Once settled into our hotel, we walked the area around our hotel and found a sharp contrast to Rome - less crowded streets, more sidewalk cafes and smiling faces. Our spirits high, we now look forward to the adventures that await us.
A guided walking tour this morning of Zagreb's Upper and Lower town, provided us with a brief insight to Croatia's capitol. Riding Europe's shortest funicular to the Upper Town, we toured the Museum of Naive Art featuring impressive works of untrained artists of the 20th Century. We then stood in the midst of the Croatian Parliament Square where our guide shared insight into this quiet democratic nation. After going to the Cathedral of the Assumption and learning of it's history, we descended to the Lower Town and the colorful open-air market, called Dolac.
If Zagreb is any indication, the people of Croatia are kind, courteous, (and from a male eye - the women are attractive, very attractive), and the pace of city is life is much different than that of Italy from whence we had just come.