After two days of working out in Plitvice, we headed to our final destination in Croatia; Dubrovnik. This was also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We took a bus to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and the airport was deserted that it was really hard to believe!.
The heat in Dubrovnik was especially intense during our visit in summer. Unfortunately it was easy to get headaches if one is not used to the heat (i.e youknowwho); thankfully there were delicious cooling ice creams sold almost everywhere especially at the main street; Brsalje Street.
I couldn’t find out a lot of the names of the buildings, but their ancient look made the city look almost rustic. We walked around the city; it was a lot smaller than expected so we kept going about in the same place. The second afternoon, after a cable car ride, we took a boat ride to a nearby beach and dipped for a couple of hours. The water was crystal clear as the seabed was made of rocks instead of the usual sand. On the final day, we climbed the city wall. We managed to use our student discount though our student card had expired for a week and counting.
The sea view from the boat ride and the beach:
Although it was really hot (scorching hot) and I gott a few shades tanner at the end of the trip, the beauty of the waterfalls and lakes in Plitvice as well as the seaview in Dubrovnik certainly made this trip worthwhile. We took a lot of scenic pictures but failed to remember to get a group picture in my camera.
For those who are thinking about a trip to Croatia in summer, the important thing: sunblock. sunblock. sunblock. SUNBLOCK.
In less than 24 hours upon arrival in Manchester (a story for another day), I took the bus down to Liverpool for a flight to Croatia. This was our final trip together as students, our ultimate graduation trip. We started off in Zadar, then Plitvice Lakes National Park and finally Dubrovnik.
A recap of Croatia:
Day 1: Zadar
Upon arrival at Zadar airport, we were split into two groups of six and transported to two separate accommodations. I had no clue which one we were going, but it was quite a long ride as the airport is located outside the city walls of Zadar. As soon as I got out of the car, I bang into a fire hydrant; what a way to start the trip.
I had fallen sick a week ago, and was still feeling a little jetlag from the previous trip; I had several nose bleeds in the first couple of days. There were some attractions in Zadar (pictured below). We walked about and climbed the bell tower. The attraction I like most was the Sea organ and sunset at the “Greeting to the Sun” circle. The sea organ plays beautiful music by waves and tubes located underneath the set of marble steps.
Something happened during the bus ride to Plitvice that made me a half wet blanket for the rest of the trip. I sincerely apologise for this. I’m not usually the one who offers explanation but if anyone wants to know what really happen in Croatia, I am ready to talk about it (limited to Manchester Circus only oops!).
Day 2 & 3: Plitvice Lake National Park
We reached our accommodation slightly earlier than the check-in period, but did not inform the owner in advance. The landlady was quite annoyed (and rude), but let us put our bags in our rooms at the end. After settling down, we set foot to the national park.
Plitvice, a UNESCO heritage, is famous for the lakes and waterfalls. The first day, we walked around the lakes and we were all close together so we followed the same route. On the second day, we set foot to see majestic waterfalls! We split up and walked at different paces; I was taking a lot of pictures so I was quite left behind.. unfortunately.
The view was breathtaking, wasn’t it? I had the weirdest fascination for insects and the most unique insect I saw was the electric blue dragonfly!
Eiffel Tower. Lourve museum. Notre-dame Cathedral. Sacré-Coeur. Champs-Elysées. La Defense. Orsay Museum. Arc de Triomphe. These are some of the popular landmarks we immediately thought of when someone mentioned “Paris”.
Paris is beautiful. The thing about Paris is even if you see the same monuments all over again, you never get tired. At least not for me.
I returned to Paris for the second time after 2 years. On the first day I arrived, I had the whole day planned out in the train, from the place of attractions to the breakdown of time and public transportation used. It wasn’t until two of my friends who were already in Paris texted if I wanted to join for lunch before I realised; I forgot to slot in time for lunch.. and dinner. Too excited perhaps? 😆
Lunch at Benoit was awesome; especially the escargots. This restaurant offered a lot of complimentary starters and desserts – good stuff. In the spirit of trying something new, I ordered a dessert “Armagnac Savarin” which is a fancy term for alcohol-infused bread. Not a wise choice, definitely.
After lunch, we walked about to see several landmarks as pictured below. I didn’t manage to climb the basilica Sacré-Coeur on the last day as I decided that shopping for a friend (and myself haha!) was more important.
This was the day we went into several shops along Champs-Elysées, from bags to watches to jewelries . Service was nice in most shops, even though we did not get anything in the end. The three of us had dinner at a different restaurant, with more escargots and frog legs. We ended the night early as we were heading to Disneyland the following day!
The most significant addition to this trip compared to the last was seeing the famous Mona Lisa painting. On the final day, J and I queued up as early as 8.30 am at the Lourve museum. It was free entry for students *glees* with a valid student card. We were provided with a brochure of the layout of Lourve museum. Believe me, it was a lot bigger than I anticipated. The first stop was no doubt; Mona Lisa. Unfortunately for me, it was a lot smaller than I expected (i was expecting to find a poster size painting silly me!) and protected by the glass. #potongstim While we were at the museum, we went around to have a look at several other famous statues and paintings. After an hour and a half, we decided that it was more than enough.
After that, I parted ways with J and lingered around at the Tuleries garden in front of the museum. From where I was sitting, I was drawn to the Eiffel tower and the attractions on the way. So I went to Eiffel tower, yet again! At the tower, I met another fellow Malaysian who was on her own solo trip – how awesome was that! We were dodging a lot of people who pretended to ask for donations.
At the end of the trip, there was a failure to communicate. As I was staying in a separate accommodation, I took the bus to the train station by myself. Upon arrival, there was an escalator on the left and platforms right in front of the main door. Because there was so many posters, signs and flower pots here and there, I mistakenly assumed that we had to go up the escalator, and down to the platforms (when in fact, the platform was a straight path from the main door). My friends called and called and each time i answered: “I am almost there.” thinking that I would meet them after going up an escalator and down a different one.
When in fact, the escalator led to the check in area for the international train back to London. I reached the lounge at 6pm for a 6.15 pm.. and realised that awful mistake I made – there was no way down to the platform where my friends were waiting, and worse; they had not checked in yet. Luckily, none of us missed the train. I could tell by their facial expressions that they were annoyed even after I apologised, but sometimes, mistakes were made to teach us a lesson.