, unless someone builds my a trans-Atlantic bridge, that won't happen. Love to visit Tokaj, though not for the gorgeous scenery.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2011 #5

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    Those are great- thanks for sharing them!
     
  7. Sep 13, 2011 #6

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    Fifty-fifty. I walked these streets, most of the premises open to the streets are used as shops, offices, bars and so on, some are rented to tourists, but obviously many are used just for living.

    Streets in Croatia are interesting as well (well, I guess this is typical of hot climates), as they are always very narrow and in shadow (which makes taking pictures very difficult). This one is in Split, and rather wide:

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    The girl that you see is just picking her nose. Sigh. There are thousands of ways of wasting a picture.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2011 #7
    Great work Borek,

    Just clone out that nose picking girl
     
  9. Sep 13, 2011 #8

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    I realized what have happened immediately, so I took another picture. But I find it funny enough to use this one :smile:
     
  10. Sep 13, 2011 #9

    Andy Resnick

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    Nice to know that no matter where you go, people are all the same :)
     
  11. Sep 13, 2011 #10

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    Wow, nice places and nice pix!
     
  12. Sep 14, 2011 #11

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    Fascinating views, thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Sep 14, 2011 #12

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    I almost forgot - these pictures were taken especially for jtbell. Budapest trams - end stop:

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    and inside - doors on both sides (closed on the left, open behind the man reading a newspaper):

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    No idea about proper English nomenclature, but they can go in either direction (cabins for drivers on each end of the tram), so they don't need a rail loop at the end of line. No such trams in Warsaw, I am not sure if they are used in other Polish cities.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2011 #13

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    Seconded, really good. :smile:

    .... Did Marzena take any photos?.. Just asking. :biggrin:
     
  15. Sep 14, 2011 #14

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    Plenty, but only three posted. They are listed at the very end of my first post.
     
  16. Sep 15, 2011 #15
    I really like your pictures, they are beatiful.

    btw, best time to visit Plitvice Lakes is in autumn because it's not crowded and landscape is very colorful.
     
  17. Sep 17, 2011 #16

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    I wonder if there might have been forest fires or bushfires when visiting some summers ago, too. The still air was pretty thick, the water was like glass and the cloudless sky- white-ish. It seemed clearer further from Split, say, much better around Mljet.
     
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  18. Sep 17, 2011 #17

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    My understanding is that fire is a part of the ecosystem around Mediterranean Sea, so it is quite possible. I was on Hvar for the fifth time - while this is the first I witnessed the fire in person, I have seen traces many times.
     
  19. Sep 17, 2011 #18

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    I'd understood that about bushfires, I didn't realise it was the case around the Mediterranean too, thanks!
     
  20. Sep 17, 2011 #19

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    Hot, dry, plenty of conifers - it must burn.
     
  21. Oct 25, 2011 #20
    Amazing photos.. Especially Not all paths are wooden is mind blowing.. Thanks for the share, keep going..
     
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