“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
Before this trip began, I had my mind set on seeing Bled in Slovenia. The online pictures portrayed a lake with turquoise waters that surrounded a castle built on the rocks. A castle in the middle of a lake? Could anything beat that? The online pictures didn’t show the mass of people or the gong show surrounding the area. It was beautiful to see the majestic castle and church built on the lake but the crowds were a buzz kill.
This was a similar experience in the famous Plitvice National Park, Croatia. We made a serious detour to see the stunning waterfalls. I initially noticed a bus load of Japanese tourists with rolling suitcases on the side of the road. Maybe this should have been a sign but we parked because dammit, this place was on my bucket list.
We arrived at the ticket counter and it was a 25 Euros per person entry fee. I was a bit confused at why the price was so steep just to see some waterfalls. Well, apparently it’s massive so there’s an e-train and e-ferry to view the falls. This, along with the thousands of other tourists was the deciding factor to missing out on a beautiful natural phenomenon.
I realized that any extraordinary thing you want to see in Europe will be packed full of people. Along the journey we found beauty in things that were not yet on the map. I did find my waterfall along the way. I did stand alone next to an old castle
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