Photo Essay: Plitvice Lakes

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Plitvice is a national park in Croatia. It is located just a couple of hours outside the capital, Zagreb. Although Croatia is a small country, it packs a hefty punch. No place in the country is as stunning as Plitvice.

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The first thing you notice when going from Cairo to Croatia is the color green. I spent my whole day at Plitvice, convincing myself that what I was seeing was real. I wandered across the rickety wooden bridges, past the never-ending waterfalls that flowed between patches of mossy grass, and the streaming waters between the floating lakes. I was mesmerized d by hundreds of tiny waterfalls spilling into various pools throughout the park. One thing is for sure, Plitvice is a place beyond words. You don’t just visit the lakes; you experience them.

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Plitvice Lakes is a massive park. While the guides mention that a visitor can go through everything in about six hours, to fully experience the park, you actually need a couple of days to take your time and truly see and experience everything, and you want to experience everything.

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The hundreds of tiny waterfalls throughout the park are without a doubt the main highlight. The bright blue water flowing down the hillsides perfectly contrasts with the vivid green grass, giving the whole park an indescribable feeling – nirvana.

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The waters of Plitvice change colors. This is caused from a unique blend of minerals that come from the rocks and bacteria that come from the algae. Whatever the scientific reason is, it is beyond beautiful, and the whole park has a rich and pure feeling to it.

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Small fish swim everywhere in these floating pools while others playfully hang around the edge and follow you as you walk. Perhaps it is simply because they have become used to tourists feeding them, however, you lose that thought and allow yourself to be captured by a strong sense of peace and unity.

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The biggest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. Throughout the park, there are 16 blue-green lakes. Waterfalls flow from the natural dams connecting all the lakes together. It gives the impression that the lakes are floating above one another.

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Walking on these little ramps between floating lakes of crystal clear water that reflects everything perfectly, only adds to the overall magic of the place. I sat and watched row boats streaming through the glass as the sun began to drop below the horizon.

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Visiting Plitvice is like stepping into a whole other world and one that you will long remember. It is a wonder that should be on the top of your list when visiting this wonderful country, Croatia.

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