Croatia 2014 part 4, Zagreb on it’s way.

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Our last stop on our way back to Istanbul was two nights in Zagreb, capital of Croatia. We stayed at the opulent Esplanade Hotel that dates back to the Orient express days and it had it’s heyday in the 1920’s and 30’s when Europe was in the throws of change for the worse and it has only been restored in the last 10 years to it’s former glory. The whole city is much the same with some fabulous buildings from both the turn of the century, the 30’s and then back to the Austro Hungarian Empire times of the 19th century. there is still a lot of restoration work to be done but there is a good vibe in the city and they are on their way. We did lots of exploring in the limited time we had in the old town and New town areas IMG_7834 IMG_7836 The Art Nouveau and Deco period building rival those in Budapest and Prague. IMG_7838 IMG_7840 IMG_7844 IMG_7848 CIMG0710CIMG0716  CIMG0729 The Grand esplanade hotel located next to the stunning 1900’s railway station is back to it’s glory days. CIMG0734 IMG_7862 IMG_7870 IMG_7874 IMG_7876 IMG_7882 And of course like all great European Cities of the 19th Century they had to have a stunning Opera House. IMG_7864 The stunning staircase and Foyer of The Grand esplanade Hotel IMG_7909 IMG_2463

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