Happy New Year from Croatia!

All the best in 2010!

Despite the economic problems in Croatia, most people did not stay at home for New Year’s Eve! Just a long lasting tradition. Every major city organizes something for free and there are usually at least 5-6 parties that charge entrance fee but offer food, drinks and entertainment.

Last year we had a very mild celebration with our friends and I did not like it… So this year was a complete change of plans!
We decided to drive to Šibenik and hang for a while at Pelegrini drinking wine and eating bruschettas…

Boškinac at the table!

Boškinac cabernet sauvignon+merlot 2007, was wine of the choice and, of course, we couldn’t just munch on bruschettas: pasta with truffles and pasta with monk fish followed. Too much!
Rudi brought champagne for midnight and we all kissed and shook hands happy and smiling (after all that food and wine :)))))))))

Soon we left to see what was going on in the city. So we walked the streets despite the light rain and several fairly loud explosions coming from fire crackers exploding in the narrow or vaulted passageways.

So we made it to the tent at Poljana – usually a parking space in the center but formerly a large square. Tent was filled with people of all ages but lots of teenagers as well.
Popular “Magazin” band was performing their biggest hits…

"Magazin" live!

But after some half hour, we decided to head to something more interesting so we went back to the Old Town to bar/club “Bunari”

Located just bellow the Pelegrini restaurant summer terrace, “Bunari” is a bar of the local museum of Šibenik’s history called “Bunari – Secrets of Šibenik” but that will be covered in a separate post.

So, the band “Kost i koža” was rockin’ at Bunari and it was great! Great crowd, great music and simply a great place to end the craziest night of the year.

Kost i koža live at Bunari!

The rest of the country had similar programs and the rain caused problems everywhere. But the surprisingly warm night for this time of year (about 10 Celsius), made everything much easier. The outside concerts were held in Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek… and the highlight was always a spectacular fireworks.

Fireworks in Split - photo by Slobodna Dalmacija

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