Varazdin and a Cabin in the Mountains

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On the road north again...
We took a trip up to Varazdin before I headed home.  This is one of my favorite places in Croatia, up near the northern border of the country (Varazdin).  On the way we stopped at a cabin that Zvonka's father built years ago to meet her sister and her husband.  It's a great cabin.  On a cold winter day it was nice to BBQ vegetables and sit by a warm, wood-burning furnace after taking a walk in the woods. 

Before lunch we climbed up the ridge behind the house, through a dense forest of beech trees, to a ridge overlooking valleys of farms and tiny villages.  Along the ridge are lines of wine houses.  These sound like a great idea!  Each of these tiny huts is located at the top of a narrow vineyard extending down the steep hill.  The bottom floor is basically a big fermenting tank, and the upper floor is a drinking room to enjoy the wine.  Grapes are harvested in the fall to provide a summer's worth of delicious homemade wine.  I'm going to have to come back here during the summer...

The next day in Varazdin we went to visit our friends Vedrana and Bruno and their little daughter Klara.  After the usual stuffing with food when we visit, Klara got her first walk around town of the year, it's been too cold to go outside until now.  I like it in Varazdin, I wish ther was a way I could live there.
itsallison says:
Ah, I want to move there!
Posted on: Mar 18, 2009
cneoridium says:
I like that it's self contained, there's a spring for water just up the hill, and a forest worth of wood for heat, fruit trees and vegetables in the yard... My friend's father built it by hand when he was young, just a few bricks or planks of wood at a time as he could afford it. It's really well built.
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
itsallison says:
Sounds and looks like an amazing place! :)
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
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On the road north again...
On the road north again...
Winding roads into the Zagorje
Winding roads into the Zagorje
Birch forests in the hills
Birch forests in the hills
Creek in front of the cabin
Creek in front of the cabin
A tiny cabin in the mountains sout…
A tiny cabin in the mountains sou…
Narrow, steep stairs
Narrow, steep stairs
Zvonka at the cabin
Zvonka at the cabin
Nice warm fire on a cold winter day
Nice warm fire on a cold winter day
A trip up to the well
A trip up to the well
Collecting water for lunch from th…
Collecting water for lunch from t…
Moss has taken over the spring!
Moss has taken over the spring!
Protected flower on the forest flo…
Protected flower on the forest fl…
Beech canopy is open this time of …
Beech canopy is open this time of…
Across the ridge to the wine houses
Across the ridge to the wine houses
A wine house - fermenting tank dow…
A wine house - fermenting tank do…
Tiny vineyards below the family wi…
Tiny vineyards below the family w…
More wine houses
More wine houses
So sick with a cold, but still hap…
So sick with a cold, but still ha…
Back at the well
Back at the well
Mountains rise behind vineyards
Mountains rise behind vineyards
Varazdin castle
Varazdin castle
These 3-dimensional gardens are pl…
These 3-dimensional gardens are p…
Nice Bosnian lunch
Nice Bosnian lunch
Wish Id had one of these as a bab…
Wish I'd had one of these as a ba…
After mass
After mass
My Varazdin friends
My Varazdin friends
Varazdin
photo by: morandini