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Interesting day in Zagreb

After our late arrival last night and not getting a great first impression in the dark....feeling like it was a dodgy area just full of grafitti...everything looked so much better in daylight!!!! We are in a 8 bed dorm and it is a lovely clean hostel on the 3rd floor of an old building. Costs 130 kuna each a night( $24 AUD)

Talked to some others in the room about where they had been and where they were going to next . After much humming and haaaahing I decide it will be too rushed to go to Slovenia ( will have to wait until next time) and we will catch a bus to Plitvice Lake National Park and then another bus on to Zadar on the coast. Glad that is settled and sorted. Next got on to hostelworld's site and booked a hostel for tomorrow night in Zadar.

Mums allergies on her arms and legs were worse so we decide seeing a Dr was the top of the list for today. There was a hospital straight over the road, so we walked over there and they told us they couldn't see Mum as they are just a trauma hospital. They gave us the address of a hospital to go to and we caught a taxi there. Everything is so cheap here compared to Italy. The taxi was only 30 Kuna $ 5.50 AUD

It was a lovely new hospital/clinic we went to and they saw Mum straight away and gave her a shot to calm the allergies down and some antibiotics with instructions to go home and rest to reduce the swelling of her foot and leg. Cost us nothing and they just wanted copy of her passport.I walked to the pharmacy up the road to get her some medicines she needed and it was in quite a poor area.

Taxi home, got Mum organised in bed and I went on the hunt for supermarket and some foods we hadn't had dinner last night ( just some pretzels on the plane) and it was now 10.30am and we needed breakfast/lunch!!! Found a supermarket 2 blocks away and bought some cooked chicken risotto and vegetables for approx $3 AUD. and a whole lot of fruit and snacks for Mum for the day.

I left at 11.30am to go exploring, but first I had to go to the bus station to buy tickets for the bus tomorrow. I waited for 20 minutes for the # 8 tram but none came so I decided I could have walked in that time and set off. Bought the tickets for 86 kana $ 16 AUD . Walking back I had a lovely chat with Nathan on the phone who had just arrived back home in Australia.

Now to explore the city of Zagreb.......... and I was not disappointed!!!! Beautiful day with blue sky, hot in the sun and pleasant in the shade. Not sure if it was because it was a Saturday but it was lovely and quiet with very little traffic around the city centre. Streets are wide with tram tracks in both directions that are shared with the cars. Lots of bright blue tram criss-crossing the city and coming regularly ( except for my number 8 this morning!!!) Lots of trees and parks with colourful flower gardens. With buildings in the Austrian /Hungarian style and with lots of flowering baskets hanging off the street lights it is very pretty and sits nestled under a big mountain that has ski slopes. The street names are almost impossible to pronounce and have many "c, "j", "v" and "k's in them. Many people speak a little english which is wonderful. I am struggling to even pronounce their thank you -"hvlar"

Many more people smoke here than back home and one of the first things we noticed was that the Croatians are so much friendlier and helpful than the Italians....unbelievably so!!!

Walked first to the Train Station and then to the Botanic Gardens, then to the old town by a large beautiful park and King Tomislav square that went for several blocks with fountains, bandstand and large open spaces.

Jelacic Square is the centre of Zagreb's social life and was filled with markets stalls that I wandered around and looked at. Bought some socks for Alaiya and Benaiah for 90c a pair and a yummy cherry pastry slice.

Dolac Markets were just behind the square and a huge mass of colours of fresh produce and flowers bought in from all over Croatia to sell. I bought some plums , peaches and nectarines very cheaply.

Bought a bag at some street markets for 50 kuna - $9 which I use instead of my money belt

Walked to the following:

Twin spired cathedral with fortified walls built when under threat from the Ottoman turks in the 1500's fortified walls

Stone Gate - a vision of the virgin Mary was seen during a fire so they burn candles and pray all day here

Strossmayer Promenade -artist area

St Marks church has amazing roof made of tiles decorated with the Croatian coat of arms. Built in the 13th century and shares a square with the Parliament Buildings

Criss crossed every street and went up staircase in to parks and lovely hidden areas that gave you a surprise where they lead you to with views over the city

Stopped a couple of times to sit and enjoy the outdoor cafes and have a cold drink and people watch. Cost of a coke was ice was only 14 kana $ 2.60 ( so nice after spending 3 - 5 euro in Italy)

Loved my wander round. Went back to Mum and picked her up fresh supplies including her afternoon Heinekan. I had started getting a sore ear around lunch time and thought I better get it checked out while it was daylight...didn't fancy a middle of the night taxi trip to the Dr!!! Got a taxi for 20 kana ( $3.70) one way and 50( $9.30) the other!!! The Dr gave me some ear drops and I picked up some dinner on my way home .

It was terrible....awful grilled corn on the cob from a street stall and cold calamari rings and potatoes from the supermarket. Just as well I had bough a chocolate mousse for dessert!!!

All packed ready for early departure at 6.30am tomorrow to walk to the bus station

Walkind down our staircase

Walkind down our staircase


Washing 3 floors high

Washing 3 floors high


Mums foot

Mums foot


Mums arms

Mums arms


Graffitti in our street

Graffitti in our street


In front of train station

In front of train station


Parks

Parks


Buildings and park

Buildings and park


Hard to say street names

Hard to say street names


Park gates

Park gates


Flowers

Flowers


Park with flowers

Park with flowers


Shady trees

Shady trees


Town Square

Town Square


Flower Markets

Flower Markets


Arrangements for sale

Arrangements for sale


Big bunches of grapes

Big bunches of grapes


Fruit stalls

Fruit stalls


Bought some plums

Bought some plums


Plums for sale

Plums for sale


Cathedral and fortified walls

Cathedral and fortified walls


Leaves starting to change

Leaves starting to change


Cathedral and flowers

Cathedral and flowers


Statue in City Square

Statue in City Square


More flowers

More flowers


The Stone gate - vision of Mary

The Stone gate - vision of Mary


St Marks special roof

St Marks special roof


Cobble stoned streets

Cobble stoned streets


Walkedup a steep path behind this building which

Walkedup a steep path behind this building which


Artist area

Artist area


Flowering baskets

Flowering baskets


View area

View area


Hidden paths

Hidden paths


Hidden areas

Hidden areas


View of town

View of town


Beautiful paths

Beautiful paths


Bride and graffitti walls

Bride and graffitti walls


Blue Trams

Blue Trams


We were on the 3rd floor

We were on the 3rd floor


Our front door

Our front door


Our room

Our room


Common Room

Common Room

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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