Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Things to do in October

A fall day on Sljeme

Fall is my absolutely hands-down favorite time of year in Croatia. The crisp air, the colorful leaves, the smell of chestnuts roasting on Ilica, a good warm bowl of grah . . . aah.  This could be because I’m from South Carolina where fall doesn’t really hit until sometime in November and then it’s winter (briefly), spring hits in early February and then summer arrives sometime around mid-March.
Whatever the reason October always has me wishing for a leisurely stroll through Gornji Grad, a Saturday on Sljeme or a weekend in Istria.  So here are my favorite picks for the month of October:

Anytime.  Coffee at Palinova.  Layer, bring a book, and hopefully get lucky and hear the classical piano drifting from the School of Ballet next door.
Anytime.  Drive up Sljeme for the changing-of-the-leaves and a bowl of grah.  If you’re in great shape, bike up instead.
Octbober 13 – 17.  Ambienta:  Home d├ęcor and design fans should check out the fair at Velesajam.  Lots of fun window shopping.
Octbober 15 – 17.  37th annual Lovran Marunada Chestnut Festival:   Don’t miss the chestnut cakes.
October 17 – 23.  Zagreb Film Festival.  Check out for more details on venues and tickets.
October 31st.  Halloween in the Park, Delnice.

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