Zagreb is still the best Christmas Market in Europe

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As some of you might know, we are based in Split and it’s the most beautiful town in the world, however, it doesn’t do winter festivities very (any) good. Lucky for us 5 hour bus drive takes us to Zagreb Christmas Market, which has won “The best Christmas Market in Europe” three times in a row (2017,2016,2015). We believe it would have won again this year, but the rules are you cannot win 4 times in a row. Once you’ve seen Zagreb, nothing can compare, not even Strasbourg Christmas Market which we saw last year and it is one of the top 10.
Zagreb simply wins in Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄

I wrote about our TOP 10 locations last year and they haven’t changed much. If I start writing, I would name most of the same locations, but the crazy thing is they have completely different set up, but are still incredible!

Let me show you 2018 vs 2017 pictures!

2018 Plato Gradec

Advent in Klovicevi dvori

2017 Plato Gradec

2018 Caffe de Matoš

Caffe de Matoš, Zagreb

2017 Caffe de Matoš

2018 Marićev passage

2017 Marićev passage

2018 Fuliranje

2017 Fuliranje

2018 Zrinjevac park

Zrinjevac, Zagreb

2017 Zrinjevac park

I’ve also vlogged last year, so you can watch the video, if anyone has time for that :).

I think you can see the upgrade, not only in Zagreb locations but also in our photography style. Who know what 2019 has prepared for us! I am thinking about writing 2019 wish-list blog, so stay tuned for one more blog before New Year. The easiest way to know when is uploaded and live, is if you subscribe to our blogs 🙂 Also, don’t forget to:

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Is this Earth?

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It has been a while. We didn’t stop making content, we were just making material for clients and not ourselves. Diano has been shooting and selling his videos and I have been uploading behind the scenes photos on our Instagram account. Are you our follower -> DianoMaya?

It has been amazing experience and privilege to drive around Croatia and film. The place which got me to write again was Zrmanja Canyon. I mean, how crazy is this place?

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We drove from Split on A1 highway and got down in Benkovac. Drove trough Obrovac, which is super cute city, btw, and found local road which follows Zrmanja river flow.

You can find map here -> DIRECTIONS

First we found beautiful overview of the river. Emerald green Zrmanja cutting in raw rocky landscape got us feeling like we were on some other planet.

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Second stop, called “Parizevacka glavica”, was bit more challenge to find. Follow the road to Jasenice and look for telephone pole numbers 86 and 87. I mean it, really look the numbers on the poles on the road. After you turn, between 86 & 87, you will see the sign “Parizevacka glavica”. The dirt road will take you to unbelievable overview point where “Winnetou” was filmed.

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This time, I also wanted to show you my “before and after” pictures. I have been making Lightroom Presets for a while now and this one I am a specially proud of.

I called it “Fake sunset”.Fake Sunset

Would you like to try it on your pictures? Keep in mind that, to use it you need to have Lightroom CC Classic desktop version. Click below to try it.

 

 

“Fake sunset” preset

DianoMaya Lightroom Preset "Fake sunset" was created on LumixGH5 pictures. Hope it works for you as well.

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I hope you’re loving the “Fake sunset” preset as much as I do. It is seriously one of my favorites, so far. This is the first time I am showing it to the world and it is making me even more excited to reveal the complete preset pack to you. Would you be interested to see all my presets?

Send us your questions and impressions in the comments below, we will be happy to answer them all!

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Do you want to hike with us?

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We have been in Croatia for couple of months, mostly stuck in office. People think all we do is travel, because we post only travel content, but believe it or not we also work everyday. We are proud owners of Social Network Content Marketing company called VideoElement. Basically, we help other business to run their Social Networks, make photo & video content for their digital marketing or just educate them how to “do it yourself”.

For bigger parts of our day we are on a computer or a phone (aren’t everybody?), so we enforced the rule to “go outside” at least once a day. Are you #teamgooutside?

Since we are based in Split there are a lot of beautiful places to go daily. Everyday, we try find new picturesque place to share on our Instagram stories. Are you following us on Instagram jet? @dianomaya

Once a week we go outside the city, to spice up our life. Our friends are members of MOSOR hiking association and they are always inviting us to go hiking with them. Finally, we found a date when everybody was available, weather was perfect and tour sounded amazing. We went hiking to top “Sveti Ilija” on Rilić, from Gradac city.

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I have a bad knee and we weren’t fully equipped for this activity, but we love views from top of the mountains. Chasing those kind of views is priceless!

To give you some facts: Rilić is southeast part of Biokovo, Dalmatian mountain. It is about 3 hour hike from Gradac to the top, on 773 m altitude.  From “Sveti Ilija” top you can see unforgettable views of Gradac city, Bacina Lakes (Baćinska Jezera) and islands Hvar, Korčula, Mljet & Pelješac. And we saw it alright!

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This wasn’t our first time hiking. Didn’t I say we love views from top of the mountains? Last year we did one day trip to Nature Park Biokovo. We drove with a car from Makarska all the way to the top. In video below, you can see astonishing views from Ravna vlaška – 1 228 m, Štrbina – 1 338 m, Vošac, 1 422 m and Sv. Jure – 1 762 m. From each of this lookout points you can see central Dalmatians islands (Brac, Solta, Vis, Bisevo, Susac, Lastovo and Korcula), well… practically whole south Dalmatia 🙂

Last December, Diano went with his friend Pave & Kawasaki KRL 650 off road to Kozjak. Kozjak is little mountain above Split city. They started in Šestanovac, drove trough Omiš, Split & Klis. First stop was Sv. Jure church, viewpoint on 676 m. Second, Sv. Luka on 779 m. On their way back, they stopped at Klis fortress. Fortress defended Split from Ottoman empire long long time ago, but recently it is known as location of Daenerys Meereen city walls in “Game of Thrones”.

Let’s not forget that we participated in “hello to the spring” event in honor of Earth Day, held on the Omiška Dinara mountain, near Omiš city. I’ve wrote a blog about that event, which you can read -> HERE.

I am so grateful for YOU, who reads my blogs till the end. Write down in comment who are you guys and I will shoutout my favorite in next blog 🙂
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