A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a necklace of 16 turquoise alpine lakes encircling 3 mountains in the Dinaric Alps. As the insert from Wikipedia shows, it's almost at the tip of the Bosnia-Herzegovina arrowhead that cuts into the crescent called Croatia. (These lakes drain into the Korana river which separates Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina.) Croatia's first battle of its 1990 war of independence with the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army occurred here -- an all day battle that resulted in a death on each side. Things would get much worse.

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