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Wanderlust Wednesday - Croatia

I was very indecisive when it came to choosing a destination for this week's Wanderlust post. The first two were relatively easy -- I've always wanted to go to Greece and Italy, so choosing places in those countries was a given. And while there are many other places I want to visit someday and would love to write about, I wanted something a little...less predictable for this week. And I think I found it in Croatia.

I admittedly knew next to nothing about Croatia when I started this post. I'd never even thought about visiting this country until I saw these pictures:

How gorgeous is that? I was looking up images for my Santorini post and someone had written a list of a hundred places THEY wanted to visit. Plitvice Lakes was one of those places. And it's easy to see why. Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Plitvice plateau which is surrounded by three mountains. The sixteen lakes are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is a form of sedimentary rock, and are divided into upper and lower clusters. Ranging from vivid azure to slate gray to green and a thousand shades in between, the colors of these lakes are magnificent. The colors change constantly, depending on the angle of the sunlight and the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water. Hidden behind the countless waterfalls, there are various crags and limestone caves. This is truly a place of mystery and all-natural, breathtaking beauty.

The country of Croatia lies right across from Italy, separated by the Adriatic Sea, and is a diverse landscape, from lakes and plains to rolling hills. It seems like a guarantee that no matter where you go in this country, you'll find a view to salivate over.

For example, Mljet (pronounced Mil-yet) -- an island on the Southeast side of Croatia -- harbors yet another national park.

As does Paklenica.

And Brijuni.

The landscape of this country is so varied it'd be a challenge to find two similar locations. Mountains and lakes, trees and rivers, waterfalls and rock...Croatia has it all. I think you'd have to take an extended vacation to see everything this country has to offer. Wouldn't you agree?

Oh, and here's an interesting writerly fact: Some of the world's first fountain pens came from Croatia.

That wraps up this week's edition of Wanderlust Wednesday. I hope you guys enjoyed it! Any suggestions for next week?