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Today was our last day with the Atlas tour we've been on this whole time. I didn't realize this when I booked, but it seems like they just run a circle Dubrovnik->Zagreb and Zagreb->Dubrovnik, and you can more or less “hop on” or “hop off” at either end or do the whole thing. Today, we lost a few of the folks who had started at Zagreb before, and we gained a large number of new folks who would continue on to Dubrovnik. As a result, we switched to ...
... for the night.
Incidentally, we were talking to a couple from Sydney at lunchtime and the husband was Croatian. He was called up for military service by the communist regime in 1957 and decided to flee the country. Many years later he flew into Belgrade and was horrified to find himself listed as a deserter and liable for 5 years imprisonment. He told us he was lucky that the immigration officer who had his passport, could not read or write and ...
... of some trees, until it was time to be back on the coach for the last leg to Zagreb.
The landscape became more like the green areas of Slovenia and Austria we had seen on the drive down and we actually retraced our route for a few kilometres before arriving onto the huge plain that the Zagreb region is built on. There was a little more industry in this area - quite different to the subsistence agriculture of the south.
We had a last comfort stop ...
... up Zagreb's hilly and picturesque Upper Town. Among the highlights of Upper Town are the tall twin spires of the Cathedral of St. Stephen, an ancient church dedicated to the Assumption. The cathedral's beautiful neo-Gothic facade was added after an earthquake in 1880 destroyed its dome and bell tower. We visited the Dolac Market, a bustling collection of open air stalls located across the Cathedral near the 14th ...
... found Croatians last time we visited; glad to see some nationalities live up to my preconceived stereotypes.
This was further reinforced when a young woman came to sit in our compartment and was watching Hazel make origami pieces out of pages of her notepad, and then asked for a piece of paper so she could make Hazel an origami flower. Hazel gave her an origami box in return. Croatians are cool.
When we arrived in Zagreb and walked out ...