Exploring Zagreb

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011

It was an early morning...out at 7:30 with a shuttle to the train station.  Today's train ride was only about 2 hours though and we got to Zagreb in good time for a big early lunch at the Restoran Katedral or something like that.  It was right across the street from the Cathedral and we could almost see the spires.   We took a long time over the menu trying to decide what of the interesting sounding dishes we wanted.  I couldn't decide between grilled calamari and one of the house specialties.  Edwin our tour leader chose one that had beef, pork, sausage and something else with vegetables....it came on skewers and looked really good.  Betty and I had the grilled calamari with mushrooms.  I tried to order pickled mushrooms but got grilled ones instead.  We had a nice leisurely meal in the outdoor sunshine...In fact, it was getting so warm I stripped down to my camisole top.

After lunch, people split up.  Some of us followed Catherine to the cathedral.  She loves churches and buildings and has visited all except one cathedral or abbey or something in England.  After the cathedral, Catherine and I set off to do the two walking tours on our map while the others went back to the hotel I think.  At first we had trouble following the map but then eventually things seemed to go better and we worked ourselves around the pink route and the blue route.  We saw quite a few churches and museums bur the museums were all closed.  The museum of naive arts seemed as if it would have been quite interesting.  We saw the funicular line and the overlook where you could see all the red tile roofs of central Zagreb.  We ran into the end of a market that sold mostly produce but some crafts...such as lace and beaded moccasins.  We were very excited about the market and bought apples and some strawberries that turned out to be very nice...sweet and juicy.

After the market we were mostly on the blue route that was comprised of major government or civic buildings like museums....seems as if there are lots of museums in Zagreb.  We walked past the Botanical Garden but that wasn't open on  Mondays either....like the museums.  We ended up at the main square where we were to catch the tram back to the hotel.  I wanted to look for something interesting to eat before heading to the hotel area but the outdoor restaurants that had all been very busy earlier now seemed pretty dead and there wasn't anything really interesting on the menus I saw/.  There was a sandwich shop so I ended up with a baguette sandwich with nice crusty bread.  Does it seem as if I am always talking about food?  

Now I am back at the hotel and have eaten my sandwich and hope to get a little of my internet stuff done since I do have decent wifi here before I have to go to bed to be up at 4:30 am.

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