I INVITE YOU ONCE MORE ON VIRTUAL TRAVEL TO DALMATIA, Croatia

Croatian town Karin on Karin Sea

Does paradise exist? Oh, yes, we can find it everywere around us, I have found it in so many places in my country. With big pleasure I will share with you some more pictures of Croatia.

In this Hub i will lead you to visit 2 nice places close to area where I live: little town Karin in Karin sea, and in the second part of this article, go with me to  visit one interesting peak of biggest Croatian mountain Velebit, called TULOVE GREDE.

Karin sea is almost completely closed sea gulf with special climate, nearby the mountain Velebit, 20 minutes drive from city of Zadar, which look completely different then the rest of the Adriatic coast. All area is soft and green, with few green rivers which flow into the Karin sea...

I took te pics of small town Karin and river Karishnica. Karin is touristic place, which was inhabited from the ancient times. This old church of st. Mary and st. Francis monastery (from 15. century) were completely destroyed in the recent war in my country ...They are renewated few years ago and I am very proud because my boyfriend did the project of that renovation...Now they look completely the same as before.

Monastery and church from 15.ct in Karin
Monastery and church from 15.ct in Karin
Olive trees next to the river Karishnica on the land which belongs to the  monastery
Olive trees next to the river Karishnica on the land which belongs to the monastery
So clean azur river Karishnica
So clean azur river Karishnica
Green river Karishnica
Green river Karishnica
Peacefull flow of the river Karishnica
Peacefull flow of the river Karishnica

Traditional Croatian music and pics of Croatia

Tulove Grede - mt. Velebit

Now we will go a little bit in the mountains.

Mountain Velebit is Croatian sacred mountain, the biggest one and the wildest one. which stretches above the Adriatic see, protecting this part of country from the influence of continental climate.

Tulove grede (Tulo’s Rafters) isone very interesting and so often visited part of the mountain Velebit. Up to this peak leads old road build in the time while Croatia was under rule of Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1832, so it is possible to come there by the car (very slowly) or by the motorbike (even more slowly and not too recommended, say my experience).

Tulo´s Rafters are conglomerate of dignified white limestone cliffs which Mother Nature shaped with special attention and love, in various heights and shapes.

Due to the road, this place is often visited from people around the world, who respect enjoying the quiet moments in connection with nature.

So use your imagination and sit with me on the motorbike and let`s drive to this beautiful, legendary peak. Old legends about fairies and dragons residing there are still alive and very materialized in extraordinary shapes of the cliffs.

View on Tulo`s Rafters,Tulove Grede from the beginning of the road
View on Tulo`s Rafters,Tulove Grede from the beginning of the road
Beautiful view on hills and valleys on the way up
Beautiful view on hills and valleys on the way up
This old tree still has a little bit life and few green leafes - its soul is leaving this world on so dignified way!
This old tree still has a little bit life and few green leafes - its soul is leaving this world on so dignified way!
Ruin of the old traditional stone-house on the way to the top...
Ruin of the old traditional stone-house on the way to the top...
Whatever human hands create, must gone one day...nothing is here forever...
Whatever human hands create, must gone one day...nothing is here forever...
While old house becomes the ruin, mountains are mightier and stronger then ever. Nature alway winns!
While old house becomes the ruin, mountains are mightier and stronger then ever. Nature alway winns!
Croats like to build churches everywhere. This one is dedicated to st.Francis, built in 1832.
Croats like to build churches everywhere. This one is dedicated to st.Francis, built in 1832.
That´s me!
That´s me!

Tulove grede - at last!

This amazing place looks like most beautiful white crown which is consisted of many limestone pillars in various heights and shapes. When you come close you, just realize that these cliffs are alive, you see so many various faces and creatures which limestone shaped so you know you came to the sacred place where immortals reside. There are legends that there were living just dragons and fairies, and I swear that they are still there, mighty and dignified, spreading their wings above all area.

You enter there in the mystical land of wanders where you can hear only wind wispering the secret tales to your soul, while fairies play with your heart and dragons give you strength, courage and wisdom to create nice and dignified life.

If you view the pictures very carefully, in full size, you will be able to recognize creatures and faces which are shaped in limestone.

All photos are taken by Tatjana-Mihaela, 1 month ago.

Prints of my  other photos are on sale in my online gallery : http://tatianamichaela.redbubble.com . Please check them.

 

Tulove grede
Tulove grede
This stone looks like bird!
This stone looks like bird!
Do you see human face in this cliff?
Do you see human face in this cliff?
Shining soft grass is so inviting. Unfortunately, nobody goes up any more, since the war, because is a danger of landimines.
Shining soft grass is so inviting. Unfortunately, nobody goes up any more, since the war, because is a danger of landimines.

Romantic Croatian song translated on English

A little bit more romance....love song....

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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice pics!

