Okay so they give you a map of the best places in the city to steal a kiss 💋. What does that tell you about this city?
Bernard, gotcha! I quite like this map, especially when I can catch my hubby off guard.😊
We’ve only been in Zagreb now for one week, but already we’ve fallen in love with this city. It was really love at first sight. Within a couple of days we liked what we saw and how we felt here, that is always a good sign for us.
Thank-you my friend, for these welcoming flowers.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. It is also the largest city in Croatia. The city’s population is about 800,000 people and the metropolitan area has a population that exceeds a million. On the map below of Croatia you can see the city of Zagreb which is further inland and almost touching the Slovenian border.The city has a lower and upper town. The upper town is the historic district. You can access the upper town different ways; taking the stairs, through the stone gate or by using the funicular. We will be referring to the upper and lower town quite often throughout these posts on Zagreb.
Here are a few pics of the Ban Jelačić Square which is the central square of the city,
Here is a photo of the beautiful St. Mark’s church in the upper town.
As we were planning our trip to Croatia we didn’t really know too much what to expect of Zagreb. But wow, are we ever pleasantly surprised! Zagreb’s city centre is compact which makes it lovely to stroll around and discover it’s different sites. The city has a relax feel to it and its people, well, they are just laid back. It’s actually weird but the city’s “mood” just gets you in that same state of mind. From the moment we entered the city centre we instantly felt a relaxed vibe. Zagreb just has a nice atmosphere. Can’t quite put our finger on it but maybe it’s because most of the city centre is free of cars, which makes it nice and quiet in the streets. It has a tram system but you actually get surprised when one creeps up behind you..
So the first thing that we noticed right away is that the locals here, love flowers. There are stands everywhere and the locals pick up flowers as they do their daily bread.Their other HUGE passion is coffee. It is so big that we are going to write about it later in another post. So, coffee addicts stay tune! We had read about the cafés being a meeting place for people before coming but we had never expected it to be so much a part of this city’s culture. Each neighbourhood has multiple indoor/outdoor cafés that provide a setting for people to get together for coffee. Another reason we’re in love with the city. ☕️😊Oh yes, we should mention, if you despise the colours yellow and blue, well, you should probably avoid Zagreb 😊. Many of its buildings have a significant Viennese influence often painted yellow, which was the official colour of the Habsburg ruling family. And guess what, the buses and trams are blue!
We’ve now been here for a week and we’ve done so much already. What is nice about this city is all the different things you can do for free.
After completing the best kissing places in the city we set out the very next day to find all the planets that are placed here & there throughout the city. You start with the sun. Here is a cheat sheet that will help you along. The sun is the easiest to locate.
Okay great, at least we’ve found the sun…good eyes Bernard!
All the other ones are not as obvious as they are just little plaques. It was a great way to get us around the city.
Here below is the Cathedral of Zagreb (lower town)
You have different architectural influences in Zagreb but I think we were first struck by the Austro-Hungarian influence. As well the lower town has a significant Viennese influence.
The city has a botanical garden that is attached to the university and it’s free.🆓
If you ever decide to come to Zagreb please, please make sure you are here on a Saturday to visit the Dolac Market. You will be in awe. We were like little kids . We finally have found a huge traditional European market like we yearn to have back home. ALL FRESH and unprepared food! The first thing that catches your eye is the colourful red umbrellas. Hundreds of them!. This is the first level of the market which is outdoors. They are a symbol of this oldest market in Zagreb. What a cheerful way to start your Saturday morning. So beautiful and vibrant. Almost every vendor has one. Wouldn’t you know these umbrellas have a romantic legend behind their existence. The legend tells that “many-many years ago, people of Zagreb were protecting themselves from the rain, using sadly-looking black umbrellas. One rainy day, a young man and his lady were standing under one of these sad umbrellas and suddenly a young man opened his heart, and confessed his love for this lady. The loving couple kissed, and, at the same second, their boring sad umbrella turned brightly-red.”
Underneath the umbrellas (see below) you have the experience that are checking out the the freshness and prices of the produce! Lets’ follow them! 😊What caught our eye right away was how meticulous everything was arranged. Have a look at these potatoes below, each has been perfectly & individually stacked.
The market outdoors is where you have all the fresh produce, nuts, spices, flowers and more and then a covered underground section which is HUGE has all the fresh meats, sausages, pasta, breads, millions of cheese varieties and yes, freshly made warm PASTRIES! 🥮
Of course everyone comes out on market day, so you never know who you’ll run into. We figured that’s why some people dress up for the occasion!😊
We lucked out this week, when we arrived we heard that the city was hosting its annual “Festival of Lights” to celebrate the start of Spring. The whole upper town was illuminated and we’re sure all the generations were out for it. It was so well done and appreciated. 👏
Watch this minute u-tube video of this amazing week of lights in Zagreb. We were in awe !
Goggle “festival of lights Zagreb 2019” and you will get to a u-tube video of this year’s festival.
We ended our first week today, Sunday, with great weather reaching 24 C and of course this meant a picnic with our p’tite nappe champêtre at tow. We had our first picnic here at Ribnjak Park and enjoyed a nice relaxing day.
Doviđenja for now from Zagreb and stay tuned as we explore more of this wonderful city, and we’ll share soon!