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DAYDREAMING ON THE CROW LAKE, Croatia, Dalmatia

Updated on April 24, 2010

My country is so beautiful that my hearth can only sing whenever I travel around Croatia. On Saturday I visited georgeous peacefull Crow Lake (Vrana Lake) which is situated in Dalmatia county , between towns Zadar and Sibenik. Vrana Lake is sorrunded by small hills from inner side and from another side, you can see tiny line of well indented coast and inviting misterious beauty of sparkling Adriatic sea with many charming islands.

Vrana Lake (Crow Lake) is the largest natural lake in Croatia, is protected as Park of the Nature and is also one of the almost intact natural habitats of waterbirds. Here lives 241 recorded bird species.

On one side you will see the Adriatic coast, famous for its inviting beauty and clean sea, and on the other side you will see the largest natural lake in Croatia.

Enjoy with me pictures of the view on Vrana Lake and Adriatic see from one of the small hills - Kamenjak (Stone Hill).

Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dalmatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dalmatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Dalmatia, Croatia
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Dalmatia, Croatia
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero
Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Dalmatia, Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Dalmatia, Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero
Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero
Shining Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela
Shining Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela
View on Island Murter, Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dlamlatia
View on Island Murter, Vrana lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dlamlatia
Vrana Lake, Croatia, Dalmatia, Vransko jezero
Vrana Lake, Croatia, Dalmatia, Vransko jezero

On the heel Kamenjak (Stone Hill) isĀ  2006. build church and house in traditional style (future restaurant).

Here you can take rest in total piece sorrunded just with sounds of the nature, songs of birds and seagulls, while enjoying extraordinary beauty of this romantic area.

Hill Kamenjak, traditional house and Catholic church
Hill Kamenjak, traditional house and Catholic church
Church on Hill Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Church on Hill Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Church in traditional style on Hill Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dalmatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Church in traditional style on Hill Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, Vransko jezero, Croatia, Dalmatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic

This church has one very spooky detail, it is build above the 57m (cca 170 feet) deep cave, where are found human bones - left from the World War II. Inside the church, you can see this cave protected by metal fence.

This church has one very spooky detail, it is build above the 57m (cca 170 feet) deep cave, where are found human bones - left from the World War II. Inside the church, you can see this cave protected by metal fence.
This church has one very spooky detail, it is build above the 57m (cca 170 feet) deep cave, where are found human bones - left from the World War II. Inside the church, you can see this cave protected by metal fence.
Traditional house build from stones (bunje) Vrana Lake, Kamenjak, Vransko jezero
Traditional house build from stones (bunje) Vrana Lake, Kamenjak, Vransko jezero
View from the hill Kamenjak nothern side, Vrana lake, Vransko jezero
View from the hill Kamenjak nothern side, Vrana lake, Vransko jezero

Old Roman Road

Up to the hill Kamenjak, leads at least 2000 years old Roman road.

ThisĀ area was inhabited 2000 years B.C, and old Roman roads are just parts of its rich history, wich secrets are hidden somewhere in the woods and silent stones.

2000y old Roman road, hill Kamenjak, Vransko jezero
2000y old Roman road, hill Kamenjak, Vransko jezero
Old Roman Road, Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela
Old Roman Road, Kamenjak, Vrana Lake, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela
View from the old Roman Road on hill Kamenjak, Vransko jezero, Vrana Lake
View from the old Roman Road on hill Kamenjak, Vransko jezero, Vrana Lake

Pics and traditional Croatian music from Dalmatia

Pics and traditional music from Dalmatia

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      sasa 

      5 years ago

      As young boy I fell in love with Croatia and I spent fortune traveling to Croatia every year since my love is not cheap. I bought property on small island of Solta (Sholta) for my daughter to enjoy life. I am working hard to buy another house on the mainland and finilly settle in this paradise. I hope this will come sooner than later because I cannot wait any more.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Tony, Croats adore to build churches so much, literally everywhere, that sometimes it seems that they are obsessed with them, LOL.

