Visit to Relatives in Rakov Potok, Hrvatska

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August 15th 2005
Published: January 4th 2020
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Ljiljana on left, Franjo on right
Long ago there were two brothers living in a farm at Garasici or Falascak. First was my grandpaw who moved to the Eastern USA. The second stayed in Hrvatska and established a nice family farm in Ratov Potok. The grandson of the second brother is Franjo, the patriarch of the Garasic clan. (Most of my relatives in the old country spell their name Garasich.)

I was met at the bus station in Zagreb by Ljiliana (a direct relative from just outside of the clan) who spoke English and translated my emails & organized my clan for my visit) and we had a nice walk in Zagreb. After a while she drove me to the family farm in Rakov Potoc. Though few there spoke any English (and I speak zero Croatian), I received a very warm welcome from my good relatives.

Soon it was time for lunch. It is family tradition to eat well while visiting. I had a large munch there with very good farm raised food!

Later the clan leader (Franjo) gave me some "very large apples" that were really large good nectarines; and I had another good munch. I toured the family farm with other members of the clan. An hour later while sitting on a table in front of the farm house; the Franjo set a large paper bag of the very good large nectarines on the table for me and others to munch.

Later that afternoon some of us rode to a nice view overlooking the farmland and the forested mountains. We returned back to the family farm for a good dinner. Thus ended my first day in beautiful Hrvatska. What good things to happen in the next few days was far better then I expected.

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Franjo on right, grandson Matthew on left

7th January 2020

Great blog
Nice place! I am glad you visit your family and you had a positive impression of the Balkans.
10th January 2020

Rakov Potok, Hrvatska
Thanks Sandra. That was a "once in a lifetime" chance for me and it was wonderful.

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