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Zagreb (by Alain – Saturday 8th to Friday 14th)

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Zagreb (by Alain – Saturday 8th to Friday 14th)

Our 6 days in Zagreb is finished – a city in which we were very confortable both with our hosts and with the city since it has many similarities to Ottawa: comparable in size (both the suburbs and the downtown core), nature is close by, it is very safe... However Zagreb definitively has its affinities to a small to mid-size European city: traditional red tile roofs, 3-5 story high buildings, an efficient tram system, narrow cobblestone streets, a grand cathedral and many church spires, visible in every direction… Zagreb is actually an attractive city if you are able to look past the enormous amount of graffiti and the fact that most buildings look run down. The lack of upkeep to the buildings is in part due to the fact that from the end of WW2 to 1992, this entire region was governed by the former Yugoslavia. Under that regime, the state owned all of the land and buildings. Therefore, once you were established in a home, you could live in it rent-free and pass it on to your next of kind. However, you never actually owned the house and therefore had little motivation to renovate it. It also meant that houses were divided into as many apartments as possible. As a result, a house today can be owned by more than one owner, making it therefore difficult to make arrangement for the renovations.

In Zagreb, we also had our first travel incident: Chloée sprained her ankle running down stairs. We decided, due to the gravity of the sprain, to have a doctor make a house call at our friends’ home. His recommendation was to have an x-ray to make sure there were no broken bones in the foot. During the first visit at the children’s hospital, x-rays were done and the doctor decided to give Chloée a half-cast as a precautionary measure and have the situation re-evaluated 2 days later. We were somewhat surprised by the doctor’s decisions, since there were no evident fracture showing in the x-rays, but still went along with his decision.

We still managed to visit Zagreb with Chloée on her crutches, and I would also carry her on my back when she was no longer able to follow.

During our second visit to the hospital, another doctor again reviewed the x-rays and a short examination was done on Chloée’s foot. Since Chloée showed very little sign of painm her cast was removed and we were free to leave the hospital. The longest part of the hospital visit was to figure out how and were we were supposed to pay the hospital… not speaking the language did not help out, but the staff was very kind and helpful: at one point, we were at a standstill, not being able to understand the directions to the office were we had to pay. We were therefore asked to follow a hospital staffer to the proper location – good thing since the hospital was quite a maze!

In short:
House call by the doctor, with a 20hr response-time between the e-mail request sent late in the evening and the visit to the house the next afternoon – cost $50 CDN
First hospital visit – total time 1.5hrs
Second hospital visit – Total time 1 hrs
Total payment to the hospital - $40 CDN
Equals one healed ankle and a very happy girl (and parents)

All in all Zagreb, was a great stop on our itinerary. Thanks to our generous hosts – David, Bianca, Ethan, Matisse – we got the chance to discover a region unknown to us… and thanks to their generous support, the ankle incident was much less complex and painful than it could have been!! We look forward to seeing you again when both our families are back in Ottawa next summer (we owe you dinner)!

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Zagreb train station en route for Venice

Zagreb train station en route for Venice

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Posté par Abud Nantel 02:33 Archivé dans Croatie Tagué croatia Commentaires (5)

Zagreb (par : Chloée)

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Voir Aventure 2011 2012 sur la carte de Abud Nantel.

Aujourd’hui on est à Zagreb.

On va au marché, on voit plein de choses : des fruits et des légumes, des fleurs, des boutiques de souvenirs. Je me suis achetée des boucles d’oreilles en forme de champignons, qui ont été fabriquées par quelqu’un qui vient de Split (une autre ville en Croatie).

On mange de la bonne crème glacée au Cookie Factory. C’était bon.

Après, on prend un tram et on prend un funiculaire (c’est un des plus petits du monde).

On a fait un tour de petit train et on a visité la ville.

Aussi, on a visité une cathédrale. Elle était grande et les vitraux étaient beaux.

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Zagreb - Cookie Factory

Posté par Abud Nantel 11:00 Archivé dans Croatie Tagué zagreb Commentaires (1)

Ma semaine en Croatie (par : Arianne)

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Cette semaine, j’ai pris le train de Ulm à Munich et puis un autre jusqu’à Zagreb, pendant 11 heures. Le paysage était beau : on a vu les Alpes.
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Voici ce que j’ai fait depuis que je suis arrivée à Zagreb :

1. On est venu chez une amie de ma mère. Elle a deux garçons. Un des garçons a le même âge que moi et il s'appelle Matisse. L'autre garçon a 12 ans et on dort dans sa chambre.