      Love and hugs

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Such wonderful pix! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your country and especially this lake with us. I loved the historical details too, that church over the cave is awesome!

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Vrana lake is really fantastic, thanks Micky.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Outrageously beautiful! Thank you Dear!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much, Greg, Croatia is really beautiful, especially Adriatic coast... here we have a lot of Roman ruins, so you would especially like it.

      Peace to you as well, thank you for visit and nice comment.

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      greg g zaino 

      8 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      tatjana, you have brought this wonderful place to life! believe me, if i visit your homeland, 'crow lake' will surely be on my agenda. i spent three years studying art in various parts of europe and left in 1993. i never passed on a chance at experiencing roman ruins. thank you for your kind words on my hub writing. peace in your soul tatjana...ciao! - greg z

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Donna!

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      donna bamford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Tatjana, you r country is indeed beautiful. I have been there and hope to go again. Also I have Bosnian and Croatian friends. I also enjoyed your poem. It is smple and beautiful. keep up the writing. Who knows. Maybe you will be Dalmatia's Shakespeare!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can already tell that each of your hubs is going to be a visual pleasure as well as learning something new about a part of the world that I have never seen. Love how you incorporate the rocks into the photos. And the people building homes and churches using the natural surrounding ingredients........nice! The famous architect from this part of the world (Frank Lloyd Wright) would have definitely approved! Thanks for another enjoyable hub.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Swaradila.

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      Swaradila Weesy 

      9 years ago from Cirebon, Indonesia

      I like watching some films on tv about fable of godes, and i think the places like on the films were not real. But your pics say they are really natural, beautiful, and inspiring. Whoa...can i visit there ? Hmmm....

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks for the visit Cris....and nice comment.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Tatjana

      I cannot blame you if your heart always breaks out in a song - that lake is such a natural wonder! And great pictures, too! Thanks for sharing :D

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Michelle, this area is great and really so peaceful and joyfull.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It is so breathtakingly beautiful and as I browsed through your photos I could feel peace stealing over my being. I like that a lot :-)

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi, AIDY, so glad to see you here.

      I wish people who are here become more aware that they actually live in paradise, I remind them whenever I can.

      I know that it is so inspirational area, especially for poets, painters, singers....Check my other Hubs about Croatia, I believe your soul will enjoy the pics.

      You are so kind - hugs and a lot of love to you.

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      Am I dead, yet? 

      9 years ago

      I would so love to visit there. I did not realize how beautiful it was there. I could write a thousand things if I were to live there. Thanks Tatjana (p.s. you are just beautiful and seem so very happy) -hugs-

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks for visit, Tom. We have 1432 islands in Croatian part of Adriatic Sea.

      Everyone is different - and so special.

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      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Your country is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the pics, Dolores. With music is everything better...

      Many regards.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Tatjana, thanks for sharing part of your wonderful country with all of us. Lake Vrana is incredibly beautiful. It's amazing, the old Roman Road, the history, and fantastic scenery. I played the music and had to go back and view your excellent photos again with the music playing which makes your pictures all the more beautiful.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Wow, Lovemyself, thanks for the nice words. Now I feel even more honored to live here.

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      lovemyself 

      9 years ago

      I think which I looked was the most beautful in my life!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks Trooper22....I can tell you miss this part of the world. Croatian Coast is really....something special.

      Thanks for the visit and so nice words!

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      trooper22 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I miss that region very much, and I long to return. I was in Macedonia most of the time I was in the Balkans and the 90's were not exactly a good time to be traveling in the region. Soon, I want to return, and travel along the Croatian Coast, as well as visit the friends that I made in the region. It is a beautiful, and ancient part of the world and a must see for anyone.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Wow, Cristoph, I was just visiting one old Hub of yours...without living comment, and here you are.

      Well, here are so many nice places to visit...if you come we will wander around together.

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Your country looks so beautiful. I would love to visit it some day and wander about here as you have shared with us! Thanks!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Great you are so well. So glad to hear that. Give big hugs to your kids from me.

