Set around the town hall and Aachen Cathedral, the Aachen Christmas market is small but cozy. In addition to an abundance of the requisite Nutcrackers, Smokers and Christmas Pyramids that are staples at the German Christmas markets, Aachen's local specialty - a type of sweet bread called Printen - is also sold at the market.
Though it's quite small, with only a handful of stalls, the Tallinn Christmas market was absolutely delightful. There are a ton of fun holiday activities at the market, including an outdoor skating rink, classical and jazz concerts, and Santa’s house where the littlest visitors to the market can mail their Christmas list and feed the baby reindeer.
If I was forced to choose a favorite out of the
countless Christmas markets I have had the pleasure of visiting, the honor
would go to Prague. The city is just so stunning, in that fairytale sort of
way, and even more so when it is all done up for the holidays.
Vienna Christmas Market is believed to have evolved from the city’s 'December
Market’ and has more than 700 years of tradition. This tradition is alive and
well in Vienna where you can find an impressive Christkindlmarkt around almost
largest Christmas Market takes place in front of the city's neo-Gothic town hall, the Rathauspark, which
has elaborately decorated trees, and for children, pony rides on the
Christkindl Express, and the Rathaus itself is transformed into an enormous
advent calendar, and each day a window is opened.
There are a number of Christmas markets in and around Copenhagen
however, it is the one at the Tivoli Gardens that should not
be missed. Tivoli Gardens is Denmark’s most popular tourist attraction, and theinspiration for Disneyland
in California. Normally closed during the winter, Tivoli opens its gates for
the month of December and is transformed into a winter wonderland.
Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit in Europe like a Christmas market.
These markets, which originated in Germany, can now be found in many cities
throughout Europe. I really enjoy Christmas markets and have been to several
over the years. I’ll be sharing some of my Christmas
market pilgrimages for the 12 Days of Christmas Markets.
my brief visit to Iceland during the summer, I took the Golden Circle tour courtesy
of Reykjavik Excursions. The Golden Circle is a 190 mile round trip from Reykjavik
into central Iceland that goes to Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss
Waterfall and the geothermal valley of Haukadalaur.
I went to Poznań, a few months ago, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I didn’t
know much about it other than it was a host city for the 2012 UEFA European Championship.It’s not like Poznań is not some tiny village in the
middle of nowhere. It’s the capital of Western Poland and situated between
Berlin and Warsaw.
Despite what many believe, the famous pink suit that Jacqueline Kennedy was
wearing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated WAS NOT a Chanel. In order to
appear more patriotic by buying and wearing clothes from the US, it was an
American made knockoff. However, Coco Chanel
believed imitation was the sincerest form of flattery and found these faux
Chanel suits to be a great form of advertisement.
breaks are very popular in Europe. My family and I try take advantage of an
(increasingly rare) activity-free weekend to go to another a city and satisfy
our travel jones. These short jaunts give us a dose of another place and its
culture, with visits to its museums, galleries and restaurants.