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Croatia

Zagreb

65 °F

There isn’t much to say about Zagreb except that it’s one of the nicest metropolitan cities that I’ve been to. They have everything from beautiful old buildings to modern glass buildings. The food was excellent and as with all the Croatian cities, impeccably clean. I’m amazed how clean the cities in Croatia are with all the tourist. There is an old town with great little outside cafés and bars where you can enjoy a drink, relax and people watch. The most appealing part of Zagreb are the alluring buildings, squares and parks in a bustling metropolitan city. I know, you are thinking, well, there’s Paris or London - which I will answer - I’ve never been to London so there’s that and as far as Paris goes, I don’t see “Paris” as a working metropolitan city. I see Paris as a romantic, fantasy, artistic getaway for the rich. Yes, I know that I am totally simplifying a wonderful city, but this is my blog so there you go. 😉

Bottom line, I’m glad I came but I won’t be putting this city at the top of my favorite cities to revisit, after all, I still have to visit London. 🙃

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Funicular - Its 217 feet of tracks makes it one of the shortest and steepest public-transport funiculars in the world.
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The Mushroom Fountain - When it was first set up, the citizens didn’t really like it. Quite contrary, they mocked it and gave it its funny nickname. But, in time it became one of the symbols of this square and of the whole city. It is often to be found on Zagreb postcards.
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Zrinjevac Park
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Trg bana Jelačića is the central square of the city of Zagreb. The square is colloquially called Jelačić plac.
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Ilica Street (nearly 4 miles long), is one of the longest and one of the busiest and most popular shopping streets in Zagreb.
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View of the Old Town
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The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and not only the tallest building in Croatia but also the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps.
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Church of St. Mark - On the roof, tiles are laid so that they represent the coat of arms of Zagreb (white castle on red background) and Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
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Marija Juric Zagorka, Croatia’s first female journalist and one of its most widely read authors. Born in the village of Negovec, she was married early in her life to a much older Hungarian man, only to escape to Zagreb some years later. In addition to publishing nineteen novels, she also founded Women’s Papers, the first magazine in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to focus on women’s issues.
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The Croatian National Theatre - commonly referred to as HNK Zajc, is a theatre, opera and ballet house.
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Old next to the new
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Dolac Market - Every day they set up and take down this market
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Split

75 °F

Split is pristine in its beauty and cleanliness. That said, this is not one of my favorite cities because of the crowds. Every morning the cruise ships arrive with thousands of day tourists dilly-dallying along with their tour groups clogging the streets. I take cruises but I don’t think I’ve been to a place where we were overwhelming everyone else. The next cruise I take (November) I will definitely be more cognizant of my surroundings as to not impede on others.

The old town is beautiful, but it is made up entirely of shops and restaurants, just one big indoor/outdoor shopping mall, albeit a stunning one.

I never ventured to the beach but did take a day trip to Krka National Park where you can swim near the magnificent waterfalls.

The food was just okay, it was pricey so if you are on a budget, look for out of the way places. Airbnb’s are affordable so that is probably a better option than hotels.

Should you visit Split? Yes, but only if you have the time. Croatia has the most stunning coast line and there are a number of cities to visit that aren’t geared for the day tourist.

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Cathedral of St. Domnius - The cathedral is named after a 3rd century Bishop of Salona, and is now the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska. It is recognized as the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral with its structure.
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Old Town
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Farmers Market
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City boardwalk
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Our view from the boat to Krka National Park
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Krka National Park - swimming by these great waterfalls
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Vista
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Makarska

74 °F

Our bus ride to Makarska was 3 hours of the most amazing vistas - at least that’s what I was told. Unfortunately, I get motion sickness so my eyes were shut most of the time, but every once in a while I cheated just long enough to see what everyone was oohing and aahing about.

I know, I know, I’ve said this before but I could definitely spend a long relaxing couple of months here. The Makarska Riviera is covered in both dirt trails and paved paths from the city center. The rugged, rocky coastline with pine trees on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other is one of the most amazing sights to experience. The cliffs that hug the shoreline provide amazing vistas of the clearest blue/green water in addition to offshore islands. The city itself is small but there is plenty to do if you love nature. The people were wonderful, the food was delicious, the weather was great minus one day of incredible winds and our Airbnb host greeted us with a homemade meal which was totally unexpected but greatly appreciated. The city will get its share of tourist, but at least you can find solitude in nature.

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Statue of St. Peter
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Sunbather sculpture
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A couple of beautiful Churches
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Horseshoe shaped bay
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Beautiful harbor
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Nature at its best
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Another walking path
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Sunset
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Dining alfresco
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Dubrovnik

80 °F

Wow, wow, wow! Dubrovnik is beautiful! The coast line is unbelievably picturesque and the old town is the prettiest I have ever seen. The locals are very friendly and everyone speaks English. Our Airbnb host was the best host we have ever had, she walked us around the neighborhood and pointed out which restaurants to eat at, where to catch the bus and what sights to see. What a great way to start our Croatia adventure.

The city is well maintained and one of the cleanest I’ve seen, which is amazing with all the tourist traipsing around. The roaring winds erupted on our beach day so we spent the day walking the beautiful coastal path which was an experience of engulfing nature at its finest.

Now for the bad part, Dubrovnik is definitely a tourist spot. The crowds at times can be unbearable and the cost of everything is high. The taxes on food and liquor at the restaurants is a whopping 28%, (that cost is included in the menu price so you know ahead of time what to expect). I don’t think this is a place I would want to stay for any great length of time, but it is a must visit city.

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Old Town Dubrovnik and its magnificent walls also provide the setting for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.
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Walking the coast of Dubrovnik
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