My recent visit to Croatia included a stop Đjakovo/Đakovo. The scenery on the drive from Zagreb to Đjakovo was lush and green everywhere I looked. We drove through charming villages, each accented by the church steeple.
I am so grateful to have family in Croatia that can chauffeur me wherever I need to go. It’s not that I think it would be hard to navigate around this beautiful country, it’s that having this service allows me to enjoy the views!
Đjakovo was unusually warm the days I visited, or so my hosts told me. I think. My knowledge of the Croatian language is rudimentary at best. Visiting their farm and sampling all the wonderful food they grow was such a gift. I don’t know how many tourists get this opportunity. Fresh raspberries, cherries, cucumber, and so much more. Every meal was made from scratch. The traditional soup, the breads, torta, kolache, I have to be careful not to eat my way through Croatia. I tasted cherry Rakija, a homemade liqueur, It was Sveti Anthonys dan, St Anthony’s Day, so we toasted with straight Rakija. WHOO! One small shot is plenty for me.
Đjakovo takes great pride in their horses, located on the State Stud Farm – Ergela-Đjakovo, home to Lippizan horses. This made it a must for me.
Queen Elizabeth has been gifted with 2, I’m told. We saw the dams and foals as they were near the entrance, given the heat, most of the Stallions had retreated to cooler spots.
Aesthetically pleasing stables and views, these horses have the life.
Late in the afternoon, we visited the town square, the park and of course, the Katedrala bazilika Svetog Petra; Cathedral basilica St. Peter.
and its impressive altar.
The tile work and artistry in this Cathedral is magnificent.
Be sure to leave time to stroll through Strossmayer Park, its tree-lined paths and lush greenery offer meditative quiet time. Its benches an opportunity to stop and breathe.
Below is the statue of honoring Bishop Strossmayer, who is responsible for pulling together the funding for the Cathedral. You can find him presiding over the square directly in front of the Cathedral.
I’d heard about the storks in and around Đjakovo, I was lucky enough to spot one on our last evening there. These birds are quite large, now I get how they can deliver all the babies! 😉
Before heading home for the night, we stopped for ice cream at one of the sidewalk cafes in the square. These sidewalk cafes number among my favorite things about Croatia. I could do a tour of each city’s sidewalk cafes! I bask in the relaxed atmosphere, fresh air and friendly service. Olive oil, fresh bread and a drink. Yum!
Đjakovo was warm and inviting. Everywhere I have gone in Croatia, the people have been friendly, the food delicious and the memories priceless.
Our next stop is Brač, Dalmation Islands, Croatia. I can hardly wait.
Here’s to a Happy Life,