      Enjoy the life!

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Oh, thank you Tanechka, I am quite well. :) Just pretty busy with the recent move to a new house aftermath, and preparation to travelling to Russia and Uzbekistan, to show kids to relatives :) At the same time I am trying to limit my time on HP, cause it si really a kind of addiction :)

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I hope you are well???

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      I am around - but not that active as I used to be. Missed you too - hence the visit :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi, Misha, where have you been??' I missed you!

      Thanks for the visit....and comment.

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Tanechka, breath taking views, love them. :) And love your new profile pic too - so cute :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks, Dotie, for you comment and visit...Croatia is land of more then 1000 islands, beautiful mountaines, valeys, rivers....it is full of varieties..Nature is also well preserved...outside the big cities, of course. Everyone who visits it falls in love with it.

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      I can see how one could fall into daydreaming being surrounded by such beauty as in your country.  Thanks Tatjana for bringing Croatia more to life on my side of the world.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks Dave, it will be more pics soon from one beautiful river and few from one beautiful mountain....soon.

      I adore taking nice pictures and sharing them with the rest of the world....

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      daveearley 

      9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Always nice to see such great pics from a place I may never actually see in person. Thanks for sharing Tatjana!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi, Emohealer, so glad you like it.

      This what you see is just small part of the wanders which are here. Nature created here true paradise and so many varieties that last years I do not have wish to travel abroad at all. They are so many new places to discover here....which can make my soul completely content.

      Love and Light...

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I am so glad you have liked it, TOF. Many thanks for your visit and positive energy.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks for so kind words, CC. When I will visit lake next time, will take photo of birds as well. There are special places for bird-watchers on the lake.

      It is so astonishing beauty here, that I can only be thankfull because I am honored to live here. Every part of country is completely different then the others and so special.

      Thank you again....

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks, Melshormecorner,I am so glad you have like it!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi, Hawkesdream, Croatia is full of surprises, and so special in all its parts - every part is different: we have the most beautiful part of Mediteranien see,  (only Greece can be compared to us) with more then 1000 islands - each one is different, big rocky mountains and many smaller softy ones, we have many beautifull rivers, valleys, 3 completely different climate zones...

      Here is really special.

      Many thanks for your visit.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Mary for the visit and kind words.

      Heh, you would love Croatia: here we have churches on every step!

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      The beauty, landscape and nature of Croatia is more breathtaking than I imagined. I especially loved the lake. I appreciate you sharing your beautiful home land, and some of its history and culture.

      Thank you for taking me on the peaceful journey with your pictures and videos. 

       Keep shining your light so brightly.. 

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      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      I think that ralwus has said it all. You live in a truly beautiful country Tatjana. Thank you for sharing it's wonders with us.

      Best wishes, TOF.

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      ralwus 

      9 years ago

      I love this dear. You are so fortunate to see such beauty. Loved the old church. Simply wonderful photography girl, stunning views and I would love to se all of those birds too. The most beautiful view here is the first, you sitting on the rocks, You are very gorgeous and the best of your surroundings. Very beautiful to behold!

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      Melinda Winner 

      9 years ago from Mississippi

      Beautiful country ! Thanks for sharing

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      Hawkesdream 

      9 years ago from Cornwall

      Croatia is not like I imagined at all, don't know what I thought , but you have given the insight , both visually and audibly , into a totally new world. Thank you so much.

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      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Tatjana: I enjoyed getting a peek at your side of the world, how beautiful! Loved the churches, not that I am religious, loved the structure, the stones-

      Love your new avatar!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks QS, the pics would be even better, but it was cloudy day...

      I would be also very happy in such stone-house, far from civilisation... only with Internet so I can contact with the rest of the world and all of my friends as you are.

      Thanks for visit and comment.

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      Hi Tanja, when I saw the title, I expected to see some great pictures, and I did! That "traditional house build from stones" is really fantastic.I would like to build one like that someday.

      Thank you very much for showing us that part of the world. :)

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