Lokrum - The Island of Love

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By the sweet/salt water lake.

In addition to a dense pine forrest.  Lokrum is rich in Mediterranian and sub-tropic vegetation, and because of extraordinary natural beauty it was declared a national park.  In the south-eastern part of Lokrum, amidst dense vetetation, is an old Benedictine monastery from the 12th centuary, which was abolished by the French occupation during the reign of Napoleon.   In 1859 the Archduke Maximilian of the House of Habsburg, the future Emperor of Mexico, converted the monastery into his summer residence. Reconstructed the monastery in Neo - Gothc style, and added a high tower.   After his death in Mexico (he was executed) in 1867) the monastery changed many owners.

Peacocks.
  One of the owners was the Austrian crownprins Rudolf.  Early in the 19th centuary the French had built Fort Royal on the highest peak of Lokrum, which now serves as a belvedere to many visitors.

On the island to day, there is a biologic institut, a museum for natur and history, and a museum for Ruder Boskovic.

Lokrum has a very unusual bird life with lots and lots of peacocks.  You can see them resting in the trees or walking around in the shaddow of the forrest.

There is not possible to stay over the night on Lokrum, but the island has a rather nice resturant, and of couse the peacocks walks around the tables.

From the old harbor it is only a 10 - 15 min trip by boat to Lokrum.  Lokrum has no sand beach, just cliffs, but it is easy to reach the water for a swim.  On the island there is a salt/sweet water lake called " The Death Sea", here children have their paradise.  On the eastern side of Lokrum the nude has their own areas.  You are not allowed in these areas with clothes on.

If you go hill climbing on Loktum you will have a beatiful view over the landskape.  The former wariors know where to place a fort.  You will be surpriced to see some of the parts the fort.  But even soldiers have to let out some of what he has put in.  Ok, in an other form of couse.

 

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By the sweet/salt water lake.
By the sweet/salt water lake.
Peacocks.
Peacocks.
Peecocks by the resturant
Peecocks by the resturant
The west side of Lokrum.
The west side of Lokrum.
The top spot of Lokrum.
The top spot of Lokrum.
What comes in, must go out.........
What comes in, must go out.........
OHHhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
OHHhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Can you give me some paper pleas?
Can you give me some paper pleas?
Ok,`that is what friends are for.
Ok,`that is what friends are for.
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