Plitvice is one of Europe's most spectacular natural wonders. Lush valleys and terraced lakes are laced together with waterfalls and walking paths. It is a fantastically beautiful land and it only took us 3 attempts to get there. Our first attempt was thwarted when our packed car blew an important engine part stranding us one mile into our journey. On our second attempt we were turned back at the border because I had forgotten my passport--you can imagine my dismay and Bob's frustration! So, with only one month to go before leaving Germany, we made the trip to the Plitvice Lakes our last European family vacation.