Zagreb Impressions

I’m not real creative with the title for these photos.  There is no grand theme it seems.

Maja Hrgovic writes in her short story Zlatka,

I lived near the train station in a neighborhood built many decades ago for the families of railroad workers and machinists.  Like tombstones over grave mounds, hardened chimneys rose from parallel rows of elongated one-story buildings.

We stayed in this area for a week.  The evenings reflected the history more vividly.

Full Moon from Balcony
Full Moon from Balcony
Local Cat at Night
Local Cat at Night

Fifty meters away we could leave this world by bus and tram.  Both stops overlooked a grand Yugoslavian era boulevard reflecting the new Croatia with gardens and the National and University Library.

Busstop
Busstop
Zagreb to New Zagreb
Zagreb to New Zagreb
National and University Library
National and University Library

With weekly tram tickets we explored many different neighborhoods of Zagreb:  Down to the Sava river which flows clear, up to upper town by funicular, through curvy streets and market.

Sava River
Sava River
Rising in the Funicular
Rising in the Funicular
Cathedral from Central Market Side Street
Cathedral from Central Market Side Street

Occasionally, interesting little experiences excited us.

Weaving Demonstration at central square
Weaving Demonstration at central square
Lunch at Fast Food No. 1, fresh from the open air market
Lunch at Fast Food No. 1, fresh from the open air market
Stone Gate chapel pilgrimage has the chains from Nelson's HMS Victory.
Stone Gate chapel pilgrimage has the chains from Nelson’s HMS Victory.
Only three different dishes served, we had two.
Only three different dishes served, we had two.

Solar System in Zagreb

The Grounded Sun sculpture by Ivan Kožarić was completed in 1971.  It came to its final location in 1994.  In 2004 Davor Preis complemented it by adding the planets according to scale all around the city.

Grounded Sun by Ivan Kožarić in 1971
Grounded Sun by Ivan Kožarić in 1971

We went on an adventure to see how many we could find, walking and using the trams.  The first one was hard.  We walked around the building several times until a passing local pointed it out.  It was the first time she had ever heard of this project.

Here are our finds:

Mercury
Mercury
Venus
Venus

Earth
Earth

I’m from here; she is too; so are you.

Mars
Mars

Appropriately, Mars is found at a coffee house specializing in sweets.


We looked for Jupiter.  We arrived at one square (Trg in Croatian) only to find we had to continue by bus.  To find Pluto, you need to take a suburban train out a couple of stops and go through an underpass.

It was an interesting experience looking at architecture in a different perspective.  Years ago when M was just learning about space, I made a similar model using the sun as a basketball in the inside court at our Frankfurt apartment on Feuerbachstr.  The outer planets in theory stretched beyond the Deutsche Bank plaza where M practiced bicycle riding on Sundays.