Epic European Cycle : 2015-08-26 : Varaždin

Activity
Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle Cakovec to Varazdin $0.00 0.00 0.00 Day 57: 19km: Total 2454km
Sight See Špancirfest $0.00 Hair stylist, Ana, told us about this
Sight See Svijet Kukaca (World of Insects) $8.00
Sight See Muzej Vatrogastva $0.00 Fire fighting museum
Accommodation
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Bed and Breakfast Garestin Restaurant and B&B Booking.com Varaždin $75.00 Incl breakfast
A good, basic place to stay
Property is conveniently located. Room was small and basic. No good bicycle parking - we had to just put our bikes in an unsecured (but covered) corner of the parking lot where they were sort of in the way of staff/supplies. Breakfast was very good. The dining room is nice, with appealing consignment art on the walls, including several beautiful pieces by Ljubo Lah


Trip Log

Notes Actions
Turned out that Varazdin was only 19km down the road, so we had an extremely short, easy ride today. We had plenty of time to enjoy Špancirfest, saw the castle, went to the entomology museum and the fire fighting museum, and saw an amazing troupe of old folks playing, singing and dancing some traditional Croatian numbers.

The fire fighting museum was particularly cool. We were greeted at the door by our "guide" - a fire fighter who normally works out of Zagreb, but comes to Varazdin museum when they're expecting crowds. He spoke quite good English, in spite of our being his first-ever visitors from an English-speaking country. He had attended his first fire when he was 14-years-old. Apparently the rules were pretty lax about what age they would send guys out up until recently when they had a team of fire-fighters die attending a fire on an island. They don't know what happened - the island is grass, not forest, so it's a mystery why the guys died. Some of them were under 18-years-old, which is really tragic, and if I understand correctly, was the driving force behind Croatia getting stricter about not sending under-age fellas out to fires. Anyway, our guide was really awesome. He took us through the whole museum, explaining everything as we went.


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