It’s indeed sunny in Zagreb! I needed a hat – Mum thought.
Our train arrived at 08.35. Tired but relieved to have made it. And this is our last train till Friday – as we are using other modes of transportation the next few days.
Our hotel, Esplanade Zagreb was only a three-minute walk from the train station – so that was fab!
Conveniently, there’s a small park on the way, so I could do my morning business after a ten-hour train ride.
Note: This is the 22nd country where I have made my mark – LOL! Making a mark comes in all different manner – doesn’t have to be anything mind blowing or super significant. 🙂
We checked in but it was too early to have a room ready. As breakfast was on Mum’s mind after a day of bad eating – we were not too worried about not getting a room. We also wanted to see if we are allowed in the eating areas. Yes, we’re allowed to eat at the bar area which is just next to the restaurant. For dinner, there’s a table at the entrance that is reserved for clients with dogs. All very good so far.
At breakfast they told us that they have a room ready for us whenever we’re ready. That’s fab.
Our view from the room –
Oh! See what they had prepared for me …
We think that bolster is meant to be a pillow. They know I like pillows!
After a little rest, a few phone calls and catching up since we had no internet connection all day yesterday, we went walking (slowly) to the Old City – Kaptol.
Looking for squirrels.
But I see another four-legged friend. Well, hello!
Pricate li Engleski? (Do you speak English?)
There were lots of pooches all along the way.
And then …. look! That little dog reminded us of George.
We kept seeing statues with red scarves on – and wondered why …
We soon arrived at the Old Town and there was again another monument wearing a red scarf.
A little research told us that the 18th Oct is European Cravat Day – a day that goes back to the 17th century when a unit of Croatian soldiers known as the Croats (or Crabats) joined the French army and became known for wearing pieces of cloth around their necks, tied in a knot. – efe.com
One of the main attractions of the Old Town is the Cathedral of Zagreb.
Today it is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
There’s a market Square and Mum was trying to find a fridge magnet souvenir to add to my collection. There were plenty to choose from but then she saw this hat.
I still need a red scarf.
And so Mum bought the hat and a magnet from Mira.
We walked further along the narrow cobbled stone streets and caught another view of the Cathedral.
And my nose took us to this Submarine place. I could smell the meat all the way from the street and was keen to go inside – besides it said – its pet-friendly. There are quite a few restaurants that do allow dogs inside.
There was still quite a bit more to see – the Funicular and St. Marks but I think Mum was feeling it in her foot. So we headed back to our hotel and think we needed a rest after the all-day travel.
And then for dinner at the hotel restaurant – Zinfandel’s.
We had not realised its a Michelin Star restaurant.
Nothing like a Michelin Star meal to make up for yesterday’s McDonalds, packet of salami, Pringles and wursts.
Next stop – Belgrade.
May’s comment: Pretty city and lovely weather but walking on cobbled-stone streets wasn’t the best thing for my other foot! Oy vey! What to do?
But glad to have seen a bit of Zagreb. And to see so many dogs out and about with their owners.
And what a lovely surprise to find that the restaurant in the hotel that has a reserved table at the front for dogs is in fact a Michelin-starred restaurant – Zinfandel’s.
Had everything truffle –
Lovely visit – for 24 hours – next stop … till tomorrow.