Friday, December 7, 2018

Around Zagreb center

We have never ventured inside the Archaeology Museum of Zagreb 
~ AMZ ~ Arheološki muzej
The courtyard is super unique...

free the explore

We are fans of the restaurant Brewbites, which is across the street
and has its outside terrace in the AMZ courtyard,
an American style restaurant
amongst an array of ancient
amazing stone monuments.

"Stone monuments from the Greek and Roman periods, of varied purpose and content, represent one of the more important segments of the rich classical collections of the Archaeological Museum. The wide selection of Roman stone monuments, organized into several thematic units, is exhibited partly in the ground level entrance to the museum, but primarily in the garden courtyard of the museum, both under modern arcades and in the open air. Various stone monuments of large dimensions and weight, such as milestones, inscriptions, monumental statues, altars, tombstones, sarcophagi, and others, are exhibited here."
Quote from AMZ website

Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19 
(Zrinjevac park), 
 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 1 4873 100

sarcophagi -a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece.

We eat inside Brewbites, but we do frequently cut through the courtyard,
Possibly someday, soon we will make time to tour the inside of the museum...
and maybe even eat or relax over coffee on the terrace.
The courtyard is worth stopping and taking a look around!

"The archaeological collection of the State Institute had been kept in the Academy mansion at Zrinski Square from the 1880s and remained there until 1945, when the museum moved to its current location at the 19th-century Vranyczany-Hafner mansion, 19 Zrinski Square."  wikipedia

All pictures I took over this past summer and fall.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

- Christmas in Zagreb centar

Today is the official start of 

Advent in Zagreb.

The city’s annual outdoor Christmas Market!
Advent u Zagrebu

When: 12-01-2018 thru 01-06-2019

This is our 6th Christmas living in Zagreb! 
And each year we have enjoyed the center at Christmas time. 
And each year it has grown bigger and better... 

You can get everywhere on foot, one of the many things I love about Zagreb.
We wander down and around as often as we can, 
and still don't get to see, do or eat everything!

 Revisit our past Seasons:

Last season at St. Marks Square, upper city

Zagreb ~ December 2017- January 2018

Zagreb center ~ Advent celebration.

Christmas in the tunnel.


From the upper city, lower, 
Ban Jelacic Square and spilling out all around, 
wherever you walked 
(Tomićeva, Kurelčeva, Bogoviceva & Gajeva streets, and Cvjetni, EU, Tomislav, Squares, to Zrinjevac park and more),
 night or day. 
The whole area becomes so festive with beautiful trees, 
Christmas decorations, and colorful lights. 
There something for everyone to buy, see, listen too and enjoy! 
There is plenty of free entertainment on many of the squares. 
Oh and the wonderful smells; roasting chestnuts, meats, apples, hot chocolate, 
and my personal favorite ~ fritule ~ (in-between a donut-hole and fried dough) yummy!


Advent Zagreb was voted #1
Best Christmas Market 2016
Best Christmas Market 2017
and Best Christmas Market 2018
by European best


Christmas Market 2016-2017

Advent ~ Nov 28, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

The main square by day. (Tom buying a hotdog for lunch)
Ban Josip Jelačić Square
The main square and the open air stage with free music and events; 
Surrounding streets - coffee bars had seasonal décor (blankets & heaters too!:) many with their own performers;
European Square with its 1000 heart canopy and bubble stage.
(Advent na glavnom Trgu, i Advent na Europskom trgu )
 Zrinjevac Park - (Advent na Zrinjevcu). My personal favorite!
I love these huge trees, made extra special with white lights.  We shopped at the cute white wooden craft booths and enjoyed a few very good performers at the old music pavilion.
Ice park @ King Tomislav Square - (Ledeni park na Tomislavcu) 
Coolest skating rink ever! And this year they added a viewing deck above the skate rental shop.  

December 2014

This was the year of the "lighting of the lanterns"

Our First Christmas in Zagreb 2013

us @ Advent u Zagrebu 2013 

A bit of trivia via www -

A traditional Christmas market is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. The history goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire.
The Vienna "December market" was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. Munich winter market was first mentioned in 1310, Frankfurt in 1393, and the Dresden Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434, With time, craftspeople began setting up stands at winter markets to sell baskets, toys, and woodcarvings. There were also booths ...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

HR TV interview

The Potters House CFC, Zagreb, HR

Kršćanskoj Crkvi

Croatian Radio and Television (HRT)

I really don't know how to upload video, but we had a great TV interview with HRT and you can find it on the church facebook page, Loncareva kuca. 

Spring at The Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church

Now summer is here, 
if you are in Zagreb, 
come and join us, 
the rest of you continue to pray for us! 

Kršćanskoj Crkvi ~ Svi dobrodošli 

Pentecostal ~ Christian Fellowship Ministry ~ All welcome 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Celebrate summer by being creative

On a warm Saturday in June 2017

Pebble art, 
rock scriptures,
beach balls,
ice-breaker questions,
games, food, fellowship, 
and the Word of God.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

... Might have gotten a bit carried away in the prep...

We all know we are made in the image of God. 
The first thing we read about God is he created! 
Therefore we all have some creative gene in us too! 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1 
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Genesis 1:27 

we had a great time getting creative... on the cheap!

Lončareva kuća, Zagreb

Check back to see what we come up with this June!
Just sayin'
Summer comes early here.
 In Zagreb, this month of May brought increasingly hot days, lots of humidity with (almost) daily thundershowers and crazy lighting shows. As I write, it is late afternoon, 84F and I can hear the thunder in the distance.
(Just took in my laundry:)
Tonight the sun doesn't set until 20:35 and then it raises at 5:09 tomorrow. On average it is about 1/2 hour extra daylight and at least 10 degrees warmer than the Cape.

FYI: Over the course of May in Zagreb, from the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 8 minutes, implying an average weekly increase of 15 minutes, 49 seconds. The shortest day, May 1, with 14 hours, 20 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 27 minutes of daylight. The latest sunrise of the month in Zagreb is 5:43 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 34 minutes earlier at 5:10 AM on May 31. The earliest sunset is 8:03 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 34 minutes later at 8:37 PM on May 31. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night. The chance that a given day will be muggy in Zagreb is essentially constant during May...the typical weather in Zagreb year-round, based on a statistical analysis... from and