The summer is coming to a fast and windy end in Zagreb. The leaves are turning yellow and dropping off for the season. Itâ€™s becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy a calm minute at one of the many parks in the city.
Zagreb is a green city. Town planners had the foresight to plant enough green spaces between building blocks, allowing for a spot of fresh air despite the rapidly increasing number of vehicles around. The most impressive of the cityâ€™s green escapes is what is known as Lenucijeva Potkova or Lenuciâ€™s Horseshoe, a series of parks and tree-lined squares that run from Zagrebâ€™s main station, up to the cityâ€™s main square and loop around in the shape of a horseshoe.
The green horseshoe is named after Milan Lenuci, the man responsible for designing and executing this green layout in the late 19th century. Along with elaborate statues and fountains in the parks, one can also find some of the cityâ€™s most prominent institutions along the green horseshoe. These include the NationalÂ Theater, the Zagreb Art Pavilion, as well as a number of museums and galleries. The parks are also surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings, many of which double up as embassies and government offices.
The parks allow for a glimpse of everyday life in the city. Kids play ball and ride their bikes; joggers and dog walkers make their regular visits; people catch up on their reading; matrons catch up with daily happenings; couples get cosy; and teens make a night out of it with bottles of coke and something stronger.
Of course the parks are open and accessible during the winter too. Youâ€™ll spot many a local wrapped up on a bench enjoying roasted chestnuts, but the experience doesnâ€™t compare to the colour and flamboyance that comes with warm weather.
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