On our second day in Zagreb, we decided to visit the Art Pavilion. It sits in the center of town and was a quick walk from our parking/camping spot in town.
A couple people recommended the Alexander Calder exhibit currently on display so we thought it would be a good roadschool/worldschooling experience for the kids.
Alexander Calder was an American artist/sculptor most famous for his mobiles (kinetic art).
Photos were not allowed indoors and we respected the rules. Admission to the exhibit cost us 120 kuna ($17.74).
The kids spent a couple hours picking out their favorite pieces of Calder’s art and drew them into their memory journals.
All the kids chose to replicate his paintings instead of the mobile sculptures for which he is most famous.
All three of them were really proud of their work and enjoyed our learning day there.
We needed to run to IKEA that night to look at memory foam toppers for our bed. I think the trifold mattress is showing its age after 18 months of use… or maybe we are getting to the age that back problems are the new norm. Either way, a topper it is. And on the way out of the store, we asked if it was okay to spend the night here and the security guard gave us the okay. A first for us.
Instead of taking the toll road to our next destination, we opted to take the free local roads. And by chance, we drove right by the Homeland War Museum in Turanj (Karlovac). A family admission cost us 120 kuna ($17.74). Seems like the going rate for all the Croatian museums we visited so far.
A building called Hotel California is now preserved behind glass and acts as the indoor museum.
A memorial for the lives lost in the Karlovac area during the Croatian Independence War
A bit of history for you to read.
The original flag that hung in the city of Trpanj, the first line of defense of Karolvac.
Display of military arms and uniforms.
A wall where you can leave special messages or thoughts.
Outdoors, the museum had a collection of vehicles, planes, and weaponry.
Destroyed buildings and churches.
Bullet holes still visible in the town of Trpanj.
At the end of our day, we ended up just outside of Plitvce National Park. The lots at the national park forbade overnight parking so we drove a few miles south.
There weren’t too many wild camping choices for us near the park. We didn’t feel like paying for a campground just for a quick stay so we drove to the nearest small hotel and asked if it would be okay to spend one night on their property. They said yes and we cranked on our diesel heater as the temps dropped into the 40s.
Here’s a little video I made for Instagram stories.
Thanks for following our adventures,