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First full day in Zagreb

sunny 88 °F
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Natalie had to drag us out of bed this morning - apparently the long day of travel and the time change caught up with us, We walked around the famous ‘red umbrella’ market, where they sell fresh fruits & vegetables, meats and cheeses, flowers and even a few souvenirs. There’s also a fresh fish market that we went in. Then we walked to breakfast at Amalie where we had quiche. After that we went to the Cathedral, then went to hear to cannon go off at noon (see description with pic). It’s really hot here, and everything is hills and steps, so after that we sat for a bit and had a water before heading to St. Mark’s church, After St. Mark’s, we went to the Museum of Broken Relationships ... some funny, some sad, - realtionships of all kind - romantic, familial, even pizza! - all interesting. Then we walked back to the apartment to cool off and regroup a little.

When we went back out, we walked through 3 parks, including one that they turn into a skating rink in winter, then caught a tram to see the Croatian National Theater. From there we walked to Gric Tunnel, which is a pedestrian tunnel built during WWII as a bomb shelter & promenade. It was so nice and cool that we definitely walked more slowly while inside!

We then took a tram to the Maximir neighborhood - we will go back and do the park and zoo on Thursday, but at this point we were hot, tired, and hungry, so we went to a wood-fired pizza place and ate, then caught a tram back to city center. We walked around the market there a little then got some strawberries (we bought cherries last night) from a sidewalk stand, picked up a few things from the grocery store, and again went back to the apartment for some air conditioning! The guys took a little nap, and Terri worked on labeling pictures (what a job! but - if it’s so difficult after a few hours, I can’t imagine what it would be in a week or a month...). We played a game of cards on our balcony then headed back out for the evening.

We started at a bar that (according to Natalie) has good Rakije (Rah - kee - a) - a drink you can do as shots or can sip, made in Croatia. We hated it when she brought it home last yea, but had to admit that we liked all of it tonight - cherry, honey, and apple. We then went t an Irish pub, and then, since bars don’t serve food and we were hungry, we headed up to Upper Town again for some food - it was really busy with a live band and lots of bars and food carts, and we enjoyed it until it started sprinkling - we are it back to the apartment just in time!

It’s been SO nice that Natalie knows the language, since we’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t speak English. That, along with the fact that she lived here for a year and knows her way around very easily, and also can easily deal with the money ad conversions, have enabled us to get around smoothly, do a nice blend of tourist and non-touristy things, and go places that we otherwise couldn’t have and/or wouldn’t have known about.

Posted by Rowlandfamily 13:49 Archived in Croatia

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