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Christmas in Croatia! ( Part 1)

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Video Credits : Vamsi Krishna Vemuri

Getting to a warmer place in winter is my favorite thing to do and that would be on everybody’s mind if you live in Germany. Well, this is one warm story of mine too.

On the eve of Christmas in Germany, it seemed like an apocalyptic moment in Frankfurt, not sure of how things would be in Croatia, keeping fingers crossed, my friends and me boarded our bus.

The journey started from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Once we got there, I was in for a beautiful surprise. The City was beaming with colors and people, Oh! that ray of sunshine which gave birth to these beautiful emerging shadows at dawn light was just something I had been waiting for.

 

The Hustle & Bustle throughout the city, the whole energy consumed me.

As an Architect by profession , my first observation subconsciously crawls towards buildings. I was impressed by the outlook of the Croatian Architecture. The buildings had a hilarious composition and structuring.

The under-renovation Cathedral was hilarious since I was surprised by the effort taken to make a construction screen with the picture of how it really looks. That was mind-blowing for me!

The Building that seems floating is actually an entrance to their beautiful looking cemetery.

The Cemetery was vast, serene and very organised. One could actually spend their entire day there looking out towards the hills. It also has a plaza to it’s extension where one can sit for a coffee or food. The experience here is wonderful. One of the most beautiful Cemeteries I have been to.

The old town of zagreb is the place to be, whether it is to stay or if it is to visit the city, to eat, just have fun or whatever. During this particular season, all the streets of old town was Christmas- decorated with plenty of stalls for food and drinks to enjoy upon. The food in here in Zagreb was just amazing. Every kind of food was a spot on to it’s flavors.

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The were the worthy mentions from Zagreb.

Apart from the typical food stalls, they also had a couple of other local markets that was fabulous to explore. They had stalls selling artifacts to handmade articles & collectables.

Also, the local farmer’s market. They had a huge range of meat market, fresh produce like fruits , vegetables and fresh honey amongst a lot of other interesting things. The walking around all these markets would definitely take about two hours and leave you longing for food.

Zagreb doesn’t stop at this. There are parks, Zoo, Lakes and museums that the city offers. The museums here are not any ordinary ones with cliched paintings or sculptures but instead are very interactive museums.

One fantastic discovery by accident : a tunnel that takes you from one part of the city that being the main part to these museums that are on a hilltop. This tunnel is a very quaint one. The video below shows the fun side of the tunnel. One stretch had these wild blue lights with some laser cut paper hangings from the ceiling. It was very artsy with a few sculptures too.

 

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There is one that really caught my attention like the Museum of Illusion and the second over the Hilltop Museum of Broken Relationships. Very innovative and funny. Keeps you engaged and happy. The second one is a choice if one likes to spend time reading and going around. Just gives a different perspective.

Once you get out of the Museum of Broken Relationships, there exists different view points to the city. One is the city itself, one being the view to the city and one is the kind of architecture that exists on a hill top.

The best part is that on the way down, there is another small Christmas market with a couple of tents. After a long day of exploring, it is a great time to take a break and enjoy the slight warmth and relaxing inside the tent next to one of these stalls by sipping on a hot Glüwein. 🙂

The enthralling view of the City all glorified during the Sunset makes one just want to absorb the last bits of light. A great experience indeed .

A great place to click a lot of pictures!

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This fabulous building just caught my attention from the corner of my eye. St.Mark’s Church – has a stitched effect roof. The patterned roof and attention to detail was a surprise. It is actually a very simple building otherwise. Just the effect of the patterned roof makes it a very quirky building.

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Here, a small clipping of the general city life is seen.

One is on a tiny adjacent road in Zagreb. Just a regular off-route taken by people in general on a daily basis.

The other is when you get down the hilltop by the funicular road, it opens out into the main city side bustling with people by another Christmas market. This was such great fun !

 

The main area of the city. Base point of the main trams to go anywhere. The busiest part of the city. Shopping malls. Christmas markets . Entertainment. Everything!

Loved Zagreb ! It is a city that anyone can fall in love with. Enroute Dubrovnik. Stay tuned for the next Part 😉

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