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”

Spanish Friday: Santa Secreto

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Hola. Probablemente tú pensabas que yo ya no podía hablar español. Pues, no es fácil y he olvidado mucho. Pero yo quería tratar otra vez.Hoy estoy escribiendo sobre una tradición navideña estadounidense, una que es común en las oficinas y en grupos de amigos: “Santa Secreto.” (WordReferenceContinue reading “Spanish Friday: Santa Secreto”