Straw Land Art Festival in Croatia (Picture Gallery)

The 6th Straw Land Art Festival was recently held near the village of Lug, on a crop field near the nature park Kopacki rit, in Baranja region, north east Croatia.

It’s an annual international event aimed to promote straw sculpting and land art. To summit up – sorta like Burning Man made with straws.

Here are some of the bizarre sculptures from this year’s and past events.

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Straw Sculptures - Slama Land Art FestivalStraw Sculptures - Slama Land Art Festival

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Straw Sculptures - Slama Land Art FestivalStraw Sculptures - Slama Land Art Festival

Straw Sculptures - Slama Land Art FestivalStraw Sculptures - Slama Land Art Festival

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11 Places All "Game Of Thrones" Fans Need To Visit

Game of Thrones may not be real, but many of the beautiful locations where the series is filmed are. Travel by dragon still not an option, though.

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik is a walled city right on the Adriatic Sea in the southern part of Croatia. It is one of the best tourist destinations of the Mediterranean for its unique architecture, seaside charm, and heritage. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The city’s aura also makes it the perfect place to film for King’s Landing. At least when you go you don’t have to worry about Joffrey.

2. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

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Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier and this national park encompasses large parts of it. The Vatnajökull Region is well known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. This large glacier was the perfect place for filming scenes north of the wall. Beware of White Walkers.

3. Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland

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Tollymore Forest Park is located in Bryansford near the town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland. The park offers mountainous views and seascapes, not to mention several trails. It’s also a great place to pull an Arya and pretend you’re traveling home to Winterfell.

4. Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland

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Doune Castle was built near the end of the 1300s for the Duke of Albany. It still stands, well preserved, today. Doune Castle was perfect for depicting Winterfell. Just beware, because winter is coming.

5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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The Dark Hedges is a very well-known tree tunnel near Armoy in Northern Ireland. The stretch of beech trees has been around for over 200 years and still stands today. It’s known for being a tad creepy with several legends about hauntings. So naturally, it was a natural choice for shots in this dark series.

6. Mourne Mountains, Ireland

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The Mourne Mountains, located in County Down in Northern Ireland, is a range of granite mountains and astounding natural beauty. Some of Ireland’s tallest mountains are part of the Mournes. It’s also a wonderful area to pretend you’re on your way to Vaes Dothrak.

7. Mdina, Malta

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Mdina is an ancient city filled with rich history and culture. It’s known for being the home to the Apostle St. Paul after he shipwrecked on the islands over 4,000 years ago. Since then, it has served as the home for some of Malta’s most noble families. But more importantly, it has served as the Great Sept of Baelor.

8. Split, Croatia

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Split rests on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The city is centered on the structure of an ancient Roman palace. The city is over 1,700 years old. With a delightful mix of culture and similar oceanside views to the one that the Mother of Dragons herself looked upon, Split is a must-see.

9. Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira lies on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. A beach town with a relaxing atmosphere, this town is a hidden gem. There are markets and beaches galore. And with beaches come magnificent seafood. And, of course, it’s also a great Astapor.

10. Island of Gozo, Malta

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The Island of Gozo is known for its beauty and mystical charm. Gozo is also considered to be the actual Calypso Isle from Homer’s Odyssey. It’s the perfect place for diving, exploring, and adventure of all kind. Or to build a camp after being exiled from your former Dothraki tribe. Whatever you’re into.

11. Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland

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Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland…where you too can make whoopee like a wildling! Grjótagjá is a small cave in the Lake Mývatn area. For years, its thermal water was a tourist attraction for many. Since then, the water has since become too hot for visitors. However, this cave is still one of the world’s greatest natural beauties.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/laraparker/places-all-game-of-thrones-fans-need-to-visit

A Sublime Autumn Timelapse Through Croatia and Slovenia

Photographer Enrique Pacheco travelled through Croatia and Slovenia this past Autumn, capturing thousands of stunning photos of each country’s breathtaking natural beauty.

He compiled the photos into the timelapse above in what he called, The Harmony of Fall. Full-screen, HD and enjoy :)

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/autumn-timelapse-of-croatia-and-slovenia-by-enrique-pacheco/

Out of Control Yacht Washes up on Croatian Beach (Video)

During a storm in Komi┼ża, on Croatia’s island of Vis, an Italian-owned yacht got untied from a dock and ended up stranded on a local beach. No one was on the yacht during the accident. The grounding was caught on camera by a bystander. Things get somewhat dramatic towards the end of the video:

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11 Reasons You Should Visit Croatia Immediately

Good luck concentrating on anything else.

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Croatia, situated on the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. With its unique location, deep cultural roots, and incredible history… it’s a must-see.

1. The Turquoise Water

The Turquoise Water

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The Croatian coast is absolutely astounding. There’s no shortage of beaches to take your breath away. The water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. And Croatia has thousands of islands and islets.

2. The History

The History

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Several Stone Age sites have been discovered all over the country along with numerous caves containing hand made objects from people alive centuries ago. Most towns have historical centers with typical Croatian architecture, a must-see.

3. The Food

The Food

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Croatian food is a delectable combination of classic Mediterranean and Italian flavor with a new-world twist. And Croatia is known for its impeccable wine selection. The country’s climate is perfect for vineyards, and there are many.

4. The Culture

The Culture

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A modern country with modern features, yet Croatia embraces a laid-back vibe. You can experience the best of both worlds: a fast-paced city atmosphere with the ambiance of a relaxed coastal town.

5. The Climate

The Climate

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Croatia has a Mediterranean climate, which means mild winters and gorgeous spring and summer seasons. The average of sunshine hours is 2,600 per year. That makes Croatia one of the sunniest regions on the Mediterranean basin.

6. The Nature

The Nature

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The beautiful Adriatic Sea, the spectacular beaches, and the mountainous ranges give visitors a myriad of sights to fill them with awe. And of course Croatia is home to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a great example of nature’s beauty.

7. The Sailing

The Sailing

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Sailing is one of the best ways to see Croatia. You can charter a boat for a day and explore the coastal islands and archipelagos. Sailing is a favorite, and very common, pastime of Croatians.

8. The Price

The Price

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Croatian prices are surprisingly reasonable — especially when compared to nearby European countries. It’s standard in Croatia to offer rational pricing to tourists. You can enjoy a full meal in a beautiful restaurant by the sea for around 10 euros.

9. The Nudists

The Nudists

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Croatia was the first country in Europe to introduce the idea of commercial naturist (nudist) resorts. More than 1 million naturists flock to Croatia each year.

10. The Lighthouses

The Lighthouses

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Croatia has several lighthouses spread around the country. Many of them can be found situated upon deserted coastlines or on small islands in the open sea. Visiting the lighthouses is a great way to experience this part of the country’s history.

11. The Sunsets

The Sunsets

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Consider us enamored.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/laraparker/reasons-you-need-to-visit-croatia-immediately

When Waves Crash Upon This Boardwalk, Something Absolutely Magical Happens

Traveling to the Adriatic Sea and walking along its beautiful waters is already a majestic experience on its own. The blissful scenery makes for a perfect stroll. However, of all the coasts you can enjoy the view from, we suggest this one in Zadar, Croatia, where you’ll be in for an even more magical treat.

A series of small holes and tubes in the boardwalk create a gorgeous melody with each ebb and flow of the waves. It’s a truly unique tourist experience.

It’s amazing how you’ll never hear the same tune twice. All the more reason to visit more than once!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/musical-waves/