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In September of 2017, we cycled and hiked in Croatia.

After years of people talking about the beauty of Croatia, we decided to see it ourselves. We began with a visit to the capital city of Zagreb. We met up with our friends, Sue & Bob, their cousins Kristi & Tony and Croatian natives, Vladka and Vel, who now live in Mountain View and were currently here visiting family. They kindly agreed to give us a walking tour of Old Town Zagreb.

Our cycling began with 14 others on a Cycling Croatia tour. We explored Plitvice Lakes National Park with its myriad waterfalls, Paklenica National Park and its beautiful coastline, and Krka National Park with its magical canyon. We cycled to the parks, then hiked around inside each one.

Croatia's extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the clarity of the water. It sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire. We cycled through the olive trees and ancient villages of the island of Brač before spending two days on the historic island of Hvar, one of the world's most beautiful islands. Then we climbed a mountain on the island of Korčula and descended with stunning views of the Pelješac Channel.

We ended the cycling trip with a extraordinary ride on the Pelješac Peninsula through vineyards on steep hills. The views were breathtaking the entire ride.

We spent the last three days of our vacation in the walled city of Dubrovnik, with its limestone streets, wonderful old stone buildings and narrow lanes. We had a fabulous time in Croatia, and were blessed with great weather the entire trip!

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ABOVE - 09/19 - Map of Croatia

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ABOVE - 09/20 - Arrival in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia

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ABOVE - 09/21 - Guided tour of Zagreb with natives Vladka and Vel

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ABOVE - 09/22 - Plitvice Lakes National Park, a water wonderland!

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ABOVE - 09/23 - Plitvice to Paklenica National Park to Vodice

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ABOVE - 09/24 - Vodice to Krka National Park to Split

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ABOVE - 09/25 - We cycled a loop around the island of Brač

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ABOVE - 09/26 - We cycled a loop on the mountainous island of Hvar

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ABOVE - 09/27 - Today, we cycled a loop on the other side of Hvar

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ABOVE - 09/28 - Cycling tour of the island of Korčula

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ABOVE - 09/29 - Last Cycling Day, Korčula to Dubrovnik on the Pelješac Peninsula

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ABOVE - 09/30 - We moved to our sobe in the center of Old Town Dubrovnik

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ABOVE - 10/01 - We walked the wall surrounding the old town and hiked up Mt. Srd

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ABOVE - 10/02 - We visited the churches in the old town of Dubrovnik. We've had

a fabulous vacation and are sad to have it end, but it will be good to be home.