Took a walk around the town of brezice. Visited inside the castle and then walked the main street. Stopped off at a local bakery and tried a cherry pastry... Was good. I am going to miss the bakeries of Europe. The croatia bakeries are very tasty. Walked back to the hostel, checked out and then drove across the boarder back to Zagreb. I am now a driving machine.... Drove through 5 lanes of traffic, on the other side of the road, roundabouts, trams that are kamikaze, drivers that like to do twice the speed and having to negative by myself. Finally found parking. Then had to ask a local how you pay for the parking. It turns out that you send a text message with your license plate to a number every hour you want parking. Walked into the old town. Stopped at a few shops along the way. Walked up to the cathedral. It has a large wall around it built during the ottoman threat. Then wondered along the streets past the large market... Made my way to the iron gate into the walled part of the city. Stopped at walk around st marks church. The church has a fantastic mosaic tiled roof with an image of the shield of Croatia. The government buildings of Croatia are also located are the churches square. I think that an important announcement was due to take place as a lot of media were waiting around. Walked into the museum and had a quick look at the exhibition on the war of the 90s in this area. I am going to try and read more on the modern history of the Balkans as it is very interesting.
Walked to the cable car but decided to walk the steps down as it wasn't far. Walked back along looking around the shops and tried some local spice cookies. Back to the car mid afternoon and drove out of the cities towards the plitvice lakes national park. I had looked up a couple of accommodation choices and found there is a lot of private rooms in the small villages leading to the park. Drove for a couple of hours till I reached the village of grabovac. I found a room downstairs with a local family. Went for a drive to a local watermill... But when I got there was no water. It was a bit of a disappointment. Headed back to the house and rested as am still feeling unwell. Walked to a local restaurant for dinner. Enjoyed a meat pattie and vegetables for dinner with this delicious capsicum paste. Returned to room for an early night.