There it is – a Christmas themed post! I can honestly say that December is my favourite month. I am that kind of a person who puts all of the Christmas ornaments, lights and tree out in the very beginning of December. I love every single thing about it – the Christmas mood, Christmas markets, cheesy songs, the lights, wrapping presents and so on. And on the first of December I decide that it’s my favourite month and I am going to enjoy it and nothing and no one can dissuade me from it. I am also aware how annoying that must sound for someone who does not like December and everything that comes with it. If you are not cheesy Christmas lover I suggest you to click out of that post (or just scroll through the pictures) haha. This post is only for Christmas lovers and if you are one of them – you are very welcome to stick around. Photos inculded in this post are from this year and last year as well.
Now that we made it clear – we can continue with the actual post.
So last year Zagreb was voted the best Christmas market in Europe and that was the first time me and my boyfriend have visited the city during the advent time. We absolutely loved it and I can honestly affirm that the “Best Christmas market” mark did not come without the reason. The city centre was decorated very unique and tastefully. What I loved the most were simple things – like old bikes decorated with lights, that livened up the whole city.
Just because we loved it so much we decided we should go again this year. This time we took my mom and dad with us so it was a nice family trip. I somehow expected it to be the same as last year but they surprised me with different decorations. The main square was pretty much the same as last year, but there were some parts of Zagreb that were totally different than the year before. Oh and my absolute favourite thing this year were decorated trams driven by Santas!
We took my parents to the restaurant we always go to when visiting Zagreb and they loved it. After a devastating good lunch we took a stroll throught the Christmas market, through park Zrinjevac where we had some mulled wine and (thankfully!) found a stand with the traditional Slovak pastry called “trdelnik”. Our first time trying it was last year here in Zagreb and we fell in love with it – hint: if you haven’t tried it yet – PLEASE DO, you’ll thank me later!
The only thing that was a bit annoying were crowds of people. Everything was packed. So besides enjoying and walking through Christmas markets also our patience had been tested a few times!
At the end I was not sorry we decided to visit Zagreb two years in a row, moreover I found it even more beautifully decorated this year. As we drove back home in the late evening I thought to myself “This is it. Another amazing trip with my love and my family. And furthermore it’s the beginning of my favourite holiday. What else could I possibly ask for?” And I didn’t say that just because it sounded good. But because I realize this is what’s really important in life (at least for me): to be really happy and be able to share that with the people you love the most.