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The first stop on my north Balkan trip was Zagreb. It's a very beautiful city, full of gorgeous women, but unfortunately there's not much to do. I wandered around most of the town in a couple of hours, including going up and down hills. It doesn't really seem to be a tourist city, or a party city.
Some places look great from the outside, but sadly Zagreb's most famous landmark, the cathedral, was covered in scaffolding. I assume for some sort of renovation work. Luckily, most religious buildings, whether in Paris, Budapest or at home in London have fantastic interiors. Zagreb Cathedral was no exception.
I was amazed as soon as I walked in. I sneakily brought out my camera and took a few shots. No-one seemed to mind. I then got out my tripod and reeled off a few more exposures. A nun walked past me, smiled, and carried on. It turns out that 90% of the churches in this part of the world allow non-flash photography inside with no problem whatsoever. Such a change from most countries I've visited.
During my shoot, an elderly Croat woman walked by, smiled and said something to me. Upon telling her I didn't understand, she laughed and walked off. Later on, she returned and spoke to me once more. I repeated that I didn't understand Croatian. Regardless, she spent the next 20 minutes telling me a story. It was very entertaining. She had different voices for different parts or characters in the tale. When she laughed, I laughed and when her tone became sombre, I put on my serious face. I took from her body language and sound effects that part of the story was about something falling over. This could mean that she was giving me information about the cathedral, as it partly collapsed during an earthquake in 1880.
I'd definitely visit Croatia again, but next time will be around the coast to places like Split, Dubrovnik and Hvar. I maybe even add it on to a Bosnia trip.
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Canon EOS 500D / 5D Mark II / ISO 200 / f/16 / 17-40mm @ 17mm