Especially a couple that show you :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Many thanks ,Misha, for the compliments....and for the visit.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Hi Tatjana - I was having a beer with two Croatian friends in Qatar only last night. Both contractors in the gas plant. We were just saying that we must be crazy coming to the desert from beautiful countries like Croatia (and Scotland). Excellent photo set - it brought back memories of these landscapes.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, Paraglider, so happy to see you here.

Yes, you are right:  green Scotland and Croatia are much better choice then desert...

Hm, I used to love to travel abroad, but after I started to travel much more around my own country, my heart is on the right place,happy and fulfilled, despite all challenges life here has.

Many warm regards to you and to your friends!


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quicksand 7 years ago

Hi Tanja, I accept your invitation on this virtual tour! Those stone houses rock! Those rocks rock! Those pictures are fabulous. Thanks a lot indeed. :)


ralwus 7 years ago

Tatjana once again you have inspired me to dream and to converse with the wind! The pictures are so wonderful and the land looks so unspoiled by man, but it has been defiled by landmines as you say. That's so sad. Thanks you for this majical tour of your home.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Yes cutie that was a very magical tour , as ralwas stated and so refreshing and beautiful. There are many places left like this and is so good to share them...I could smell the air and feel the dragons soaring...:O) Hugs


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Thoroughly enjoyed this, those rocks looked amazing, felt like I could walk amongst them, brilliant photos.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, QS - yes Croatia is rock and roll country, he, he, he....at least we have rocks, ha, ha.

Thanks for the visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Heh, CC. nothing is perfect. It is not whole mountain spoiled with mines, only some parts of it. So hikers and visitors know the rules, where is sign of warning - we obey and do not walk around, we stay on path or on the road.

Altough I wanted so much to walk to the top...but my boyfriend convinced me not to.

I am so glad you liked the pictures, I took them with lot of love...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, G-Ma, many thanks for the visit. I am glad that you can sense the dragons, me to....

We all need to share beauties of the area where we live, people so often forget about magic of life which is everywhere...

Love and Hugs


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Hawkesdream - I am so glad you enjoyed the pics.

Many thanks for the visit....


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Once again absolutely beautiful! I could see the faces in the rocks even before I read the caption. I almost regret not going here when I had the opportunity...I chose instead to leave the military and practice peace instead of fighting wars.


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Steve Rensch 7 years ago

I had no idea Croatia is so beautiful. At the risk of sounding stupid, is it safe to go there?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Great pics and fine article. Thanks. The people who own the restaurant where I eat breakfast are from Zadar. And I have friends here in Orlando from Zagreb also.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Emohealer...You made the right desicion - thumbs up for you.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, Steve,

wise questions you asked. Roads and paths for hikers are completely safe.

It is not whole mountain spoiled with landmines, only some parts of it, where there was fighting. So hikers and visitors know the rules, where are signs of warning - we obey and do not walk around, we stay on the path or on the road...

Croatia is very, very beautiful.

Thanks for the visit, Steve.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, James, pictures are of main importance here, not the text. I just wrote very quickly few sentences...

Well, I am from Zagreb, and live in Zadar.

Give my regards to your friends.

Many thanks for the visit and comment, so glad you liked the pics...


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Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

Very beautiful and lovely hub!


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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Kako si Tatjana-Mihaela;

Wow, new picture new hair style I guess, long time no chat. How you doing? And how is your BF too. Is he behaving like a man now.........hahaha?

I am still busy but some times when I have time I try to answer for comments.

Nice hub but I don't want a virtual tour, I really want to visit Croatia in future.

Keep in touch some times if you miss me......hahaha.

I always love you bigger than the whole universe........


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much Raven, for the visit and support.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, Tony, I somehow knew that you will come here....so happy to see you again. I did miss you but I knew that you will come back.

Yes, I visited hairdresser so se shaped my hair a little bit different.

My bf now behaves great, so everything is fine...the both of us changed...The way how we transformed you can read in my Hub http://hubpages.com/relationships/love-triangle

How is your job and the rest of your life?

A lots of love....and a little bit more.....


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I was on my way out but I couldn't help but click on one more of your hubs to see these photos some more. So magnificent..such a wondrous place. Hmmm you gave me an idea Tatjana. I will be emailing you soon. Lots of love and light and gratitude for sharing this! :-)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

OK, Michelle, waiting with the big couriosity on your e-mail.

Lots of love to you as well.

I am so glad you liked the pics.


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lovemyself 7 years ago

Great place which I see again!

So beautifully!


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lovemyself 7 years ago

Great place which I see again!

So beautifully!


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lovemyself 7 years ago

Great place which I see again!

So beautifully!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you. LM, for the visit and comment.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Tatjana, another wonderful visit to your country. Thanks for the viewing.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, AIDY, for visit and comment...


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metaphysician 7 years ago

Thanks for the ride on your motorbike, Tatjana. There are simply beautiful, pure and undisturbed nature. I love the Tulove Grede, so artistic and .... can't figure out what words to describe it. Nature workings are just so incredible!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Did you take all of those pics Tatjana? They're all gorgeous. If you could, could you tell me what kind of camera you use? II'm considering on buying a new camera soon with a much bigger lense like a Canon EOS or a Nikon.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Yes, Dohn, I was takig all these pics, they would be even better but this was first time I used that camera. Canon, A560, 7.1. Mega pixels...nothing special....

