Sunshine in the Croatian Capital

Trip Start May 13, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Back to Hotel Paradise in Zagreb, and it certainly looked ever so slightly more like paradise than the last time we were here, thanks to a bit of sunshine. After checking back in, we went to catch the train into the city centre. Trying to buy tickets in Croatian was all a bit of an ordeal, but we got there in the end.

In Zags we were heading up to the top of town (according to Mum's trusty guidebook), which took us past a park with some random sculptures, and the central square, which had been taken over by a massive beer tent to mark Croatia's appearance in Euro 2008.

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After a sneaky ice cream (why is ice cream so good everywhere except England?!) we then went to catch the funicular railway, for novelty value more than anything else, I assume. And at the top there was indeed a nice little view over the city below.

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We were now in the old town, which featured all manner of cultural buildings being excitedly photographed by Japanese tourists - so of course I thought I should join in... Hence I don't really know what the first one is, but the second one is definately St Mark's Church, which bears the coat of arms of Zagreb (white castle on red background), and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia, on its roof. It was slightly obscured by renovations but still completely striking.

Zagreb Zagreb

Whilst in the old town, Mum wanted to go to The Croatian National Museum of Naive Art, which is a style of art "characterised by childlike simplicity". Some of the stuff I found to be rather good, and very different to the Dali Museum we went to last summer in Catalonia.

Zagreb Zagreb

Then we made our way out of the old town through The Stone Gate, past several wonderful statues which could have been anyone, but certainly could not go unphotographed.

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The Cathedral was also subject to a few renovations, but was in a similar impressive style to other European Cathedrals I've been to. The blue sky wasn't bad either.

Zagreb Zagreb

Before getting the train back to the hotel for dinner and a spot of football, we went for a little wander around the Botanical Gardens, and were slightly bemused when the entrance sign told us not to feed the turtles, assuming it was a wacky Croatian joke. But no! Over at the lakes there were loads of miniature turtles swimming around - they were so cute, I actually wanted one. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles :D

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mjudd on

You didn't mention the names of the artists whose works you displayed. Would love to know.



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