2. On est allé à un hôtel. Il y avait trois piscines dedans. Dans une des trois, on pouvait aller dedans et dehors, et je suis allée dehors. On est resté là deux jours. On était tous seuls.
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3. On est allé voir des chutes dans une montagne. On a pris aussi un bateau sur un lac, dans la montagne. On a aussi pris un autobus pour redescendre, parce qu'on était fatigué. Et on a eu du chocolat, pour nous donner des forces!
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4. On est revenu à Zagreb et Chloée s'est tordu la cheville. On a appelé un docteur et il a dit qu'elle devait aller à l'hôpital pour prendre des radiographies, et elle a eu un demi-plâtre et des béquilles. On a visité la ville de Zagreb et c'était bien. Il y a plein de marchés.

Et j'ai appris un peu de Croate.

Voici les mots que je sais et en Croate et en Allemand.

En allemand:
- nul, ein, tzvei,drei, fir, funf (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- ein klein schwartz schwein (un petit cochon noir)
- guten nacht (bonne nuit)
- guten tag (bonjour)
- danke shoen (merci)

En croate:
- dobre dan (bonjour)
- pet (cinq)

Posté par Abud Nantel 08:08 Archivé dans Croatie Tagué zagreb Commentaires (5)

Croatian Surprises... (par: Manon)

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We arrived in Zagreb late Saturday night, to be met at the Glavni Kolod (central train station) by our friend Bianca. We quickly whisked everyone home to bed, because we were heading to the Adriatic coast the next morning... Croatia was a surprise for us - we had been so caught up with preparing our trip and exiting Canada that we had not really done any research on this little country. All we had registered was that it was formerly part of Yougoslavia, and that it had a coast... Well! What a coast it is!

A two hour drive across the mountainous country side (Chloée was begging us for Gravol by the time we arrived) brought us to tiny Novi Vinodolski. This is the 'off' season, and we were just a few days late to catch the 30C weather they enjoyed here last week... Darn it!! On the other hand, it was somewhat surreal to spend 24 hours in the stunningly beautiful Novi Spa Hotel & Resort... All ALONE! We saw no more than 10 other guests during our entire stay - not to mention that we barely saw any staff, and they seem to have forgotten to turn on the heaters in the pool... But despite the relative chilliness of the water, the kids still managed to keep us in a pool-steam bath-pool rotation for 3hours. It felt like being at Le Nordik, but quieter and more Mediterranean!

The weather was also bit too cool to allow us to enjoy a long swim in the Adriatic, but nonetheless, Alain and I proudly dove in for a brief moment (Baie of Chaleur training camps paid off). The water is crystal clear, and the sea floor covered with white pebbles. Lavender, thyme and pine grow wild everywhere, and the wind carries their scent throughout the day and night. The coastline is but a thin strip of white pebbles, at the foot of rugged hills that rise steeply out of the water and on the flanks of which tiny white villages seem to cling for dear life. Thousands of craggy islands dot the coastline, only a small fraction of which are inhabited. The scenery is simply breathtaking. Sitting on the hotel's white terrace, enjoying a capuccino as the sun shone brightly on the sea, I felt for a moment like a Hollywood star...

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The next morning, with the weather still sunny but cool, we decided to head inland to explore another facet of the country: Plitvice Lakes National Park, a Unesco world heritage site. Again, words and photographs can't begin to capture the magical beauty of this forest... If one were to imagine the land where fairies and elves dwell, this would be it... Imagine a forest lush and green, dotted with literally hundreds of translucent turquoise lakes - so clear that we could see fish swimming in their depths - and cascading waterfalls. The fairies even offered us a full rainbow! Again, the word magical comes to mind...

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After a beautiful 4 hours hike, we stopped for some hearty Croatian fare at a local restaurant, and then headed back to Zagreb - having dutifully loaded Chloée up with Gravol before leaving (unfortunately, our friend's son Matisse got his dose too late and left a bit of his dinner on the side of the road... Yes, the roads are that winding!).

Today was to be a day of homework and rest - and we did work hard for a good portion of the day - but our afternoon stroll about town began with Chloée tripping on some steps and injuring her ankle. For the moment, she can't walk on it... Alain was a superdad and carried her on his back so she could see a bit of Zagreb before returning home, but despite his claim of being the family's 'yak', we'll be heading to the clinic tomorrow, hoping that Advil, ice and rest will have her back on her feet before we head to Venice on Friday!

Our thanks to Bianca, David, Matisse and Ethan for opening their home to us and for generously giving us this opportunity to discover some of Croatia's many beauties!

Oh yes... and now that we're back in Zagreb, it was hot and sunny today! Grrr....

Posté par Abud Nantel 13:28 Archivé dans Croatie Tagué zagreb novi_vinodolski plitvice_lakes Commentaires (2)

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