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”

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”

Germany | Bad Homburg

Beautiful Bad Homburg Bad Homburg Palace Pond Autumn colors on display Nativity scene at Bad Homburg Christmas market Bad Homburg is a picturesque spa town about a 20-minute drive from where we live in Frankfurt. In all the hullabaloo about Christmas market season, Kail, Piopio, and I mistakenly ventured there one weekend too early inContinue reading “Germany | Bad Homburg”

Frankfurt | Weihnachtsmarkt

Römerberg One of the main areas of the Frankfurt Christmas market is in the Römerberg market square, with the iconic Römer building (City Hall) in the background. Christmas Stars Illuminating many a window throughout Germany, these paper lanterns are popular Christmas decorations. Gemütlich Is there anything cozier than a Christmas market? Weihnachtsmarkt Food One ofContinue reading “Frankfurt | Weihnachtsmarkt”

Jordan | Aqaba

After two years of living in Jordan, I finally made it to Aqaba, a city in southern Jordan on the Red Sea. Kail and I had talked about going for a long time. There are a lot of nice resorts and scuba diving centers.It’s been almost three years since we went diving (since our tripContinue reading “Jordan | Aqaba”

Jordan | Ajloun Castle

A few weeks after I returned to Jordan from home leave, Kail and I took a day trip to visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century Muslim castle built as a defense against the Crusaders. While we had both traveled to Ajloun before for work and personal trips, including hikes on the Jordan Trail and olive picking,Continue reading “Jordan | Ajloun Castle”

Three Days in Paris

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe.Over the summer, Kail and I spent three days in Paris en route to the United States for home leave — similar to our stopover in London on the way home from Afghanistan. It was an amazing trip, and we only touched the tip of theContinue reading “Three Days in Paris”

Long Weekend in Dubai

My last blog entry before I dropped off the face of the earth for 7.5 months was celebrating our five-year wedding anniversary. We also celebrated in real life, with a weekend trip to Dubai.Kail and I had traveled to Dubai several times before, mostly in transit during our one-year assignment in Kabul. The longest weContinue reading “Long Weekend in Dubai”