I ♥ Zagreb31/01/2012 22:18:57
Even though I was not born in Zagreb, it feels like a second home.
It is a city filled with the breeze of history, religion and fashion! It is a place where you can find all sorts of people: interesting, kind, boring, rude, smart, ... like in every city but better :)
It is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. The wider Zagreb metropolitan area includes the City of Zagreb and the separate Zagreb County with a population of 317,642, bringing the total metropolitan area population up to 1,110,517. It is the only metropolitan area in Croatia with a population of over one million.
Zagreb has a continental climate with an average temperature of up to 30°C in summer and down to -10°C in winter.
It is a city with over 40 private and public universities and business schools and more than 40 sport objects.
Fashion is a big part of Zagreb. Everyone wants to look good and be IN. DREFT Fashion Week Zagreb is the biggest, oldest and most important international fashion event in Croatia, which connects cultures of different countries through fashion expression of various international and local designers. Twice a year, DREFT Fashion Week Zagreb shows trends for upcoming season, presents numerous local and international designers, hosts important fashion names, attracts many public figures and every season takes even more significant place on the world rankings list of the most successful Fashion Week's. Beside that DREFT Fashion Week Zagreb was admitted as a full member in many World fashion associations.
A well known Zagreb phrase says that "the only thing lovelier than Zagreb itself are its women", giving a lovely compliment to both the city and its female citizens. However, it is worthwhile adding that the women of Zagreb are - older than Zagreb!
Or at least one of them is. One legend says that the name of the city originated like this: an old city ruler, tired and thirsty, ordered the young girl Manda to bring water from the source. The ruler said "Mando, dear, zagrabi!" (zagrabi - scoop it). And hence the name of Zagreb and the name of the well Manduševac...
Unverified and unreliable, like most legends, but in any case sweet and significant, like some type of pre-answer to the eternal question: why are the women of Zagreb so charming and lovely? Well, likely because the first of them, the one that according to the legend was there when the city received its name, was just that. Namely, she must have been, for the ruler to so nicely and tenderly call her, "Manda, dear, scoop it..." And even today, they say that the loveliest things in Zagreb are the old town and young women. This is no longer a matter of aesthetics, as this saying has set the coordinates from which to observe Zagreb: old and young, where old and young are intertwined at every step...