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Holiday Season in Dubrovnik

Stroll down the main street Stradun for a Jolly Good Time

If you’ve ever been to Europe during the holidays, you’ve likely experienced the joy of open air Christmas markets on the main squares and streets. And Dubrovnik (thought no winter wonderland with its 18 Celsius (65 F) and snow cannon) does not disappoint.

The drill goes a little something like this: find a stand selling kuhano vino (see below), buy some red and wrap your fingers around the steaming cup, sip slowly as you wander through rows of little booths selling Christmas ornaments, pouches of lavender, and other homemade goodies that make for excellent souvenirs.

You might encounter a sausage stand or two. Grab one to munch while you stroll, then fill up your cup once (or twice) more.

And of course there are specialities that only come out at Christmas. Prikle – a small doughnut, Arancini – candied orange peel, Hrostule – sweet bread sticks, Carob cake – a locally made cake from the carob fruit and all of these are washed down with a glass (or two) of a home made brandy to help keep the cold out.

At this point let the Christmas Spirit wash over and wake up the kid in you.

Kuhano vino, literally “cooked wine,” is Croatia’s answer to the cold-weather call for mulled wine. If you’re unfamiliar with mulled wine, you’re missing out. It’s essentially wine simmered with sugar or orange juice and mulling spices – usually a combination of cinnamon, anise, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and dried fruit peels. Red (crno) varieties are most commonly mulled, but in Croatia you’ll also find white (bijelo) mulled wine.

Sretan Vam Božić i svako dobro u Novoj!

... is what your Croatian host my wish you for the upcoming season
(Merry Christmas and all the best in the upcoming year)


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