Sunday, 25 December 2011

Telecommunications Engineer-Central Croatia-Country Estate-Grabovnica

Croat's Christmas now comes with a million lights

Croat's Christmas now comes with a million lights
Colourful lights are seen at a country house estate in the village of Grabovnica near Cazma

GRABOVNICA, Croatia (Reuters) - Zlatko Salaj has come a long way from the bleak Christmases of his youth. The 67-year old former telecommunications engineer has turned his country estate in Grabovnica, central Croatia, into a festival of light and color that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Starting in 2002 with 70,000 light bulbs hung on each of the hundreds of small trees and shrubs on his 7-hectare (17 acres) estate, Salaj has this year lit 1.2 million lights, many in the shape of Santa Claus, his sleigh and reindeer. "My childhood was really... we were poor. ... read more..

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