Santa Comes to Town…

Heidelburg Christmas Market

Okay, not Santa, but for 2 days one of my favorite family members met me here at my home to get a little German Christmas spirit to take with her in her pocket before traveling back home. I LOVE the way I feel in her company, and being a host to such an energetic, expansive character. Plus, another world traveler (we trapeezed around Provence together last summer) to take advantage of the sights and culture in the area around where I live.

I live in the Rhineland Pflaz area of Germany, closest to France (um, it WAS france on numerous occasions) and smack dab between the two big rivers (MOSEL AND RHINE) and thus, part of wine country.

First on our limited dancing card…staying warm at Christmas Markets. Almost every town hosts a market at least ONE weekend a year, but many stay open for 3-4 week during Advent. You can expect huts, with people selling products (ornaments, baked goods, candy, and artisan crafts) and gluhwein.  I personally like seeing how each market is decorated differently.

Kaiserslautern Market (see the decorations in the trees?(

But there is ALWAYS GUHLWEIN

Guhlwein

This hot, mulled wine is most famous in my part of Germany, where the French have had a strong influence. It can be strong or sweet. You pay around $3 a mug, and $2 more if you want to keep the mug (several people collected them).  And there’s always food!

Hot Rolls straight from the fire kiln

The centuries-old tradition reaches back to a time when regular seasonal markets took place throughout the year. Christmas Markets were a welcome occurrence during cold-weather months. They were joyful occasions for weary villagers and added a bit of light to long winter nights….To this day, locals get off work and have a few drinks before heading home. It’s the best happy hour of the year!

Goat Cheese Rosemary Honey Crepe

Besides Christmas market attending, we also visited Heidelberg, about 75 minutes east of my house. In the rain, we ate up all the history in the castle. Taking in the apothecary, or pharmacist museum (just think of how amazing these inventions are!) and a guided tour.

Plus Shopping!

Shoppers and the Baker in my favorite shop

Snacking

Beer and Pretzel (Made in an wood fire oven!)

a pedicure

Cute Feet!

and two delicious meals, one with a large group of my friends, and another just the two of us

Apple Struedel

Just a whole lot of treats that made it FEEL like the Christmas spirit, you know?

Who is your Santa this year?

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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3 thoughts on “Santa Comes to Town…

  1. Hope you had a great Christmas. I hear those Christmas Markets are awesome. One day I’ll have to come check those out. It is great you had some visitors. Hoping my sister and parents can get to Japan soon, but at least I will see them in late Spring in Israel, and then we are going to Spain.

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