As it was raining we headed into Dolac's underground food market for some breakfast.
First stop was a bakery stand where we bought 'kifli' - a traditional Balkan yeast roll which is made into a crescent shape when rolled. It make look slightly like a croissant but it's made from plain, bread-like dough so is just like a roll and is often eaten for breakfast, topped with jam or honey.
Snacking on our rolls, we continued to explore the vast market and stocked up on raspberries and dried fruits / nuts for our upcoming bus journey.
We wandered around the shops, where I purchased some long-sought-after printed trousers, indulging my animal-print obsession once again!
After our shopping we headed to “Ivica i Marica” patisserie (translates to “Hansel & Gretel”) - even looking like a sweet house from the story. It serves a range of healthy cakes. We opted for a Medimurska gibanica (layers of tissue-thin layers of pastry with walnuts, cheese, poppy seeds, apples). Whilst we weren’t that keen, an opportunistic bird certainly was!
After our coffee-n-cake break we grabbed a delicious freshly barbecued corn-on-the-cob to fuel us onwards.
We caught a public bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park, winding through the countryside and uphill. This National Park ( www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr) has almost 20 hectares of tree-covered hills and 16 lakes, all connected by waterfalls and cascades, followed by wooden footbridges to connect the areas.
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By now it was wine o’clock so we happy opened a bottle of local rose to kick off the evening.