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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Video: 36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia






This video I came across I found interesting. This is not a tourism post at all, because there's enough of those kinds of sites, I like the video because it shows some footage of the less known medieval section of the city and other centuries old areas and what can be found there. It's from a New York Times article that just came out, but I'm only adding the video and not the whole long article and photos. Actually, they also did a similar feature piece just a few weeks ago about the little known jewel of Varaždin, a small historic town probably nobody has heard of around here, complete with tidbits about it's history, festivals, gastronomy and especially current thriving and emerging arts scene.

As for this short Zagreb video, the thing I like about it is the stuff I've mention here and there in this blog before, the whole old mixed with the new thing. There's some cool shots of the older medieval section of the city which I liked and have a thing for, the whole cobbled streets and newer shops and businesses mixed in among centuries old fortresses, manors and other buildings thing. (aka Gornji Grad including GradecKaptol and also parts of Donji grad district)

I've posted before about the various festivals, food offers, various galleries, events and points of interest regarding Zagreb, but not any of the things in this video. (Except my post about the Museum of Broken Relationships post) Zagreb as we know it today has a history recorded going back only to the year 1094, before that it was mainly a small fief consisting of Croatian fuedal lords, the local peasants and an ecclesiastic center, one of the younger later large cities. It didn't officially start becoming a capital city until the 17th century, because the earliest royal Croatian capital residences and administrative towns of Croatan Kings were actually located closer south along the Croatian coast where the earliest Croatian realms were founded in the early middle ages. Zagreb today is the capital city of Croatia and has a population of about 1,150,000, and it's the only million plus population city in all of Croatia.

This particular video mainly shows the less known charming, quainter and quiter side of Zagreb, things that give this part of the metropolis a small town cozy feel, almost transporting you back centuries like a time machine, it's pretty cool. Trust me, there's no shortage of malls, shopping complexes and modern events going on in Zagreb, but street scenes like in the video I hope will be around for many more centuries to come, you probably would have to experience it to know what I'm talking about, it's almost like an oasis from the usual goings on outside of this district. (Actually, Zagreb's 2 lakes are more like an oasis, but you get the idea) Motorized vehicles in these older cobbled roads sections of the city are actually prohibited, except of course the occasional official government license plated vehicle quietly heading towards the government sections, usually with their high tech weaponry armed and highly trained sunglassesed back seat death dealers for just in case of any shitfuckery, terrorists, litterers etc, and just the odd police car also of course. It's a pretty safe and violence free area though. In this district of Zagreb you have the leisure to eat and shop and stroll and hear or see absolutely no honking horns, no heavy traffic or congested streets, no traffic jams or sirens at all. All the trams drop you off right at the downtown main Ban Jelačić Square and you're good to go, or you can park nearby, see previous tram post HERE. (You will also be sadly dissapointed when looking for the closest Walmart though, because there aren't any)

This footage of Zagreb I would definitely compare to cities like Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava etc. Gothic architecture, a medieval ambiance and vibe mixed in along with more recent art deco, art nouveau and newer modern themes. I'm telling you, it's not that often that you can walk into a restaurant or pub, and across the street or right next door is a medieval building, or many centuries old fortress, manors and buildings once used by powerful barons and nobility etc. Or even the very shop building or pub you're in is perhaps centuries old. I would also compare the mentality and ambiance in these sections of Zagreb being similar to Split, Rijeka and Zadar etc, especially come the evening when all the cafe and pub/bar patios start filling up and summer outdoor events begin. The only thing you really have to worry about is the odd witch, vampire, ghoul or werewolf at night time, but they usually don't start coming out more often until about September and October.

Anyway, for more information if you know absolutely nothing about Zagreb hit the previous post tag links at the bottom, or you can always go to www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr to find out more.




Original video/article: www.newyorktimes.com








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