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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

We headed north on a long bus ride to this beautiful National Park. Ok…how the heck to do say it? It’s the word split without the S, and it rhymes with ceviche if that helps. I love walking in National Parks…it’s always so peaceful, and this one with its limestone granite and beautiful turquoise waters is no exception.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

It’s a maze of 16 fresh water lakes which are all interconnected in multi-level clusters, with the water dancing through the rocks which are covered with algae, minerals, and fresh water plants. It’s this unique balance of natural elements that gives the water here it’s absolutely beautiful color. You can see straight through to the bottom because the water is completely crystal clear.

Amazing water that is crystal clear

There are 91 waterfalls in this park, of which six have names. I could have come up with a little more creative ones than this tho. Their biggest one is named Veliki Slap, which means Big Waterfall in Croatian…nonetheless it’s really beautiful and super fun to walk to the bottom of it and get totally sprayed by the mist. It’s falling 255 feet.

Veliki Slap or Big Waterfalls in Croatian
In the mist
The Beautiful Blue
Falling over plant-covered travertine rocks
Walking by the falls
Lovely afternoon in the park
A well deserved treat after a long hike!

We definitely could have spent a lot more time in this beautiful National Park!!

Sorrento, Italy

We arrive in Naples, the 3rd largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan.  Like many seaside ports, Naples built fortresses to defend herself, but not much is left as this was one of the most bombed Italian cities during WWII.  Naples is a very industrial town, a stopping off port to the primary destinations of Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast.  Hmm…which destination should we head to?

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Shoreline of Naples

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A Foggy day in London

The first day of International traveling is always the toughest.  The flight from San Francisco to London is ten hours.  We arrived at 8am and had an entire day of touring ahead of us, but every part of your biological clock is telling you “Hey, it’s midnight and isn’t it time for you to go to sleep?”  So in this zombie-like state, you try to get on London time and stay awake for your first day.

We are staying in The Chelsea Kensington area with friends…what a charming a little neighborhood!

Where our friends live…

The Name is Bond…James Bond

Only in London can you go to the James Bond Museum…if you love the Bond movies and the cars, then this is the place for you!  They have a lot of the props from many of the movies, but the highlight is the collection of engine toys – helicopters, boats, ski mobiles, and the beautiful cars, which have all been tricked out with rockets, missiles, and an array of arsenal to fight the enemies of the British empire. Each had a running film clip behind featuring that vehicle.  The highlight, of course, is the 1963 Silver grey Aston Martin which was used by Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.  I’m ready to get in that car and drive it off the showroom floor.

This beautiful church is Westminster Abbey. It’s incredibly beautiful inside with so many incredibly carved marble mausoleums over the final resting places of many of Britain’s kings and queens as well as many other famous people- Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, George Handel, and Sir Lawrence Olivier, over 3,000 in total. It is also where  Prince William and Kate got married, and where the memorial was held for Princess Diana. It’s one of the few places that won’t allow photography, so I stole a few photos of the interior from the internet.  You really feel history when you roam through this place.

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