Tom had three parts to his birthday today. The first was my card and opening the card from his grandson at breakfast. After that, we headed to the local daily market to look at the fresh local fruits and vegetables and crafts. I bought a table runner and some strawberries.
We also wandered into some churches and also went to the Blood bridge again to see the picture of the Virgin Mary that was the only thing to survive a deadly fire, which destroyed the bridge itself and the structure on it but not the icon.
Then it was into the Museum of Broken Relationships, which was a real kick. The stories and artifacts were touching, sad, or even frightening. From there, we went to the museum of arts and crafts. We were looking for another museum, but it was raining so hard, we entered the first one we found. It actually turned out to be s gem with artwork, furnishings, church and synagogue items from the 1500-1900s.
Then we visited the town of Tito's birthplace and his home, set in the country. We were very charmed by the green rolling hills, houses with corn and hay racks and farm animals. Everything was so quaint compared to the rundown look and graffiti of the city of Zagreb.
We had had dinner at a county inn that served all local food, beer and wine. Fantastic. And then the second birthday surprise: the tour director had everyone sign a card and gave s gift of a folk painting on a beehive cover to Tom. The restaurant gave him a delicious chocolate cake.
The last surprise came when we returned to the hotel. When we entered the room, we thought it was the wrong one as room service had been there. But no, there was a card and birthday letter from the hotel management! Plus a cake, water and fruit. Wow. What a day for Tom. But he still couldn't get American coffee!