Some places on earth are so beautiful, they need to be seen to be believed. Croatia is one of those places.
I traveled through that gorgeous country this past week with a friend from Australia; even she, from the land of jaw-droppingly beautiful landscape, couldn’t believe her eyes at times. It isn’t just the brooding stone mountains with dark conifers flowing down the sides or the transparently clear cobalt and emerald water or the deep blue skies with clouds low enough to snag on the mountain peaks or even the veils of thundering water pouring over the cliffside: it’s the clarity of all that beauty. It is precise and sharp and clear and clean. It sparkles and shimmers and glitters and glows. It is truly amazing.
I’m grateful I had the chance to see Croatia, even more so that I saw it with a friend. We drove roughly 1,000 miles; we walked approximately 65. We ate delicious food, talked to pleasant people, stayed in interesting places. We learned how Slovenia pays for its good roads. We discovered that GPS only gets you so far. We walked through the Škocjan Caves, over Lopud Island, up the Dinaric Alps. We ate fresh-from-the-Adriatic-Sea seafood in Trogir and Dubrovnik and Split – and, most excitingly, in the coastal town of Neum in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The world is a lovely place sometimes. I’m just glad I get to see it.