07.01.2020 - 07.01.2020 30 °C
Left Lake Bled to travel east toward Croatia and Krapina, John had walked through there in 2015 on the European Peace Walk. Krapina is a delightful little town in the Northern region of Croatia and is also, significantly the site of the richest finds of prehistoric life, first discovered in the 1890's and given the name Neanderthals after an earlier and much smaller discovery in 1850 near the German town of Neander.
Walking down the main street of Krapina we came across the Hostel Barrock where John had stayed in 2015, on poking his head in he was greeted by a voice declaring, "Don't I know you?" the hostess remembered him from three years ago, along with many of his fellow walkers. Melina had a great memory of faces and names and was full of stories of walkers from 2018.
The town was also celebrating a regional festival where their music and food reflected their local dialect and customs, it created a lovely, happy atmosphere as people celebrated together.
By far the highlight was a visit to the "Neanderthal Museum" , for a small town this is undoubtedly a world class museum. Instead of having exhibits
placed in a range of rooms the building itself is a part of the exhibit, it is based around the shape of a Nautilus Shell and it becomes the vehicle for telling the story. The exhibits tell the story of the initial find, of the history of the earth, the evolution of life and customs, technologies and behaviours/beliefs of the Neanderthal people. Unfortunately you are not to take photos inside but it is a remarkable display and is sited at the geographical site where all the discoveries were made, so after walking through the museum you can walk around outside and see the significant caves where the discoveries were made.
Stayed in a tiny Air B&B with the most lovely hostess, didn't speak English but had worked at the museum for over 30 years and kept wanting to shower us with gifts.