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Published: September 29th 2016
ZagrebDay 247 Wednesday 21st September 2016 – Zadar to Zagreb
Towers of the town
Early start, and out of bed and packing our bags. Shelley not happy about moving and I think she could just about nest in Zadar except the town is heading for winter and the first hint of cold and she would be out of here. Had breakfast at the café around the corner and then completed our packing and marched the twenty minutes to the bus station. Had to check out of our apartment before 10 and our bus wasn’t till 11.30 so we had a nice long wait for our bus.
The journey to Zagreb went without a hitch along an incredibly well built freeway with lots of bridges and tunnels, one of which was over 5 kilometres long. Got to Zagreb at 3.00pm and before leaving the bus station picked up our onward tickets for Wednesday. 15 minute walk to our apartment and then a 30 minute wait to the owner to turn up. Our new home is in a 100 year old building but the apartment is large and modern and a nice surprise. Dropped off our bags and
then walked to a nearby supermarket to pick up supplies for breakfast. Went looking for a beer and a feed and found dozens and dozens of bar/cafes that were cheap and inviting but found nothing in the way of food other than a dodgy Chinese restaurant and a kebab place. Walked for an hour before we discovered an Italian restaurant that gave us a decent feed before heading home for an early night. Day 248 Thursday 22nd September 2016 – Zagreb
This is a great apartment despite the jack hammering from the building next door starting at 7.00am. After breakfast we started on a long walk around the city to see some of the sights. The architecture around our apartment is quite heavy with the scrolls on the columns looking oversized almost somber, but as you walk on the buildings become prettier and lighter. We are only 10 minutes from the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary couldn’t they have just called it the Cathedral of Mary we know the rest. This is a Neo-Gothic style building and the inside has a vaulted ceiling that is
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary
painted blue with gold stars it is beautiful. Building of the first cathedral started about 1094 but the cathedrals here have been destroyed, rebuilt, damaged, fixed, destroyed and on it goes till what we have here and it is still in need of repair as you can see from the photos it has scaffold on one tower.
We walked onto Ban Jelacic Square and looked around the markets buying some Croatian donuts and getting icing sugar all over ourselves including my (Shelley’s) camera lens so if some of my photos look like it is snowing it is not true just a new way of photo shopping my pictures. Wandered around the streets and squares looking in shops and taking in the great café vibe of the place. Stopped at the Croatian National Theatre for a few photos and then slowly walked back to the apartment for a short break before going out for dinner.
Walked back in to the center of town and I have never seen so many cafes and bars in all my life, it would appear coffee and beer fuel this town, I might be in love with Zagreb. Food however
Another great mural
seems a bit elusive and it is sort of weird to us that most of the cafes do not offer any food other than ice cream and cake. Did end up getting a decent feed of Cevapi before heading home. We have suddenly hit Autumn with the night time temperatures hitting 6 degrees – it is a rude shock to the system. Day 249 Friday 23rd September 2016 – Zagreb
Just love our apartment and it is hard to leave it in the morning, maybe we are starting to crave our home again. Hit the streets and today we are heading towards the heights of Zagreb. The town has a lower and higher, with the higher being the older part of town, and of course to get there we took a funicular. It is such a short funicular that I think our Mums could actually climb the stairs quicker than it took us to go up in the thing, but for less than a dollar we just had to do it. At the top there are lots of small museums and Government buildings and the St Marks Church which
Front door and stone work on the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary
has the most amazing tiled roof in the world. No mistaking this church with coats of arms emblazoned on its roof and some great stonework around its doors.
One of the most popular museums up here and perhaps in the whole of Croatia is the “Museum of Broken Relationships”. It costs 30 Kunar to get in and I decided I could get better value from two beers at a bar so while Shelley checked it out I got my beers. Here is Shelley’s appraisal of the museum –
Museum of Broken Relationships was very interesting telling the stories of people from all over the world and their loss of love whether it be a lover, husband, wife or a parent with an item attached that reminded them of that person and had been of sentimental value during the course of that relationship. It is funny what we hold dear and then years later you look at it and think “what is that?”, in some of these cases it seemed like that, while others were more heart wrenching and in a way therapeutic in releasing the item that bound them to that person.
Great tiled roof
It was late afternoon by the time we walked down off the small hill and we found ourselves in a street full of restaurants. Couldn’t believe how over the last two nights we struggled to get a feed and then found dozens, perhaps a hundred restaurants along two pedestrian streets coming off the main square. We just looked at each other and went “how the hell did we miss this?” The place was a hive of activity and had an amazing vibe and it was hard to make a choice of where to eat. Like just about everywhere else in the world, Pizza, pasta and hamburger rule the menus and we did settle for a pizza but it was a bloody great pizza.
Staggered back late in the evening shivering in the mid-Autumn temperature of 6 degrees and prepared ourselves for leaving Zagreb. Now that we know where to get a good feed we have to say Zagreb is yet another fantastic town in Croatia, just love this city and country. Leaving Croatia tomorrow and realise that there is still so much to see here and wished we had another two or three weeks, we just
Yet another Funicular
have to come back. Zagreb doesn’t have the big ticket sites to see but if you are in the area come to this town as it is a great town to chill in.
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