I cannot use to big or too expensive camera because I take pictures in a little bit adventourus situations, f.E while hiking, so it is not wise to carry something what is too expensive---


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Metaphysician, I feel so well, when I read your compliments, I mus admit.

Thank you so much for your support, I am glad you like the pics and area when they were taken.


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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Kako si Tatjana;

Well what can I say it's same thing just a different day. I am glad you and your BF are happy ever after. Enjoy rest of your day.

Always love for you because you are a darling.......


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

He, he, he, Tony, you alredy put the comment on this Hub, that is the reason it looks to you the same,

a lots of love....


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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Hi Tatjana; Sorry I was talking about life because you asked me how are things with me.

Lots of love........


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Ha, ha, ha, now I understand, sorry.

Love to you as well....


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

My parents did a lot of world-traveling and visited your area in 1974. Of course it was part of "Yugoslavia" at that time, but the majority of their tour was in the most beautiful parts of Croatia, especially along the coast.

It was one of the most pleasant surprises of all of their tours. At that time, the country had not been open to Western tourists for long, and most Westerners did not know much about your land.

They spent time in Zagreb, Opatija, , Plitvice( with it's overwhelming beauty), then all the way down the coast including Split and Dobrovnick. They were surprised and delighted with all they saw and experienced.

 In later years Mom was very sad in recalling their wonderful experiences, when she saw the news accounts of the terrible damage done in the Serb/Croation war which destroyed so many famous and historic landmarks, as well as devastating the people of the region.

I always remember her stories about the people of the area whom she found to be most hospitable and friendly.  I know one thing they remembered was that the people greeted their tour with a feast  at most stops which was almost always cooked on a spit over an open fire-- one sheep--one goat.

In my pitcher collection hub-- I have a picture of a small glass pitcher she brought from Croatia (Zagreb. I think.)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Rochelle,

thank you for your wonderfull comment.

There was many tourists from many western countries even in the time we were Yougoslavia, but the economy was better then, so there was a lot of domestic people as well, so the ratio of domestic people was higher.

The war was painfull experience, I worked for the United Nations protection forces then, and got informations that war was supported from foreign countries as well, because the aim of war was to destroy Yugoslavia and establish capitalism. This beautiful area is very intresting because of geopolitical reasons. A lot of factors created that confusion, by using unhealed animosity between some Serbs and some Croats from the time of Second World War (unhealed war traumas which was left as seeds of hate during the decades)...

I am so glad that you shared here great memories of your parents.... The war changed us a bit, capitalism as well, but we are still warm and open to the people from the rest of the world.

Thank you from all my heart.


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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Hi Tatjana; I published a new hub, I think it's very funny have a look.

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Hilarious-Videos


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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Your country is very beautiful.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Bbudoyouno, is really beautiful. People who live here are not fully aware that they actually live in paradise.

Thanks for the visit and comment.


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J Burgraff 7 years ago

I came across your hub while searching for hubs on Croatia as I recall my visit there in 2007 with great fondness. I have not visited your part of the country but hope to some day soon. All I can say is that I welcome more of your writing.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, JB. If you decide to visit this part of Croatia, I guarantee you you will be more then pleasantly surprised.


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aakashlaghari 6 years ago

nice u looking so great

i like u

interesting hubs

so great

nice


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Aakashlaghari.


dalmatia_croatia 6 years ago

Hi to all, I am new in hubepages. I really like Croatia and especially Dalmatia.

My favourite destinations with many photos and videous:

http://www.island-hvar.info/ - The island of Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

http://www.sibenik-croatia.info/ - One and only - Sibenik Riviera!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Such a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing. Love the music also.

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Tony, I am glad you liked it.

Peace and love from me as well.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thank you for another wonderful trip!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Micky, it is pleasure to travel with you.


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Chris Crow 6 years ago

It looks beautiful. Thanks for the virtual vacation.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Chris.


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ahorseback 6 years ago

This reminds me of the American west, beautiful.....


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hehe, Ahorseback, in the area of Mt. Velebit is filmed old american serial of Winnetou movies.


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yfguy 5 years ago from Mallorca

looks like you really love Croatia :) i was searching croatia through hubs and i found quite a lot written by you :) very great pictures.. and also their quality is wonderful... did you use a Nikon?:P


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hehe, yfguy, it is very logical and natural that I love my country. I used Cannon camera.

Thank you for visit and comment.


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marriedwithdebt 4 years ago from Illinois

I had no idea this existed. I've been to Split and Brac, and up the coast, but have missed out on Zadar, Trogir, etc.

Great hub. Voted up and shared.


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hhunterr 4 years ago from Highway 24

Very enjoyable. More would be even better!

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