Strasbourg Christmas Market

You’ll be happy to know this is my last post about Christmas markets — at least for the next eight or so months until the season begins again. To round off our sixth Christmas market of the season, we visited the Strasbourg Christmas market the weekend after Christmas — one of the few Christmas marketsContinue reading “Strasbourg Christmas Market”

The Chicken Guy

One thing I love about living in Frankfurt is the plethora of farmers’ markets. Several days a week, there’s a farmers’ market a short walk or a few subway stops from where we live. We do most of our food shopping at the grocery store, but sometimes it’s fun to browse among the vendors’ stallsContinue reading “The Chicken Guy”

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

I promise I’ll stop writing about Christmas markets soon. It’s March, after all. I’ve covered the Christmas markets in Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, Heidelberg, and Brussels. Today, I’m writing about the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. (And there’s just one more after this — until this coming Christmas season, that is.) Clock tower show at noon. The Nuremberg ChristmasContinue reading “Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt”

Belgium | Brussels

Our first international trip from Germany was to Brussels, Belgium over Thanksgiving weekend. It happened to coincide with the opening weekend of the city’s Christmas market, known as Winter Wonders. This was by far the largest and most impressive of the six Christmas markets we visited over the season, featuring 200+ vendor “chalets,” a massiveContinue reading “Belgium | Brussels”

Germany | Heidelberg

Beautiful Heidelberg. Our first day trip after moving to Germany was to Heidelberg, a university town about an hour outside of Frankfurt whose original buildings from the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance escaped destruction by World War II air raids and are largely intact. Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany, datingContinue reading “Germany | Heidelberg”

Slowing Down

I made a new year’s resolution for the first time in years: Slow down. I am rarely without a to-do list, and feel ill at ease unless everything on that list is done or in the process of getting done. “Relaxing” in the evenings is acceptable, as long as it’s done after Piopio is putContinue reading “Slowing Down”