Comments: 29
BrokenTune 7 months ago
Looks great. And taking your mug home is practically a Christmas tradition in itself.

We went to Christmas "village" here last night (after watching the parade and the subsequent switching on of Christmas lights in town), but it was a pitiful attempt at recreating a Christmas market, so not many pictures...
Haha, too right about taking home the mug! :)

Well, at least you do have a Christmas-something-or-other! (I'd expect Edinburgh might have an even bigger one, probably on the Royal Mile?) Though it's interesting to see how this is becoming a "thing" all over Europe -- to the point that major newspapers now have sections for "Europe's best Christmas markets" and the like in their travel sections.
BrokenTune 7 months ago
Edinburgh has a much revered Christmas-something-or-other all along George Street. I'll visit in December. Might also get a look at what Glasgow has to offer, we'll see. ;)
Oh yes, George Street ... right. (Well, if it's not on the Royal Mile, it's bound to be either there, on Princes Street, or on Charlotte Square ... :) ) Looking forward already to your pictures, if any. And also those of Glasgow, should that trip materialize as well!
Ani's Book Abyss 7 months ago
Medieval Christmas Market just sounds all sorts of cool! But any Christmas Market sounds really interesting anyway, and I'm so jealous, because all the photos look really neat, and mulled wine sounds good, and all of it just sounded like a good time. Thank you for sharing this!

I hope you get a chance to go to the medieval Christmas market, just because I'd love to see pictures of that! :P
Haha, well, I'll see what I can do! :) (And if not, I'll just share some of the pics I took there a few years ago ...)
Moonlight Reader 7 months ago
Love this post! That all looks so fabulous!
Thank you! I love Christmas markets and always try to build one or several visits to them into my Advent schedule. If you only look at the big picture, a lot of the stuff you find at any given German Christmas market may be present at just about every other Christmas market around the country, too, but it's still worthwhile to look closely because there *are* going to be highly individual arts and crafts vendors as well, and they alone make all the difference to me. Besides -- you just can't beat the atmosphere! :)
Glühwein...The last time I tasted it I didn't feel a thing, even after gobbling up lots and lots of the stuff. Only when I stood up I felt it...LOL. I can't seem to buy a decent German beverage in my neck of the woods. Even at the Goethe Institute I can no longer buy the stuff... We've got lots of Medieval Christmas Markets around Lisbon, particularly the old town. I think you told me you went there the last time you were here (Alfama, Mouraria - I was born here, etc.).
Yes, I did visit the old town of Lisbon when I visited ... eons ago, lol. I kind of love the fact that the local Christmas market is there, though, and not in any of the newer areas ... they just wouldn't provide the right atmosphere.

No Glühwein at the Goethe Institut (not even the industrially-produced stuff)? What is the world coming to??
This time around not even Dunkel Bier, my favourite...I've already been there and I came out empty handed. I've already filed a letter of complaint...
Well, looks like a shopping trip to the source is called for then ... :D
Maybe I'll go to Köln sooner than you think...lol.
You absolutely should! :D
You're welcome!
Murder by Death 7 months ago
Oh, oh, oh... this looks so fabulous. From the looks of your pictures I'd have bought my way through that market without any thought of the repercussions, lol. It looks beautiful and the cathedral backdrop... gah, I love Europe. Thanks for sharing!
I know ... temptation is a bitch with these. :) As I said in my response to MR, to veteran Christmas market visitors there's a certain amount of immunization provided by the fact that a given percentage of stalls are of a type that's virtually ubiquitous, so they lose their novelty effect after a while, but still -- it's the ensemble and the atmosphere that does it for me every single time, and sooner or later I end up stumbling across some vendor whose stuff is truly unique, and that's the moment when I'm done for ... as is my bank account!

Does Amsterdam have a Christmas market? I'd imagine that might be very atmospheric, too. If not, should you ever visit your friend this time of the year, you'll now know where to entice her to go ... :D
Murder by Death 7 months ago
I'm not sure if A-dam does or not - she's never mentioned one, but I'm going to ask her when we talk this week. Your market pictures alone are enough to entice me to visit in December! Maybe one of these years soon I'll drag MT to Europe for a N.H. Christmas. :)
Has he ever been to Europe?
Murder by Death 7 months ago
Yes - once with me a few years ago. We saw Wales, England and the NL. He like it more than he expected to, I think, but we were there primarily for a wedding so our sightseeing time was limited. We're definitely going back (of course) but I'm more likely to get him there in summer. :)
Murder by Death 7 months ago
Oh, and I spoke with my friend and A-dam doesn't really have a market like this one, but she mentioned she's planning a trip to the Cologne market in a couple of weeks - so now I have twice the market envy, lol!
Well, I guess that means you're going to have to make it two trips to Europe ... one in summer, one in winter! :D

I hope your friend is going to enjoy her visit to Cologne -- which incidentally has several Christmas markets; there's also one close to the Rhine, which is extremely popular, too ...
Lillelara 7 months ago
Great pictures, Themis :). The christmas markets where I live are small and actually kind of boring. It´s all about Glühwein and Bratwurst.

Do you know the christmas market in Tønder (Tondern). Tønder is Denmarks christmas town nr. 1 and the market is tiny, but when it is dark and all the lights are on it´s beautiful and charming. And "Det gamle Apotek" (Die alte Apotheke) is the best place to buy christmas paraphernalia.
That's a shame about the markets in your area ... and no, I don't know the one in Tønder. Hmmm, something to remember if I should ever be far enough north in December, so thanks for the tip! And, yes, at night with all the lights set against the darkness and the night sky a Christmas market's atmosphere gains an extra amount of charm ...
Olga Godim 7 months ago
Love the photos! Thank you.
You're welcome -- I had fun taking them!
Portable Magic 7 months ago
I can't even imagine living or working within a few minutes walk of such gorgeous scenery and such a lively market. I'd never get any work done, I think. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous pictures.
You're welcome! It's a yearly challenge to not get stuck out there, but challenges are meant to be overcome ...