Croatian Capital Beats All In Christmas Markets

Best Christmas lights Zagreb Croatia

Best Christmas lights Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Travelers, tourists – people in the know when it comes to these matters have on the European Best Destinationsportal voted the Croatian capital Zagreb the ‘Best European Christmas Market’ (in Europe). So, Zagreb has beaten the off the likes of London, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Brussels, Manchester and Nuremberg  …

Every year the Christmas program in the Croatian capital has got better and better, earning the city a nomination among 20 European cities this year. Voting has ended and it was Zagreb who received the most number of votes from travelers. A total of 101,703 votes from 176 countries were received, with Zagreb getting over 30,000 of them.

European Best Destination Christmas Markets Zagreb Croatia

European Best Destination
Christmas Markets
Zagreb Croatia



The centre stages, featuring a diverse musical programme, will be in Zagreb’s main square of Ban Josip Jelačić and the nearby Zrinjevac Park. From November 28th until the beginning of January, Zagreb’s most beautiful park will also feature dance events, while traditional delicacies as well as original gifts and local souvenirs typical of Zagreb will be on sale at numerous stands aligning the park promenade. The traditional Christmas Fair will take place during Advent in the streets surrounding the Jelačić Square, and the young ones can take a ride in the Jolly Christmas Tram with Santa Clause, fairies, elves and many other cheerful characters. All the visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the somewhat-forgotten specialties of Zagreb, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine, or buy unique souvenirs and Christmas decorations for their loved onesis how the Croatian capital was described to voters.

Zagreb was voted number 1, with Strasbourg in second spot, Aachen third spot,  Colmar 4th spot, Brussels 5th spot, Leipzig sixth spot, Rothernburg ob der Tauber seventh spot, Nuremberg eighth spot, Lille ninth spot, Dresden tenth spot.

 WOW! CONGRATULATIONS ZAGREB!

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Here are more photos of Zagreb’s breathtaking images of Advent, Christmas cheer, Joy, togetherness – enjoy! I hope these photos envelop you with love, giving, caring, human warmth and pure joy – PLEASE CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE AND ENJOY THEIR FULL SPLENDOUR. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb), B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Traditional Croatian Licitar Heart For a "Merry Christmas"

Traditional Croatian Licitar Heart
For a “Merry Christmas”

 

Amazing Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Amazing Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

Zagreb Croatia Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Croatia
Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia
2015 Christmas Markets

Ice Rink at King Tomislav Square Zagreb Croatia

Ice Rink at
King Tomislav Square
Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia

 

Advent 2015 Zagreb Croatia Christmas Markets

Advent 2015
Zagreb Croatia
Christmas Markets

 

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

Advent 2015 in Zagreb Croatia

 

Ice-Skating at King Tomislav Square Zagreb Croatia Christmas 2015

Ice-Skating at
King Tomislav Square
Zagreb Croatia
Christmas 2015

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia
2015 Christmas Markets

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia 2015
Christmas Markets

 

Zagreb Croatia 2015 Christmas Markets

Zagreb Croatia 2015
Christmas Markets

 

Ice Rink for Christmas season Zagreb Croatia King Tomislav Square

Ice Rink for Christmas season
Zagreb Croatia King Tomislav Square

 

Zagreb Christmas Markets 2015

Zagreb Christmas Markets 2015

Croatia: Festival Of Equal Opportunities For People With Disabilities

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

It’s occurring now, May 27 to 29 – Festival of Equal Opportunities (F = M) or I=You in Croatia’s capital Zagreb and 2014 is its 13th year!

The purpose of the festival is to present the creative possibilities program, spreading the message that people with disabilities should enjoy the same rights and obligations as other citizens. It’s about advocating for the removal of barriers in access and participation of people with disabilities in the normal community life. It’s about making a difference to achieve social inclusion. It’s about celebrating abilities of people with disabilities. It’s a unique festival held in Europe. What a fantastic event – an event every country should hold at least once a year. I am so proud of Croatia and the city of Zagreb for keeping up with this very worthwhile festival.

This year, 2014, on Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb, over the three days of the Festival, there are 900 performers from Croatia and abroad participating in the event and 600 of those are people with disabilities. Activities span from musical, drama, art and educational-recreational as well as sports areas.

Hope you enjoy these photographs from the Festival and, if you already have not: spread the word and actions in your community that affirm people with disabilities as equal members of the community. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Please click on photos to enlarge

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Photo:Cropix

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Photo:Cropix

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Photo: Pixsell

 

 

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

 

 

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

 

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Croatia Equal Opportunities Festoval art

 

"I can do everything" Make the Real Click Include Us Too

“I can do everything”
Make the Real Click
Include Us Too

 

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Otvoren 13. Festival jednakih moguænosti

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Photo: 24 sata.hr

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Photo: blog.vecernji.hr

Croatia 2014 Equal Opprtunities festival

Photo: Pixsell

Photo: Pixsell

Croatia: A Face Of Beautiful People

2013 summer season has well and truly passed in Croatia and downtown Zagreb is once again abuzz with the now traditional “Špica” street fashion on Saturdays.
Coming from the German word “shpitze” meaning “tip”, the Zagreb “špica” is almost a unique social phenomenon that doesn’t happen that often in other European cities.
It happens on Saturday mornings, more precisely between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. People get out to do things they didn’t have time for throughout the week on Saturday morning – going to the market, doing some shopping around town, meeting friends for a coffee and catching up etc. But what is specific about “špica” is that everyone tends to do that in the range of a couple of streets downtown, looking their best.
So, if you take a walk around Bogoviceva, “Cvjetni trg” area, Tkalciceva and the Ban Jelacic Place (main square), you’ll see women dressed in latest styles and fabulous accessories as if they just came out of the hairdressers, some in the highest imaginable heels just being their everyday fabulous selves. And the men aren’t far behind either. It’s the place to be seen and to show off the latest trends in fashion.
So, if you want to see the best of the best in Zagreb, meet celebrities and celebrity wannabes, witness the latest trends, or bump into almost everyone you know in Zagreb, “špica” is the place to go.
Certainly, given the harsh economic climate and not a great deal of spare cash to spend on fashion in many cases, the “tip” of Zagreb is a living example that one does not need a great amount of money to look stylish. Money cannot buy style as with relatively little one can truly shine. All one needs is the will to uplift ones spirits and take pride in ones appearance.

Following are photos from the streets of Zagreb this past Saturday 2 November.  Just fabulous! Elegant! Proud! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Zagreb “Spica” 2 November 2013 Photo series by Sinisa Buzan:

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