Photo of the week: the really big Easter egg


You find folk art just about everywhere when you travel. And sometimes you find it in the oddest places. Just a few steps from the 24-hour bustle of sidewalk patios and bars in the old town of Zagreb (which I wrote about in this post), I found a little archway leading to a quiet courtyard with murals painted across the doorways. And outside, in front of a rustic-looking little art gallery, sat the biggest Easter egg I’d ever seen.

Decorating Easter eggs is a traditional art in Eastern Europe. But in this case, the artist — named D. Jacovic — had decided to add a new twist to the art. Why not make the egg the size of a 10-year-old child? And forget those geometric designs and little bands of colour: why not add a real painting? So he (or she) painted a charming scene, in the naive style: an old man in peasant’s costume, picking mushrooms beside a little country brook on a beautiful day in spring. There are blossoms on the trees, and milky white clouds float across a soft blue sky dotted with birds in flight. (Hint: click on the photo to see it full-size.)

The Easter egg and the scene it evoked brought a little moment of peace in a busy place. But besides me, no one seemed to notice it — except for one other art lover. From the gallery window behind the egg, an old fellow with a pipe seemed to have a keen eye on it. He’s probably looking still.

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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.


  1. Wow! How fun. I love little travel discoveries like that. Always makes for a good story and even better memories. Plus, it’s hard not to admire the incredible detail that went into the painting. I can imagine painting an egg probably isn’t easy.

    Thanks for sharing!

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