So Dan left us this morning. His alarm went off at 5 am, and he was out the door by 5:15. We woke up and said our goodbyes and then went back to sleep. Toure picked us up 10 to start our day's tour of the city. Since the day before was a lot of walking, we started later in the morning and drove around the rest of the city. We started with a drive to the upper town. It was the wealthy area of the new town. We drove around all the homes of the ambassadors to Croatia. The homes were incredible and one definitely wants a job as an ambassador to Croatia! There were many neighborhoods that had beautiful architecture and it was quite hilly. Our first stop was at the town cemetery. It was massive. This cemetery never seemed to stop. We started down the walkway and saw the tombs of many famous Croatians. We then continued through the older part. Families are buried together in the plots and the tombs can be elaborate and ornate, or just very conservative. We continued to walk through to the newer area and viewed the graves of the soldiers killed during
the war from 1991-96. The last part of the cemetery we saw was the more recent famous, important Croatians. There were politicians, artists, writers and their most beloved citizen, a professional basketball player Drazen Petrovich. The anniversary of his death is June 7th. He died in a car accident in the 90s. Toure even mentioned how most Croatians know where they were when they found out he died.
After the cemetery we went back to the upper part of town and took a funicular, or what we like to call cable car up a hill. There was another part of town that included the parliament, some museums and legislature buildings. Of course there was another church and the oldest high school in Croatia or maybe Europe. We can't remember. We made our way back to the main area with all the bars/restaurants/shops. Toure showed us a cool experiment that a professor set up all through Zagreb. He took the sun and then placed all the planets throughout the city based on the actual distance and size of the solar system. The sizes are based off a 4 foot in diameter metal Sun. We found Earth and Venus. We had
a final drink with Toure and then he left us for the rest of the afternoon.
After another drink we found something that we had been searching for, for a while: Thai massage place. We walked in and inquired if we could get a massage right then, and victory! We both could get one. We ended up with a combination Thai and oil massage, and it was glorious. It was part stretching and regular massage and both of us agreed it was money well spent. At the end the owner was there and started talking to us. He said he used to do massage for the US men's water polo team or for a few of the players. We can't remember because then he started talking about how one of the players invited him to Mexico for his wedding and blah, blah, tequila . . . we got lost in his story. Either way, great massage!!!
We decided to have an early dinner and then we were going to walk through the botanic gardens. Dinner happened, and then it started pouring! It is the first time we have been rained on, so we can't complain. We tried waiting
out the rain, so we of course had dessert, but still it kept raining. We ubered back to the hotel instead! Over all it was another good day!
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