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All Aboard the Birthday Train

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Hello, we're back from Zagreb, actually yesterday evening we arrived from our little trip. We were not gone very long but it seems like we were gone for days. It was wonderfully relaxing. The children had a ball!!!

We left our town, Čakovec, at 7:25 in the morning and arrived in Zagreb at 9:40. We were very lucky to get a compartment all to ourselves. It was very nice and clean.

Joshua and Hannah standing in front of our train. I know it's old and doesn't look like it should run but it was really smooth to be so old. Our seats were very comfy to be so old. With both windows open it was so wonderfully fresh.

Oh yea and the halls are that small. It was very difficult getting to the bathroom, especially when people were in the hall. The men were the worst; they refused to move over at all. Croats don't know the concept of personal space, I personally like mine.


Me and my kiddos. I sure love these guys. L to R: Joshua soon to 11, Hannah just turned 9, Me 33, and my big almost 14 year old. Wondering where my husband is??? Taking the pictures.



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Croatia is a lovely country. The foothills of the Alps end in Croatia. It's so clean and fresh. The red roofs are typical of Croatia and Europe in general.

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Joshua and Hannah really enjoyed the window. The wind was so fresh and cool. We always drive to the capitol and the train takes a different route so every thing was new.

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Destination: Zagreb, Croatia. Population 1 million, give or take a few little Croats. :0) Oh yea the sing says: Zagreb, Main Station.


Doing what I like best, browsing! ;o) We were headed to the top and I hollered at them for a sec, that's why they aren't all smiling. At the top of the hill you see the big Catholic church. What a totally dead place. How sad.

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This is Ban Jelečić, he was a regimental colonel for seven years along the Croatian military frontier and a Croatian Nation Hero. Oh yea that little figure to the left is Hannah.


After visiting the Subway for lunch, McDonalds for coffee and ice cream, the American book store and a few toy stores it was time to head home.


We were in the train station waiting for the departure when we hear someone holler out "Hey Americans!", we looked over to see a man from our church. Danijel was returning from Serbia after visiting some family. Danijel is very special to our family and really a part of the family now. Anyhoo, his cousin in Serbia bet him that he would not wear a military Serbia T-shirt in the Croatian capital. (Croatia and Serbia were in war from the 80's till 91, they HATE each other) So we took a pic of Danijel standing in his Serbian shirt when a policeman decided he didn't like what was going on. Luckily we weren’t involved but he ran Danijel through the system. The policeman said he was only concerned for Daniel’s life but more than likely he fought the Serbs in the war and could have even lost loved ones. The conflict between the two countries is still very real and more than likely always will be. Danijel was let off with a warning and quickly went and changed out of the offending garment. We had a nice time sharing our car with Danijel on the way home. What a coincidence to run into someone we know in such a huge place.

We really did have a wonderful time. We have all decided that we love trains now. We have flown many times but no matter how nice the plane is it's no camparison to a train trip. Too bad the train doesn't cross the Atlantic, we would be tempted. ;0)

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! And, you have such a beautiful family. May the Lord bless you as you reach the people of Croatia.

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  2. Thanks alot Heather, I think my family is pretty special too. :0)

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  3. I love the photos.
    Croatia looks like a beautiful place.
    I love train rides. When I was younger, my grandma took us on a three hour train ride to Toronto, Canada. It was beautiful seeing the countryside.
    Glad your family had a nice time.
    I always enjoy seeing the pictures.

    ~ Christina
    HsKubes HomeSchool Haven
    HsKubes Haven for Home
    Christian Military HomeSchool Mamas

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  4. Oh, great pictures. You made me feel like I was there with you all. It looks like you had a lot of fun. I loved the one where you called them, they all look so natural. lol Wow, the little passage way in the train is so narrow. I'm sure it was a birthday trip they will not forget. I'm glad your friend got released with just a warning. I didn't picture Croatia that way. Thanks for enlightening me. ;0)

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  5. Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. I love the pictures. I'm glad you all had a wonderful day.

    Blessings,

    Carol

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  7. Love the pics! Croatia looks like a beautiful place!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. C

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  8. That looks like so much fun & beautiful, too. What a good family you have.

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  9. Thanks for posting the pictures...I agree, Croatia is very beautiful!

    I also want to thank you for the music on your blog.....I left my computer on your site yesterday so that I could hear the music while cleaning. (o:

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  10. Great photos Tori! It looks like y'all had a really good time!

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  11. Great photos, it looks like you had a great day out.

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  12. Wow, sounds like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the pictures!

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  13. Hi Tori,
    I am so glad that you had a wonderful time. It looks like a fun filled day.

    ~Kristi

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  14. Oh Ladies,
    We did have such a wonderful time. It was so relaxing and not at all what I expected. :0)

    Croatia is beautiful and so clean. When we go to the states it kinda bothers us that people can be so dirty. The clean everything, it's a very nice place to serve.

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  15. I am so glad you all had such a good time!
    Thank you for a glimpse into the beautiful country. And I also agree...you have a beautiful family, too! :)
    Blessings,
    ~Tammy

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  16. Everything looks so lovely! Hubby and I dream of taking our family on a trip by train someday :)

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