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    Advent in Rijeka – City Center Christmas Market

    After first and second part of trilogy of Advent in Rijeka, the third and the last part of trilogy is city center Christmas Market. What to say about advent in the heart of the city? I had high expectations, though, it’s the center of the city. The city that is the European Capital of Culture 2020. I expect glamor, overstatement, glare, to feel that Christmas spirit, to enter in another fairy tale. Whole I get are closed most of the Christmas cottages and few Christmas lights with the poorly decorated tree. Oh, what a disappointment. I was at city center on the 4th of January 2020. I was expecting that…

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    Advent in Rijeka – Abbey (Opatija)

    First part of trilogy was Advent on Trsat Castle. Now, second in trilogy is Advent in Abbey. Opatija is located 18 km (11 mi) northwest of the regional capital Rijeka. “The old 14th-century Benedictine abbey, Opatija Sv. Jakova (“Abbey of Saint Jacob”), from which the town derives its name (opatija means “abbey” in Croatian) is located in Park Svetog Jakova or Saint James’s Park. Saint Jacob’s church, built in 1506 and enlarged in 1937, now stands on the same spot.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opatija) The town park Angiolina contains many species of plants from all over the world. It has been protected since 1968. Close-by, vis-a-vis Hotel Imperial, stands the statue The Fountain…

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    Advent in Rijeka – Trsat Castle

    Do you ever wonder how advent or christmas markets looks in other countries? We all know how advent looks in New York city. By that I mean a Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. “For over eight decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. Even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of…