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Zagreb and onto Slovenia

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We had passed Zagreb a few times before on our travels in previous years and had never ventured in as from the outside it never looked appealing but we are now more comfortable with tackling all that city traffic can throw at us, so decided we should make the effort to have a look. It was an easy drive in along wide roads with good traffic flow, we only made one wrong turn but that was easily remedied and we were soon back on track to our destination.
Our research showed a secure carpark near to the old part of town, with the possibility of staying overnight. Before long we were all parked up, and it was only 9.30 am, it was going to be a hot day so it was good to get an early start on our sightseeing. The friendly man at the parking place gave us some information of the rates he charged and their phone number with a small map outlining where we were in relation to some of the landmarks, in case we got lost.
Our first impression was of a modern clean city, Zagreb was much nicer than we had imagined, easy to drive in, easy to find a park and easy to find interesting things to see.

This is our first glimpse of the old part of Zagreb . This was only  a ten minute walk from the car part.

This is our first glimpse of the old part of Zagreb . This was only a ten minute walk from the car part.

Dancers and musicians entertained the crowd in the square.

Dancers and musicians entertained the crowd in the square.

Ewout with the market lady.This statue is at the entrance to the market which still exists.

Ewout with the market lady.This statue is at the entrance to the market which still exists.

The Old Town

To get to the old town we passed the main train station and turned right walking through gardens with attractive buildings and fountains. Arriving in the Ban Jelacic Square we discovered a folk dance and music display was taking place, so we stopped to look at one group of men who danced using wooden sticks which they would strike other dances sticks in an assortment of complicated manoeuvres. The tourist information office was also in this square where the helpful staff gave us a map and an outline of a walking tour. This we followed with a few diversions reading about the sights as we passed them.

Statue of the Virgin Mary with Angels located outside of the cathedral.

Statue of the Virgin Mary with Angels located outside of the cathedral.

We haven't taken many inside church photos as either they have disallowed them or they have been dark or just not very interesting. This photo is for Lori to get her in the mood.

We haven’t taken many inside church photos as either they have disallowed them or they have been dark or just not very interesting. This photo is for Lori to get her in the mood.

The name of the cathedral is "The Cathedral of the Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary. They must have a nick name for it??

The name of the cathedral is “The Cathedral of the Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary”. They must have a nick name for it??

The market place.

The market place.

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Feature door for the blog. For you R. G.

Feature door for the blog. For you R. G.

Statue of St. George and the dragon. This depicts the scene after the dragon has been killed.

Statue of St. George and the dragon. This depicts the scene after the dragon has been killed.

Up the hill from the old town is St. Marks Church.

Up the hill from the old town is St. Marks Church.

The café crawl

It was a thirsty day as the temperature was over 35 degrees, and we had to keep our fluids up!! During the day we stopped at several cafes, the first being near the main square where we had an iced coffee which was exactly how we like it. Some places don’t seem to get it right. A few other times we stopped for beers and other cool drinks.

In the cafe of this museum we stopped for a well earned drink. We didn't go inside but it has items sent in from all over the world depicting broken relationships.

In the cafe of this museum we stopped for a well earned drink. We didn’t go inside but it has items sent in from all over the world depicting broken relationships.

Nice cold beer. It was in the mid thirties when we walked the streets.

Nice cold beer. It was in the mid thirties when we walked the streets.

Ewout cooling down at the well. All the statues were naked. Ewout luckily kept his clothes on.

Ewout cooling down at the well. All the statues were naked. Ewout luckily kept his clothes on.

 

The road back to the carpark. Some of the buildings were reminiscent of Vienna.

The road back to the carpark. Some of the buildings were reminiscent of Vienna.

Last drink before we walked back to our hot motorhome.

Last drink before we walked back to our hot motorhome.

The Moovies

We spent the day walking, exploring and having some drinks finally getting back to the car park at about 6 pm. On the way back only a few minutes from the car park we spotted a cinema and we went to have a look and see what was playing in English. It happened to be Arnie in the new Terminator film. We purchased some tickets for the seven o’clock session. The ticket price was $6 Au which included a small can of apple cider [Strongbow]. There wasn’t a lot of choice of suitable movies, but the film was ok with plenty of action but it was good to get out of the heat.

The film might not have been the greatest but the air conditioning in the theater was a big relief from the heat.

The film might not have been the greatest but the air conditioning in the theater was a big relief from the heat.

I'll be back. And yes he was but looking a lot older.

I’ll be back. And yes he was but looking a lot older.

Noisy Neighbour

When we arrived back at the carpark another motorhome was parked close next to us. This was ok except for the fact that he had a very loud generator making lots of noise. This, I was not going to put up with and knocked on the door and indicated that I was not going to put up with his racket. He got the message and moved across the car par where the generator noise was much quieter. At 11.00pm he finally turned it off.

Onwards to Slovenia.

Up early again we left the car park and headed out of Zargreb in the direction of Slovenia a place that we have to many times on our past trips. We are finally feeling that we have left Eastern Europe behind and are now in the west. Things are busier, the roads are better and the prices have gone up.

Graffiti across from our carpark in Zagreb.

Graffiti across from our carpark in Zagreb.

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One Response so far.

  1. jhclutt67 says:

    I have just spent the last hour reading your blogs from Veliko Tarnova on. We have revisited Bucharest, Sarajevo and laughed at your antics and especially your iced coffee descriptions. You have visited some amazing places that few Aussies would have or in fact few Europeans. Love the photos, videos and descriptions. Helen and John.

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