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Croatia – The Mediterranean as it once was

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Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast. Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic Sea.

This was my first visit to the country. Croatia is not yet a member of the European Union, as such maintains an exclusive border with its neighbour Slovenia which I travelled via train to. Let’s leave that for the next post.

I only had little time to wonder around the capital city, Zagreb to catch the sights. As it was late winter, the weather was truly unforgiving with bouts of sudden blizzards and intermittent sunshine in between.

Zagreb does not have an underground train system and as such, the tram remains the main mode of public transportation. I stayed at the Westin Zagreb, located in the heart of the city with easy connections via tramway to most of the city.

The hotel itself has seen better days but I must say that it has been very well maintained. I got upgraded to their “Westin Guest Office” upon check-in, which was essentially a junior suite. Here are a few pictures of the room.

A view of the living area with a peek at the bedroom, separated by sliding doors.

There was complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the hotel – the presence of a proper working desk and working chair really helped as I was on a 2.5 week working trip.

The bed, as with all other Westins that I have stayed in, featured the Heavenly Bed with a firm pocket spring mattress with a plush top. That’s my suitcase at the foot of the bed. I have since purchased a similar mattress for my own bed at home. 🙂

The bathroom had a huge standing shower featuring the Heavenly Shower, with amenities. The whole bathroom was clad in Italian marble, with heated floors and mirror.

More on Zagreb next…


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26 May 2009 at 10:22

IST-ZAG (Turkish Airlines TK1449)

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Istanbul was fantastic although the weather wasn’t.  I felt that I had to come back once more to explore the city in a more thorough manner as I rarely made my way around much.

Anyway, it was time to move on to Zagreb, this time on Turkish Airlines once more.

I arrived at Ataturk Airport, check-in was a breeze through the business class counters – however the economy lines were choc-a-bloc. The benefits of the Star Alliance Gold status were truly appreciated.

After check-in, I headed to the lounge of Turkish Airlines to grab something to eat as I was starved. The lounge itself was one of the largest and most spacious lounges I’ve ever set foot in.

I must admit that I loved the idea of natural light in the lounge and airport. However, the interior left me a little perplexed – a current mix of neo-classical fittings and Scandinavian-style furniture.

Overall it was nice and before I realised, it was time to board the 737-800 headed for Zagreb.

The 2-hour flight and meal service was uneventful.

Landing in Zagreb was a shocker for me – no aero bridge, so we were all bussed to the terminal.

More on Zagreb in the next post…

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22 May 2009 at 18:25

So I’m really leaving…

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This Friday for Athens (at the Grande Bretagne – Deluxe Suite), Istanbul (W Istanbul – Fantastic Suite), Zagreb (Westin Zagreb – Westin Guest Office), Ljubljana (day trip from Zagreb), and Riga (Monika Centrum – Deluxe Room).

Good to finally lift off to Europe after several months of grounding 🙂

Flying Thai, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Croatia Airlines.

Updates soon! Tatas!

Road trip! Europe in February…

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So it’s that time of the year again, the first of my (foreseeable) many trips to Europe in 2009.

I’m quite excited, it’s been quite some time since I flew long haul – unfortunately it will still be winter in these cities.  New cities I will be visiting this time around will be Athens, Istanbul and Zagreb.

I’ll be flying the TK (Turkish Airlines) and OU (Croatia Airlines) for the first time.  Wish me luck!  And I’m not flying Singapore Airlines this time round due to their prohibitively expensive airfares.

Lifting off on 6 February and back about 17 days after, here’s what’s in store…

TG418 KUL (Kuala Lumpur)/BKK (Bangkok) 2100/2205

TG920 BKK (Bangkok)/FRA (Frankfurt) 2340/0530+1

LH3380 FRA (Frankfurt)/ATH (Athens) 0920/1305

TK1846 ATH (Athens)/IST (Istanbul) 1055/1210

TK1449 IST (Istanbul)/ZAG (Zagreb) 1400/1505

OU410 ZAG (Zagreb)/FRA (Frankfurt) 0655/0830

LH3244 FRA (Frankfurt)/RIX (Riga) 1100/1410

LH3245 RIX (Riga)/FRA (Frankfurt) 1440/1555

TG923 FRA (Frankfurt)/BKK (Bangkok) 2055/1305+1

TG417 BKK (Bangkok)/KUL (Kuala Lumpur) 1640/1950

A preview…

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A preview of my bedrooms in February – can you guess the destination of my travels? 🙂





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20 January 2009 at 20:27