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Me and A.G.Matoš
This is interesting for me, a week in one place!  I never just stay put when traveling, but with my friend at work during the day I was able to leasurely explore the city and suburbs.  I stayed in Novi Zagreb, about half an hour out of town.  Not real exciting, mostly huge housing complexes built during Yugoslavian times in the 70s and 80s.  Between trips into town, I'd set my handheld GPS to some some distant location and follow the path that it plotted through the countryside. I found that if I used the "plan route for walking" setting, it would take me on tiny tracks and trails through farms, on utility roads, through back alleys...

The only down side to all this was the rain.  Fall had come early so a slow, cold rain fell every day, giveing a good contrast to the blazing hot weather here at the begining of the trip.
Another rainy day
  No one remembered it being cold and we this early in the past.

Zagreb is relatively small, with only 400,000 residents in downtown, so it can be seen in a day if you visit.  Its a beautiful city though and was able to stay busy seeing it for a week though, exploring the neighborhoods in depth.  The bus and tram system are good and inexpensive, but very difficult to navigate.  They have something against route maps and schedules here, so you're kind of on your own. 

I found a lot of younger people who spoke English, even very good English, but generally found that older people and people working in stores and newstands spoke only Croatian.  Basically, if it's someone you need to talk to to buy tickets stamps or something, you need to know some basic Croatian. It is useful to know at least the numbers and enough pronunciation that you can ask for things from your dictionary, if you aren't at an attraction geared towards tourists.
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Me and A.G.Matoš
Me and A.G.Matoš
Another rainy day
Another rainy day
Looking out over Zagreb
Looking out over Zagreb
Required cathedral shot
Required cathedral shot
Upper and lower Zagreb are linked …
Upper and lower Zagreb are linked…
Grapes over a garage in the Kaptol…
Grapes over a garage in the Kapto…
Old roof in the Kaptol area
Old roof in the Kaptol area
Im guessing it rains here a LOT
I'm guessing it rains here a LOT
Living back in the suburbs...  A t…
Living back in the suburbs... A …
Well decorated tunnel link neighbo…
Well decorated tunnel link neighb…
Mamutica (the mammoth) - a huge Yu…
Mamutica (the mammoth) - a huge Y…
Another housing tower
Another housing tower
Fallout shelter in an elementary s…
Fallout shelter in an elementary …
Farmers market with home-grown fr…
Farmer's market with home-grown f…
Public swimming lake wasnt popula…
Public swimming lake wasn't popul…
Guard shack at the Brodarski Insti…
Guard shack at the Brodarski Inst…
Another GPS based trip into the fa…
Another GPS based trip into the f…
More storms over Novi Zagreb
More storms over Novi Zagreb
A long path back to town and a sto…
A long path back to town and a st…
Farms on one of my long long walks…
Farms on one of my long long walk…
Riding a horse while walking a whi…
Riding a horse while walking a wh…
Zagreb
photo by: EmEm