Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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The next day we did a bit of a walking tour and checked out some of the history that the Old Town has to offer. We first strolled the "Gornji Grad" or Upper Town which is the oldest part of town and home to many of the churches and best views of the city. Here we found an oddly placed shrine in the old Stone Gate that lead to the town. According to the legend, an intense fire consumed most of the gate in 1731, except for a painting of the Blessed Virgin and Child that was found in the ashes undamaged. Since, people have come to pray and worship the painting. It is situated on one side of a road with church pews on the other with a view of the painting... odd. The Gornji Grad is also home to St. Catherine's Church. Built in the 1600s, it has a pink interior decorated with white swirls and is full of black and gold shrines that make visiting it a very unique experience. From there we headed down to "Donji Grad" or Lower Town. This is where most of Zagreb's beautiful parks and the Viennese-influenced buildings and squares are. Around every corner we found massive buildings that house museums and art galleries that would take weeks to visit properly. After being overwhelmed a little with what Zagreb had to offer, we headed to the movies to take in a little North American humour for no more than $5... not bad at all. After our fix, we went to a restaurant that our host recommended. We had wonderful wine, amazing beer, massive salads, delicious pizza, and incredible service for less than 10 dollars each
The next morning we hopped on a bus and headed south to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was a bit of a trip to get there, but it was well worth it (Thanks for the recommendation Patrick!). The park has 30,000 hectares of wilderness, 16 lakes, hundreds of waterfalls, and a long list of wildlife. The trails are mostly made up of a wooden boardwalk that loops and weaves all through and around the still blue lakes and stunning waterfalls that are sprinkled all through the park. After a couple of hours of walking in 'crisp' weather conditions, we were not sure if our extremities were going numb from the cold or from the beauty of this place. We decided to take the rest of the day off from the elements and head back to town for another lovely, and more than reasonable dinner at Nocturno, the place where we ate at the previous night.
We have already raved about how much we love Croatia. The coast was gorgeous, the trip across the country was beautiful, and Zagreb was our favourite destination with its youthful vibe paired with classic Old World charm. We will definitely be back, hopefully before the rest of the vacationing world finds out about everything that Croatia is, and all the delights it has to offer. But for now, we head to check out a couple of spots in Slovenia! First up... Ljubljana.
Megan and Kevin