Life & blog update: December 2019…was a great month filled with all sorts of Christmas activities. I’d decided to do something festive each Advent weekend (four weekends to Christmas). The first weekend we went to island Krk for a seaside walk and came across Santa’s house and took pretty photos as a family. On Sunday we went to the park in the neighbourhood which was decorated with Christmas lights and had free bouncy castle for the kids.
We attended a play on St.Nicholas’ Day and our boy got some presents from St. Nicholas. It was his first play ever and he was very attentive. It was also time to check out the big Christmas tree in the city center. My boy surely loves Christmas trees. Every time he saw a Christmas tree, be it in the streets or in the shop windows, he exclaimed excitedly Christmas tree, Christmas tree and rushed to it. That second Advent weekend was extra busy because we also visited Opatija and went to the chocolate festival. I must say the festival this year was a bit disappointing because there weren’t free samples 🙂
I love Christmas markets. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited all the Christmas markets in Vienna over the past few years. Last year I ticked off the last item on my Christmas markets in Vienna list: Altes AKH Christmas Market – the Christmas Village Former General Hospital (also known as the Christmas market at the Campus of the University of Vienna). Altes AKH Christmas market isn’t exactly in the heart of Vienna which is why you won’t find that many tourists there. However, that doesn’t mean that it is far from the city center. On the contrary, it took me less than 15 minutes on foot from the main Christmas market in front of the City Hall to this charming Christmas market in the courtyard of the University of Vienna. I visited it in the early afternoon on a Saturday so there weren’t that many people around yet. I’m sure it gets more crowded later in the afternoon and in the evening.
Belvedere Castle in Vienna; I was in Vienna on a work trip
Life and blog update December 2018: As usually on December 1 I opened my chocolate advent calendar. This year I got an expensive one from Lindt 🙂 Last year we celebrated first Christmas with our baby boy V. and took him to the Christmas markets for the first time. It was also quite easy to just put him under the Christmas tree and take Christmas photos. However, this year it was quite another thing to try to take photos of my baby boy wearing his elf costume..
Of course, we participated in several Christmas events in December. We went to the Christmas markets in Rijeka and to Trsat castle. The Christmas lights were really spectacular this year. My husband and I attended the New Year’s Concert at the National Theater. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a number of years and I finally ticked it off my bucket list this year!
Trsat Castle, Rijeka, Croatia
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
December is my favourite month of the year for many reasons. First of all, I’m a December baby 🙂 Secondly, I really love Christmas time and New Year’s parties. Thirdly, I’m a genuine chocoholic so there’s no better time for me and my bad habit than the month of festivities and gift giving. Actually, I didn’t put gifts at all on this list because frankly they aren’t that important to me.
Chocolate Advent Calendar
The excitement of opening one door at the time to find a small delicious chocolate each day. What could be better? In the past few years I decided to treat myself with a chocolate Advent calendar even though I’m an adult 🙂
When I was a child I got small presents for St. Nicholas’ Day (6th December). If you are good you get chocolate. If you are naughty, you get coal and a rod!
Christmas decorations & Christmas lights
At home, in the town…they just pretty up everything, don’t they?
I really want to visit the Christmas markets in Germany. So far I’ve been to a couple of Christmas markets in Austria, Budapest, London and at the French Riviera.