Croatia – Zagreb

 

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We left Bodrum on a flight to Zagreb via Istanbul on 23rd May 2016. After a few days in Zagreb we would fly to Dubrovnik and then travel by bus to Kotor in Montenegro where we would stay for 5 nights before returning to Dubrovnik.

A drive of half an hour or so from Zagreb airport got us to Apartment Balling which is in an old  commercial building on the outskirts of the city centre. The building is far from pretty and there are liberal quantities of “street art “ in the area but the apartment itself is excellent being recently renovated to a high standard with high ceilings and an interesting mix of old traditional furniture and modern stuff. A large and very well kitted out kitchen make this a perfect place for people wanting to self cater. We loved it!

 

Our Zagreb apartment wasn't in the newest or prettiest of buildings
Our Zagreb apartment wasn’t in the newest or prettiest of buildings

 

but it was nicely converted with an interesting mix of old and new furniture
but it was nicely converted with an interesting mix of old and new furniture

 

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We were met at the apartment by the owner and within half an hour we were off out looking for somewhere for a drink. We went in the first bar we came to only a few hundred yards away an after one beer we were off to the supermarket to stock up on provisions.

We had 2 full days in Zagreb which has a very nice historic cathedral, full of lovely old architecture and the usual markets and European squares with open air restaurants and bars – all very attractive.

There are a number of museums in Zagreb but as museums are not ordinarily our cup of tea and those in Zagreb don’t get good reviews, we passed on these. However, we did allow ourselves, against our better judgement, to be talked into a walking tour around the city and whilst the tour Guide was mildly entertaining we didn’t really learn anything that we hadn’t already read in our Guide Books.

We found 2 days to be enough for Zagreb and we would not return unless in transit to somewhere else. Nevertheless we had a very pleasant time wandering around the city, its squares and botanical gardens (a tad disappointing) and enjoyed a couple of decent meals, one at Vinadol a highly rated local restaurant and very nice too and another at a very acceptable Indian Restaurant, the Royal India – our first curry in months! Otherwise, with breakfast taken in the apartment, our lunches were snacks bought from one of the countless excellent bakeries to be found in this and every other Croatian town we visited. Here are some photos :

Jelacic Square

 

The Square is always busy and has a great buzz to it.
The Square is always busy and has a great buzz to it.

 

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xxxxxx Cathedral.Ljke many Cathedrals , those is apparently permanently undergoing repairs
Cathedral of the Assumption. Like many Cathedrals, this one is apparently permanently undergoing repairs. The right hand tower is currently scaffolded but the scaffold is cleverly disguised, on this side at least, by a canvas with an image of the tower on it.

 

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St Marks Church
St Marks Church
The city is built on two levels and here there is a funicular railway going from one to the other - the distance from one to the other is so small it makes you wonder why they bothered....
The city is built on two levels and here there is a funicular railway going from one to the other – the height  from one to the other is so small it makes you wonder why they bothered….

 

Dolac Market - the main city centre been and fish market
Dolac Market – the main city centre green and fish market

 

One of the main bar streets - wall to wall drinkeries and eateries
One of the main bar streets – wall to wall drinkeries and eateries

 

The Croats are big beer drinkers.Kr
The Croats are big beer drinkers. Ozujsko and Karlovacko are the the most common/popular beers and whilst there is some craft beer around, its not that easy to find.

 

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The impressive Esplanade Hotel
The impressive Esplanade Hotel

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Zagreb Art Pavilion
Zagreb Art Pavilion

 

Next stop, via Dubrovnik, Kotor, Montenegro.

 

 

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