Zagreb is the capital and largest city in Croatia and our first stop on our recent trip to Croatia. After arriving at the airport after our short flight from Paris we picked up our rental car and immediately went to our hotel where we took a much needed nap. International travel can be tiresome.
We ate dinner and decided we should at least take a short walk around our hotel and while it was absolutely not the most glamorous part of the city it was authentic and maybe that is what appeals to me the most.
The buildings were old, crumbling in places, embellished with graffiti and had character.
Zagreb has a long history dating back to Roman times. The oldest settlement located in the vicinity of the city was the Roman Andautoria. According to sources in Wikipedia the name “Zagreb” was recorded in 1134 .
It is old. In so many ways.
It saw limited fighting during the 1991–1995 Croatian War of Independence.
That isn’t that long ago and I remember seeing images but never thinking I would ever visit the country where this event occurred. When we were driving through the country over the next 10 days we saw signs of that war in the way of bombed out buildings that had yet to be torn down or rebuilt. It made it very real when we saw roadside memorial sites as well.
The buildings and sites that I photographed were not the normal ones that tourists visit and include in their vacation photos.
I suspect that if I knew what some of the graffiti actually said I would be horrified that I had posted a picture on my blog. I am pretty sure there are anti-semitic remarks and other derogatory things in these graffiti marked buildings.
We didn’t encounter too many people when we were walking during this evening but those we did nodded to the obvious tourists and let us go our way.
Definitely not a tourist spot but a place that had texture and life etched on every square inch. This is the Zagreb I first encountered and loved.
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Your photos are wonderful! You showed us the ‘real’ Zagreb and that makes it so much more interesting than the tourist spots. I found myself wondering why there weren’t many people out in your street shots. Was it an unsafe area? The graffiti makes me think so.
These images far surpass any polished tourist scenes for their authenticity. I appreciate this earthy and realistic view of this city. Well done, my friend, well done.
Thanks, Audrey. That means a lot coming from you. There was a lot of texture in this area of the city.
It’s good to go off the beaten path and explore. I’d rather find authentic things than do all the touristy stuff… The pics reminded me a bit of small town Germany but a little more shabby.
So “real” and aesthetically gorgeous! While looking at each photo, I could totally sense the native souls who reside behind those windows, doors, walls, gates, padlocks(!) and shutters.
Thanks so much. It was fun to photograph this area and get a little different view.
What an amazing overview. It has never crossed my mind to check out Croatia, but thanks to you I got to live vicariously through your blog and give it a quick look see. My favorite part of touristing is just walking around and taking pics of the surroundings. You took full advantage, for this I thank you!
This looks like “the back side” of so many U.S. cities…well, in Washington the graffiti is usually in English…more or less.
I agree, Priscilla. I suspect that is where we were–the back side!
I loved your photo tour – you are the only person I know who has traveled here.
What a fascinating place! It’s nice to go off the beaten path sometimes.
We often find the off the beaten path areas—it’s always an adventure.