Festive Spirit(s) come to Radovljica

Last week, following the recent competition to find a new winter drink for Radol’ca, the entries were whittled down to the final 3, and on Saturday afternoon the public were invited to come and taste and vote for their favourite drink which will become Radol’ca’s official winter drink.

I, of course, obliged and joined the tasting panel and cast my vote and today the winner was announced, drum roll……. Radovljica’s new winter drink will be Radol’ca Punch, which is made from milk, dark chocolate, rum, honey, and a few other ingredients too which aren’t to be divulged!

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In addition to the drinks tasting, there was also many more festive events this weekend in Radovljica’s old town. On Saturday morning, a group of Bernese mountain dogs came to enthral the crowds – young and old – they were adorable, remarkably gentle and good-natured, and complete with matching carts and scarves.

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The entertainment continued on Sunday afternoon with the arrival of Father Christmas himself, in a horse-drawn carriage and accompanied by his elves and a brass band.

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The ice rink in Radovljica’s sport park is always popular, particularly as it offers free skating for children up to 18 years of age (with their own skates), whilst adults pay just 2 euros. However, in the past, using it has always been weather dependant but this year the new cover is a very welcome addition, meaning skating can take place whatever the weather. The ice rink is open on weekdays from 3-6pm and at weekend and public holidays from 10am-6pm.

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We were treated to an absolutely glorious weekend of winter sunshine, with temperatures more akin to autumn. In this topsy-turvy year of weather that Slovenia has had, some parts of the country, particularly in the south-east, recorded temperatures of 18 degrees on Saturday, and I even managed a short bike ride. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve been out on my bike in December since I’ve been living here but in fact I wasn’t alone. People were out in their droves enjoying the sunshine and doing various activities; cycling, hiking, playing football, ice-skating, and/or just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the sun. I just love to see so many people outdoors, partaking in sports and other recreational activities, it serves as another reminder, as if I needed one, of why I love living here in Radovjlica. The only people who are no doubt not so happy about these unseasonably warm temperatures are the operators of the ski resorts who, despite their best efforts in making artificial snow, are struggling to operate at full capacity although some of the higher lying resorts, such as Vogel and Krvavec, are at least partly open.

So, with Christmas just a matter of days away, and my parents having just arrived to spend Christmas in Slovenia, we will be busy visiting Christmas concerts, Christmas markets and I have a few other things up my sleeve too (but since they read my blog, I’m not going to give the game away here!).

I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and hope Santa brings you all you hoped for – not that Christmas is about presents of course! Enjoy spending time with your families and loved ones and take a rest from the usual hustle and bustle of life – after all – Christmas comes but once a year!

© AdeleinSlovenia 2014

 

 

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