Very hungry, domesticated and eager sparrows await a careless cafe's client, or a sucker like me, who's willing to give them the cookie I got with cappuccino (and yes, they have no problem eating from hands):
Bonus photo - I visited Italy (Padova, Verona, Mantova and Sirmione) last weekend... too bad it was raining, but this lovely tiny town of Sirmione stole my heart. The view is supposed to show the Alps in the distance and Lago di Garda, but the clouds and rain were against us. However, it created its own weirdly amazing atmosphere:
My car got several new parts today. Watching the process was a bit painful, but luckily I trust the guy, and I entertained myself by taking photos... this is probably the first time I've seen the engine (without the plastic covers) since I bought the car 2 years ago:
I spent the last two days in Istria, the largest peninsula, located in the NW region of Croatia. Good thing I was there, because it was raining in Zagreb, while Istria greeted me yesterday with the setting sun, good food and good wine. Today's road trip around Istria led us to Pula, a town known for its amphitheater (called Arena). The first amphitheater was built in 1ct BC, but it was built to its nowadays size and look in the 1ct AD. I guess the Colosseum wasn't enough, so they build another one in this part of their empire:
To get a better idea of its size:
We've given up on Roman ship battles and gladiator fights ;-), but concerts and theater performances are regularly held here each summer.
This is an old photo I dug out, but it nicely depicts the weather on Easter Monday...
Bonus photo series - some other lifetime - Seattle
I've been doing major regrouping of my old photos. This of course meant I took the trip down memory lane and revisited all of the places I've been to, and the places where I lived. Here's my city #2 - Seattle, and its "trademark" in a way - salmon.
If you have never tried wild salmon from the northwest, you've never tried salmon! :)
My brain almost turned into a knot thinking - "where am I going to find RED in this city?", "Zagreb's color is blue, where to find red anything....", and similar questions were whizzing in my brain and it went on and on.... and then it dawned on me. Duh! A typical Zagreb thing, found everywhere in the city, especially open markets, is "Sestinski kisobran" (umbrella/parasol from Sestine; Sestine is Zagreb's neighborhood). I believe I've already posted a few of these, but it doesn't matter, enjoy Zagreb's redness for the day: