The #AtoZ Challenge for 2018 has drawn to an end. For the final stop in this year’s tour, we’re in Croatia in the city of Zagreb. Bet you didn’t think I could cover every letter of alphabet with this subject.
What can I tell you about Zagreb? In addition to being the capital of Croatia, it’s also the country’s largest city. It dates from the Roman times to today, so there’s lots of history there.
Zagreb is an important tourist destination but it quite often overlooked by people going to vacation on the Adriatic.
The city numerous shops, boutiques, and shopping centres. Offerings include crystal, china and ceramics as well as wicker and straw baskets. Let’s not forget the Croation wines and food products.
Even though this has only been a ‘virtual’ world tour, I’m ready to rest and relax and get over the ‘jet lag.’ I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey.
We’re back the US today in the state of Washington for Y is for Yakima day on the #AtoZ Challenge.
Located southeast of Mount Rainier, the city, lies in a fertile valley known for its apple, wine and hop production.
The largest employer in the area is the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital followed by the Yakima School District and Walmart.
Sadly, downtown Yakima has undergone many changes since the late 1990s. Three department stores and an entire mall, now closed, have been replaced by a Whirlpool Corporation facility, an Adaptis call center, and several hotels.
We’re back in England today in the tiny village of Westcombe in Somerset on W is for Westcombe day of the #AtoZChallenge.
While difficult to read, the text in the arch of the fountain reads “To commemorate the coronation of H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary.”
Westcombe Dairy, a cooperative, makes cheeses using milk from the member farmers’ cows. When we visited this area in 2005, we stopped in the village at the dairy’s shop and bought a small piece of their cheddar cheese which we enjoyed on the rest of our journey.
The cenotaph, information point and quintessential British telephone box in the village is pictured below.
We’re back in Germany today in the city of Ulm on U is for Ulm day on the #AtoZ Challenge. Located on the Danube River in the southwest portion of the country, the city is home to universities and the magnificent Gothic cathedral below which is Ulm Minster. The steeple on this church is the highest of any in the world. 529.95 feet!
In the aerial shot below of the city, you can see how the Minster takes over the landscape.
We’re back in Canada and the City of Toronto today for T is for Toronto in the #AtoZ Challenge. Today the city takes in a number of boroughs and is known as the GTA (greater Toronto area).
The city has many museums, galleries and parks. It is also home to the CN Tower. In recent years, they’ve added the tower walk, where you get harnessed up and can walk around the exterior of the tower near the top. Yikes! Not for me.
The white ‘dome’ in the left of the photo is the Roger’s Centre, formerly known as the SkyDome. The Toronto Blue Jays play baseball here. During the most recent ice storm, the roof was damaged which forced the delay of the ballgame by one day.
Toronto even has its own castle! Located in the heart of the city stands Casa Loma