Another train, another country - on to Croatia and being pampered

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our train - yellow stripe over the window means 1st class

The train leaves the station at 6 am so we were up by 4:30am.  It’s going to be a long day.  And yes, it’s overcast and chilly again.  All this should change in Croatia. 


We had a first class reserved compartment to ourselves again.  I love this train travel.  The Customs people come to you and stamp your passport while you sit, there are no long security lines and there’s more leg room than you need.  Also its much less expensive than planes, your station is downtown, you can see the countryside and food is often available.  I’m converted, for European travel anyway.


I worked on my TravBuddy blog as we took the 6 hour ride to Zagreb, Croatia.

the beautiful Zagreb train station
  Along the way we saw a huge, long lake (Lake Balaton) bordered by shuttered vacation homes.  We napped, ate snacks, enjoyed the countryside and then we were in Zagreb, Croatia.  Yea!  Its time to join the tour group and be pampered.  After two weeks of carrying our own luggage around and having nobody but us to solve the problems we create, we’re ready to be pampered.  (Actually, we’ve enjoyed being self-sufficient and have had a great time so far but there’s no reason we can’t continue having a great time while having somebody else take care of us.)


The Regent Esplanade hotel is an old 1925 Orient Express hotel that has been renovated into a modern luxury hotel.  It’s right next to the train station. How perfect.  Not only is the exterior of the station historic, the interior smells like warm bread.  I bought some donuts and we walked to the hotel.   Now we are being pampered and there was someone waiting just for us in the lobby.

embroidery in the Ethnographic Museum
  Our room was already reserved and the local guide, Zinka, gave us recommendations for things to do until the rest of the tour group arrived.  There are forty two of us on the tour and thirty had taken an early trip to Lake Bled. 


We took Zinka’s suggestion and visited the Ethnographic Museum to see Croatian historical costumes and some old furniture. Strangely enough the lower floor of the museum was devoted to costumes from Zaire, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Latin America.  All the historic Croatian costumes with intricate embroideries were upstairs. Afterwards we walked for awhile and returned to the hotel for a welcome dinner.


The dinner was light and we met Bob and Shirley, Janet and Gail, Earl and his wife.  All were nice people.  Dino, a young attractive Croat, is the program manager, and I’m sure this will be a good tour group
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our train - yellow stripe over the…
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the beautiful Zagreb train station
the beautiful Zagreb train station
embroidery in the Ethnographic Mus…
embroidery in the Ethnographic Mu…
local historical clothing
local historical clothing
local historical clothing
local historical clothing
photo by: EmEm