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Why visit National Park Plitvice Lakes in Croatia?

So I have been in National park Plitvice Lakes several times in the last month (I have stopped counting after my sixth visit), and after seeing all that natural beauty, I can only tell you – you should`t miss it! Continue reading Why visit National Park Plitvice Lakes in Croatia?

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Exploring Zagreb: the old town Medvedgrad

Although the center of Zagreb is the most visited part of my home town, I believe that travellers (and tourist) not knowing miss some of the best spots.

As it is, the best things are hard to find or you need to make an effort to see it. Medvedgrad (translation would be “bear-town”) is a medieval castel (fortified city) located on the southern slope of Medvednica, at the top of the hill Mali Plazur. A strategic location for sure because from there you have a perfect view over Zagreb.

Medvedgrad was built in 1254 but it was never attacted. There are lots of stories (and legends) about Medvedgrad and its lords, maybe the story about the countess Barbara of Celje (The Black Queen) is the most popular and years after the town was abandoned in 1590 (it was badly damaged by an earthquake), treasure hunters came searching for the treasure which allegedly was hidden there by the Black Queen.

Today you can still visit Medvedgrad. Some parts have been reconstructed, and you can find there a souvenir shop or make a tour with (or without) a guide. Recently Medvedgrad hosts many events and after visiting one music concert this summer, I must say that it was a wonderful experience seeing Medvedgrad in the evening.

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The Homeland Altar is a monument built in 1994 under the southern tower. It is a work of sculptor Kuzma Kovačić. You can see there an eternal flame in the honor of all Croatian heroes.

 

Admission ticket costs 15 kn (2 eur). It is opened every day except Monday. For the opening hours and more information please visit official site of the Nature Park Medvednica – Medvedgrad information.

If you like nature and walking I am sure you will enjoy this short trip. I believe that three hours is more than enough. When walking the trail don`t forget to take a bottle of water with you. Take a snack and enjoy the view!

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A view from the main tower.

Awsome island Hvar

Last week I was on island Hvar visiting a cosy town Stari Grad.

Everybody talks about town Hvar, lot of celebrities go there (Demi Moore was there this weekend) and it is pretty expensive but you have to pay that image. Stari Grad on the other hand is less crowded, quite but with richer history and it is a great port for boats of all kind (and ones ten time bigger then my house!). Anyway, I had opportunity to get to know Stari Grad and I was amazed!

Stari Grad (Old Town) was the main settlement and founded somewhere in 4th century BC. The first polis was named Pharos (Greek name, later Romans called it Faria in mid 1st century BC, and Croats gave it its Slavic name Hvar).

In 13th century AD a new capital of the island became the modern town Hvar. To distinguish Old and New capital the old capital Hvar was given name Stari Grad (Old Town in English).

Dalmatian pyramid

Well I know lot about my country but this is really new for me. Here are some interesting facts about so called Dalmatian pyramid. Thanks Alan for a great story!

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No, this is not a new discovery in line with “Bosnian pyramids”. This is just a possible explanation of a mysterious pyramid first drawn on a 1570 map that was based on an older map by Šibenik native Martin Kolunic Rota.

Pyramid in Zagora Pyramid in Zagora

I heard about it a while back. About the time when Bosnian pyramids were still making the news back in mid 2000s. A friend of mine – a legendary collector of all sorts of antiques, Ivica Ćurković  – told me that there is an image of a pyramid on an old map. Hmm… I saw it and there was no doubt that it was a real piece of late 1500s cartography. I personally bought a later version as the image was much more clear and all other details were pretty much the same. My map is this later one, by Merian from 1652. Simply a stunning…

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