Wayward Lovers

[wey-werd] turning or changing irregularly; irregular: a wayward breeze.

Zagreb your bags ’cause you should go to Zagreb

Zagreb is Croatia’s capital. We spent 2 nights in Zagreb, just a brief stop between Split and Vienna. I really enjoyed Zagreb and would love to spend more time there someday. It’s a big city and has tonnes of interesting places and things to do for anyone; hip coffee shops, swanky bars, and brilliant architecture to enjoy.

Christmas Markets

I particularly loved the Christmas markets that completely take over the city. Zagreb’s Christmas markets have been voted one of the best in Europe and I can totally see why, with its blocks and blocks of walking streets taken over by little huts serving treats like hot wine and rum punch.

During the day there are more crafts and activities going on, but during the evening the markets seem to be 100% for partying.

(click here for the panorama if the embedded one doesn’t work, or to see it full screen)

(click here for the panorama if the embedded one doesn’t work, or to see it full screen)

Random Fun

We managed to pry ourselves from the exquisite markets to enjoy a few other things in Zagreb.

Like craft beer!

and locally roasted coffee.

and Spiced Wine at museum cafes!

and a weird museum about break ups!

Architecture/Atmosphere

As I mentioned, Zagreb has some amazing buildings like this Cathedral! Note: My night time pictures demanded to be in black and white since the night time lights made everything an awful yellowy orange.

(click here for the panorama if the embedded one doesn’t work, or to see it full screen)

Night Market vs. Day Market (ahh-AHH-ahh)

We made it to the central market to pick up some fruit for the day for approximately zero money.

Mirogoj Cemetery

We also enjoyed a weird diversion over to the city cemetery. It’s on the edge of town and quite possibly the largest graveyard I’ve ever seen. It was cool and then it got cold, so we didn’t stay too long but I got a few pictures.

 

As many locals assured us, Zagreb is a super safe city to explore and things are relatively really cheap. If any of my pals reading this are considering a trip to Croatia, don’t skip Zagreb. Zagreb is cool too, even if it’s not along the coast.

Now to hop on a train heading to Vienna!

Bonus Train Story!

On the train from Split to Zagreb, we were sitting across a table from a woman and her daughter. We chatted a bit and found out they were from Vis, an island off the coast from Split. As the train went through the mountains it began to snow a little and there was some snow on the ground. All of the children on the train got very excited and were shouting “snijeg!” They had never seen snow before, and were all amazed by a photo we showed them of Canadian winter (just received from PEI that day)!

~B~