Croatia is a country that has been through so much during my life time.
On Oct. 29, 1918, Croatia proclaimed its independence and joined in union with Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia to form the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes.
The name was changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. When Germany invaded Yugoslavia in 1941, Croatia became a Nazi puppet state.
Growing up I just remember hearing vague things about wars and rumors of wars yet I really had no idea where this area of the world was, and why all of this was going on. It was beyond me. I vaguely remember the following, again, placing it so far away from home:
The Bosnian War, from 1992 to 1995, was a territorial battle among Serbs, Croats and Bosnians that is characterized as the bloodiest event in Europe since World War II. Approximately 100,000 people died, a large number of them civilians, and horrific war crimes were rampant.
Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and his soldiers attempted to ethnically cleanse parts of the former Yugoslavia of Croats, Bosnians and Muslims, with the aim of creating what Milosevic called “The Greater Serbia.” When NATO finally intervened with airstrikes in 1995, opposing parties were forced to come to the table. The Dayton Peace Accords were signed on Dec. 14, 1995, officially ending the war.
Now, almost 2 decades since the end of the war, Croatia is well established as a safe, independent and tourist-friendly country. With a strong economy and stable government, Croatia joined the European Union in the middle of 2013. [source]
A sailing school as we were pulling in to port!
And for those lovers of “Game of Thrones”…it indeed was filmed in this area!
Ships in port!
Arid and dry, mountains in the distance.
Our tour was out to the Krka National Park, a sight known for its many waterfalls and beautiful fish swam in crystal clear water. Our guide was giving us the layout of the land with the map of wooden “boardwalk” walking trails:
Stay on the trails and don’t get lost!
Back on the bus time is 4:30! Don’t be late!
This was a beautiful spot, and the challenge was to get shots without a lot of people in front of you. If it looks peaceful and serene, it’s because there was a break in the people. By the time we got to the main waterfall and swimming area, it was wall to wall!
And she said we were lucky it was a LIGHT day as far as crowds go – Wednesday. Midweek. I’m glad it wasn’t more crowded!
There are many stone buildings on site, this place was used as a mill town for grinding grain due to the natural flow of the water feeding many mills. It was fun touring those as well!
There was so much more of Croatia to discover, but this was a fairly short day in port and this excursion took up all of our time. I’ll have to come back to see what else there is to see! Next time, Croatia!
Yesterday was our last workshop day at sea, and there are photos of that coming up. Today we are in the Amalfi Coast region. We’ve booked a tour that will take us to Capri by boat. So excited!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Just in case you were wondering, yes, the world DOES need that one of a kind you that you are!
Vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top from my collection.