ZagrebDecember 18, 2019 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C
A little bit of healthy christmas tucker
A little bit of healthy christmas tucker
Fresh food market
The body of Alojzije Stepinac 1898 - 1960 is displayed in the rather ordinary cathedral. A placard says:
"Cardinal Archbishop of Zagreb; defender of God's and human rights amid the madness and savagery of WWII; condemned by the communists; martyr of totalitarian regimes."
And stuffed by the Church for prosperity.
This is to see the Catholic Church at work massaging history. For a start he wasn't martyred: he died of illness. More important though is his record during the fascist era, when he did little and often nothing to oppose the authorities. Not surprising the Communists, whom he feared more, had little truck with him. And not surprising that a major multi-national rather than confronting its own actions in the face of fascism, chooses to whitewash history from the lowest level upwards. Very clever.Read more
The Museum of Broken Relationships is an intriguing phenomenon which was unique although I believe that the Americans have copied the idea, (without payment of course.)
People from all over the world have sent a variety of objects which reminded them of a relationship they had. The first exhibit is a bycycle which a lady had used for 30 odd years and which she callously replaced with a newer model! Not all are love stories, though many are, in fact the most touching are a series of photos of refugees holding momentoes of people with whom they were once in some sort of relationship, family / colleague / fellow children.
This wavy line struck me as a little different from the others, so I include it and its label for your viewing pleasure.Read more
Stopped for a drink with Ana in Zagreb. We had a couple of beers by the Maksimir Park and avoided the welcomed thunderstorm.
The city has been smashed up so often that there is not a lot left to see. There is Gornji Grad and Donji Grad. Tthe Upper Town, (no parking, no traffic, narrow streets, pavement cafes,) and the Lower Town, (no parking, loads of traffic, wide streets, Baroque office buildings,) with little to distinguish them from a thousand other medieval towns in central Europe.
Somethings were a little bizarre. For example, one open air cafe was decorated with laundery, white underwear hanging on lines above the clientel, (too dark at night to photo).
One advantage of starting over is that there are dual lane roads all over the place, as well as trams and buses. So the place, although soulless, makes an efficient working environment. [At least when the the council don't dig up one of the highways without making any provision for redirection or changing traffic light timings, which causes gridlock. I can vouch for that taking 2 hrs for a journey that should have been 10 mins.]
And one of the other big pluses is that the Medvednica Mountain National Park starts 10 mins North. There are numerous trails starting from Bliznic Park at the bottom of the road up to Sljme, The highest peak, at 1,035 m. Instead of walking the dog in the park, many locals take them for a run up the hill. Or go for a bike ride up the road.Read more
Today, we first visited the “Museum of broken relationships“, a place that is at the same time funny, shocking, weird, cute and depressing. It consists of donations of objects by people from all over the world that remind them of a past love, together with their story. After that, we took a walk a bit outside the mere center and relaxed in one of the parks.
In the hostel we had been recommended to also go to the cemetery, which was “only a 20-minute walk“ away - turned out it was almost an hour. Tired, bad reported and starving as we hadn't had lunch, we finally got up there, not really believing anymore that the place was worth all the effort, but we were surprised: the cemetery, which gives home to all great former Croatian personalities, from the outside looks rather like a castle. Due to its enorm size, it is divided into over 100 areas, each of which contains another load of graves.
When finally we had gotten back to the hostel and eaten dinner, we met our Argentinean friends Ángeles and Matías, ans a Chilean named Bruno, who took us to a cool hippy-style place with pingpong and beers.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Zagreb- Gornji Grad - Medveščak, Zagreb- Gornji Grad - Medvescak