Croatia really impressed me. The people were welcoming, and the sights were amazing. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I do like to plan my trips to ensure the main sights are visited, but I also like time for exploring. Looking at a map, I thought the town of Novigrad, about 20 minutes north of Zadar, would be worth a visit. There wasn’t much there, but it was a picturesque little town. On the way there, we passed by this small church out on a small island in this bay. It was called Sv. Duh and was not in any tour book or Website I had read. We spent about 20 minutes here just taking in the beautiful weather, the mountains, and this beautiful, ancient and small church.
When in the Black Forest, you can really picture Grimm’s fairy tales taking place. The dense woods and mountains are beautiful, but at times foreboding. The Triberg Waterfall is one of the highest in Germany. (The town claims it is the highest, but that is disputed). The waterfall cascades 163 meters down rocks on the Gutach River, not far from the center of town. This accessibility makes it one of the most visited attractions in Germany. I love waterfalls and enjoyed the day trip to see it. The fact my parents were visiting probably also make me recall the day fondly.
What is it about water that is so relaxing? This photograph was taken during a walk along the promenade in Trieste, Italy in early June. It was crowded, yet peaceful. Most people were packing up after having spent the day on the beach, while some sat and enjoyed the last rays of the day. People were happy and relaxed. The sea has that effect. I feel this picture captures the peace I felt well.
As a child watching TV, I remember seeing people bathing by a waterfall in what looked like paradise and always wanting to visit. Of all the places I have been fortunate enough to travel to, I had never come across anything like what I had seen on TV. On a visit to Croatia this summer I found it! I have already posted a picture from Krka National Park and will repeat again that it is an amazing place. This waterfall, called Skrandinski Buk, came close to that paradise I saw on TV. And you can even go swimming by the waterfall (which I didn’t do).
After writing about the Alps in the previous posts, I decided to share a picture taken from a much smaller mountain on the other side of the Atlantic. I had been by the Delaware Water Gap a few times and had read about it, and wanted to go the top of the mountains on either side. Mt. Tammany is on the New Jersey side and reaches a height of 1,526 feet (465 m). The hike is fairly short and easy. In 2007 I made the trek to the top of Mt. Tammany and was treated with the spectacular view. Hopefully I will get to Mt. Minsi on the Pennsylvania side soon. With such a view of the vast landscape you realize how small you are. The feeling of smallness is both amazing and scary.