The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Lots to do in Zagreb

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants are everywhere, what really surprised me however is the amount of outdoor seating with large heaters to keep you warm. I arrived March 6th and it was freezing.

Check out the temperature

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Everyone is wearing coats

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

The cold days don’t seem to bother the locals in the outdoor bars.

Rugged up for evening drinks

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

The overhead heaters are very warm indeed, the problem is my back was freezing. Another problem for me is they smoke inside the restaurants as well.

Main Square

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From my hotel window is Main Square or Ban Jelačić Square.

Josip Jelačić

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Josip Jelačić was the Ban of Croatia between 23 March 1848 and 19 May 1859. He was a member of the House of Jelačić and a noted army general, remembered for his military campaigns during the Revolutions of 1848 and for his abolition of serfdom in Croatia.

Buskers in Zagreb

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Three buskers doing their best to earn some money in Zagreb.

Here is a sample of their haunting music

Hotel Dubrovnik

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

The hotel is in a perfect location overlooking the Main Square. Nice rooms with free internet, I got a great rate by booking through Agoda.

Zagreb Cathedral

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    The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and the tallest building in Croatia.  

Leonardo Restaurant

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  Good food and wine at a very reasonable price. Pasta and 2 glasses of Merlot for $18 aud.  

Leonardo Restaurant

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

A narrow lane in Zagreb.

Statue of Petrica Kerempuh

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  Standing in a small square filled with flower stalls is a mischievous looking statue of Petrica Kerempuh, the work of sculptor Vanja Radauš. A much-loved character from Croatian literature, Petrica Kerempuh is a plebeian prophet, rascal and cynical commentator on contemporary events, a sort of predecessor of modern standup comedians. His most notable incarnation can be found in “The Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh” (1936), written by Croatia’s leading 20th-century writer Miroslav Krleža.  

Statue of August Šenoa

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I’m not sure what this simple sculpture represents. 

Statue of August Šenoa

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Perhaps he is waiting for a bus. 🙂

The Corner Bar

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    A very nice cafe with good coffee, service  and nice decor.  

Late night drinks at the Corner Bar

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This friendly bar quickly became my favorite spot in Zagreb

Bulldog Bar & restaurant

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A very nice upmarket bar with one major problem, 70% of the customers are smoking which for me spoils the whole atmosphere. 

Bulldog Bar

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The smoke nearly killed me, but is was so cold outside I had to grin and bear it.

Boban restaurant

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

A very good low price restaurant located about 200 meters from the Main square.

Cannelloni at Boban

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Very nice food here, put it on your bucket list.

Dolac Market

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  Dolac is a farmers’ market and is the most visited and the best known farmer’s market in Zagreb.  

Main Square from my hotel

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Fabulous view of the main square from my hotel window.

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

There were many restaurants only 10 minutes walk from my hotel.

Agava rated 3rd from 394 on tripAdviser

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For me however I was not to impressed with the food. I have a feeling they cater for tourists and I guess they are the people who do the reviews on TripAdviser.

Marija Jurić Zagorka

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In a 2005 poll compiled by Vjesnik, a Zagreb daily newspaper, Zagorka came second in the list of most popular Croatian writers of all time.  

Vinodol at Ulica Nikole Tesle 10

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  A very popular restaurant with good food and service. A short walk from the Main Square.  

Super hero in Main Square

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    There was always something happening in main square.

Time to catch a train to Split

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

I actually had a terrible train trip to Budapest, I should have taken the bus. There were so many delays the journey took about 4 hours longer than it should have.

Hari krishna in Zagreb  

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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