Balkan break

0345 am Friday morning and the alarm went off.  Time to get myself up and head down to Heathrow for a long weekend break in Zagreb.  Jim had picked Matt up on Thursday evening after work and taken him on up to Birmingham for a Brum brothers weekend.

I was greeted in Zagreb with fresh snow on the ground and Vicki waiting at the airport.  She whisked me back through the lower new town, over the Sava River, through the old town and up the hill to her top floor apartment.  The early morning got the better of me and it wasn't long before I was snoring on the sofa!

After a very civilised siesta we headed out into the snow to slip and slop our way in to town, past the cathedral and down to the street of a thousand bars!  We only ticked one off the list - the Oliver Twist - before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.

On Saturday morning we were up at the crack of dawn to get down to the market.  We mooched through the fresh fruit & vege, the flowers, avoided the fish market, averted gaze past the butchers and on to the cheese and deli counters to buy local cheese, olives and bread.  We were wandering back up the street looking for a coffee shop when one of Vicki's friends from the Amerian embassy came running up the street shouting greetings but she was late for a tour of the cathedral, come join her.  We chased after her and were rewarded with a private tour of the cathedral treasures, including a mumified baby!  With all that excitement we headed off for coffee and cake and found the best ever coffee and cake shop, Amilie.  Sated, we went for a wander and found a shoe shop with an incredible sale and we both ended up walking out the shop, proud owners of shiny new boots. 


After another siesta we headed back out into town for a drink with friends and then on to the Esplanade Hotel for a cheeky glass of champagne while watching the snow flutter past the window.  Pure decadence.
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