Neratva valley, Croatia

Flat and fertile. The Neretva River, I think begins in Bosnia and flows through Croatia to the sea. It's very picturesque, and a sharp contrast to the white karst barren hills along much of Croatia's coast.  

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 Lowlying wetlands in the valley. 

Lowlying wetlands in the valley. 

The valley of the Neretva is called the “valley of tangerines”, the soil of the valley is remarcably fertile and has a unique microclimate. A variety of fruit and vegetable grows here — potatoes, tomatoes, mustard, watermelons, tangerines, pomegranates and oranges. Every year, about 60,000 tonnes of tangerines are harvested in the valley of the Neretva.

 another reminder of the struggle of the early 1990's. So many deserted buildings. 

another reminder of the struggle of the early 1990's. So many deserted buildings. 

 another memorial, on the banks of the serene Neretva, near Bosnian border. 

another memorial, on the banks of the serene Neretva, near Bosnian border. 

 from WW2 which for many was called National Liberation War or People's Revolution. 

from WW2 which for many was called National Liberation War or People's Revolution. 

 often the villages have narrow streets so skip bins are on outskirts of town. These ones with the patterning on ends reminds me of the ancient Roman stones that are sometimes found along old Roman Road. 

often the villages have narrow streets so skip bins are on outskirts of town. These ones with the patterning on ends reminds me of the ancient Roman stones that are sometimes found along old Roman Road. 

 This is a problem 

This is a problem 

 grapes, and very easy to harvest. 

grapes, and very easy to harvest. 

 it's worth getting out on the road early to catch these reflections. You can see the road high on the hillside. 

it's worth getting out on the road early to catch these reflections. You can see the road high on the hillside. 

 This panorama probably doesn't do the valley justice. 

This panorama probably doesn't do the valley justice. 

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 too beautiful for words. 

too beautiful for words. 

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 Tiny chapel complete with bell and monument for offerings.  

Tiny chapel complete with bell and monument for offerings.  

 riding along the valley out of Croatia back into Bosnia. No passport check!! 

riding along the valley out of Croatia back into Bosnia. No passport check!! 

 over the hill and back into Croatia and the Mediteranean Coast where the Neretva silently flows out to sea. 

over the hill and back into Croatia and the Mediteranean Coast where the Neretva silently flows out to sea.