Monday, May 31, 2010

Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls Are Sick

That adjective pretty much described our feelings towards the falls after saying "Whoa!" for the third time in a row after seeing viewpoint after viewpoint of the impressive Big Waterfall (Veliki Slap), which was just one of several that we saw on this dreary and soggy rainy day. But not even the crappy weather could put a damper in how impressed we were with this waterfall as well as its numerous neighbors. And we acknowledge that we haven't even seen the Upper Lakes yet nor have we even seen the color and clarity of the lakes considering the dreary weather!

We can totally see this area as being a much bigger version (from a waterfalling standpoint) of the network of lakes and waterfalls of Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China.

Finally, I know we've caught a lot of flack about not having this network of waterfalls on our Top 10 Best Waterfalls List, but that was only because we hadn't seen it yet. But now that we've seen some of the falls, you can rest assured that we're already going to shake up our list once we get a chance to get home and work on it.

Man, Plitvice is SICK!


Rainy Memorial Day

It's currently raining (and raining pretty nonstop) in Zagreb, Croatia. It was fortunate that Julie and I toured the city (albeit briefly) late last night not taking anything for granted. For it rained pretty much after midnight and continued through this morning. Though it would've been nice to see a little more of the city before moving on.

The receptionist said this weather is very unusual (not sure if this is the ash cloud from Iceland or climate change). He said Plitvice (where we're going next) shouldn't be as bad, but it looks like the rain will be on and off. We'll just have to go there and see what happens next.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Last Night In Greece

We're currently spending our last night in Greece at Thessaloniki. Earlier today, we visited the Edessa Waterfalls, which were quite impressive. And like all things Greece, history is always around the corner or right where you stand even in things like waterfalls.

Tomorrow, we're headed to Croatia hopefully to have more waterfall sightings as we had waited over 10 days for our first one in Greece. Stay tuned...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Monasteries In The Sky

Currently, we're in Meteora, which is famous for cliffhanging monasteries providing very surreal gravity-defying photo opportunities. It's well over 34C up in these parts, which is more reminiscent of the desert heat we got back at home in the high and low deserts, but the monasteries provided much needed relief from the heat in their atmospheric tunnels and chambers.

There's definitely a religious theme in the couple of monasteries we went into (including the Great Meteora Monastery called "Megalo Meteora"), and if I didn't know any better, they somehow make me think of the Crusades.

We're currently taking a siesta as it seemed the locals here were doing in the late afternoon. So we took this as a cue to do likewise before heading back out in the late afternoon...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Athena

Since our last post, we've left Thira (Santorini) and returned to Athens (also known as Athena if you follow the Greek spelling and pronunciation).

This city has got quite a mix of the new and the old. It's both gritty (full of graffiti and even prostitutes) yet historical (you can't count how many historical ruins there are). We've spent the better part of 2 days touring sights like the Acropolis (of course), a couple of museums, other smaller historical sights (like the Agora, the Temple of Olympia Zeus, etc.), and strolled around some happening touristy spots like Plaka, Monastiraki, Psyrri, etc.

Tomorrow, it's time to hit the road again and begin our road trip north towards Macedonia hitting places like Delphi, Meteora, Mt Olympus, and eventually Edessa (the first waterfall excursion of the trip) before ending at Thessaloniki.

Personally, I'm already itching to see a waterfall on this trip, but it'll have to wait for a couple more days...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Greek Splendor

We're currently in Santorini. The scenery here is quite surreal. No waterfalls yet, but that's ok. Oia is as advertised, and we saw the sunset yesterday.

Earlier in the trip when we arrived, we drove to Ancient Olympia (in the rain) before checking out Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidavros.

The waterfalls won't come until a few days later in Edessa. But in the mean time, it's all about the history and the scenery.

More updates to come as internet becomes available.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AAA - Aegean, Adriatic, Alps

Tomorrow, Julie and I embark on a four-week journey in what I'm calling the AAA trip - namely Greece (Aegean), Croatia (Adriatic), and Switzerland (Alps). Once again, we're aiming to see waterfalls in these countries, but we're also seeking to experience Southern European culture and history, which is something that's unique for me (I've never been to Europe outside Scandinavia) and a bit of a different experience for Julie, who had been to Europe on a whirlwind tour with her Mom a few years back.

Now while all this is said, there is a bit of uncertainty going on with this trip (seems like it's always the case with our trips [e.g. Kenya election, Zimbabwe election, Thailand coup, etc.]). In this case, it's the Greek economy (with associated protests, closures, and riots), the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland affecting much of the flight schedules across Europe, and even a British Airways strike that forced us to re-book (at a higher price with rearranged itinerary) with another airline at the last minute.

What can I say? That's life, and you've gotta roll with the punches.

As usual, stay tuned to the blog for updates on our trip as internet access and time become available...

Waterfall of the Week


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Diaoshuilou Waterfall Revival


About this time last year, Julie and I visited the Diaoshuilou Waterfall only to be disappointed at how dry it was. I was always under the impression that late Summer or Autumn would've been a better time to visit the falls, but this recent article from Xinhua indicated otherwise...

Friday, May 14, 2010

US Waterfalls Pages Overhauled

It has been a couple of weeks since I've made a blog post so I decided to break the silence with this little bit of news.

I've finally reached a point where I could stop and report that the individual waterfall pages that are in the United States (on our website, of course) have been overhauled and updated to include more information, references, links, even corrections.

So far this has been about a month's worth of work, but I'm not done yet.

Throughout the Summer, the individual waterfalls for the rest of the world will get similar treatment.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Waterfall of the Week