So I’m wondering if anyone has noticed yet that I quite like Christmas? 😉 No? Well allow me to present more evidence in that case:
This weekend, Mr Whisperer and I went on a three night break to Germany. We love to travel and explore new countries (see here for all the countries we have visited) and Germany is one that has passed us by until now. So, what better way to remedy that than to combine my love of travel and my love of Christmas.
We arrived in Dusseldorf and got the train to Cologne were there are a total of 7 markets each December than attract over 2 million visitors every year. The christmas markets in Europe go back hundreds of years in the German speaking parts, with Bautzen in eastern Germany being possibly the first in 1384, although Vienna in Austria did have its own December market as early as 1294. Since then they have sprung up all over the world, and we have even started getting one in Leeds (my nearest large city) a few years ago, but you just can’t beat the atmosphere of the real authentic markets in their country of origin.
What a magical experience. There were four Christmas markets in the German town of Cologne (on the Rhine) selling everything from hand-crafted toys through to delicious traditional German food and drink.
♪ ♫ Food, Glorious Food…♫ ♪
I also met santa and I am pleased to report that he likes a good book too 🙂
I loved Germany so much and plan on going back to explore some more. The people were so friendly, and there was so much culture and history – loved it!