We were relieved when we entered the hotel, although there was definitely an air of austerity permeating the place. Contributing to it was the lengthy list of “Rules of the Room,” which we brought down to the hotel’s restaurant to read during dinner. There could be repercussions for all sorts of infractions, including “Too loud playing of radio and television.” Even Carson looked askance at the restrictions.
Other reading material was more encouraging. For example, one brochure presented this option for a day tour with the travel agency located in the hotel: “Depart from your hotel to Stubica. Visit to Castle Oršić, the Museum of Peasant Revolt of 1573. On to Kumrovev, visiting the ethnological museum. Exhibitions on the life and work of the countrymen of Hrvatsko Zagorje through the 19th and 20th centuries. Continuing on to the fortified castle Velili Tabor, classified as a prime category UNESCO monument. Return to Zagreb in the afternoon. Price: 265 kn (36 Euro).”
Another flyer offered one, two, and three day excursions on the Wine and Gourmet Roads of Croatia. Here’s one that piqued my interest: “Golden Valley Wine Road: The Illyrians, the Romans, and the Jesuits all marked the glorious history of the Golden Valley, graced by the town of Kutjevo and its renowned wine cellar, which dates back to 1232. The famous white grape variety of Welschriesling helped boost Baron Trenk’s amorous prowess in his encounters with the Empress Maria Teresa. Nowadays, one can taste this famous variety whilst listening to the host’s tales of ancient legends!”
Whilst we didn’t have time for these appealing adventures, we did want to see a bit of the city, so checked out of the hotel early the following morning.
We found numerous shopping opportunities: I’d never seen so many false eyelashes in a storefront window, and Keith looked at dress shoes, but settled for strawberries.
Flowers and statues were everywhere as we made our way to take a look at the cathedral, which was expecting a visit from the pope in a few days.