NOT the 2nd day of Christmas and NOT Boxing Day. Just the 2nd Christmas Day
...the 26th, following the 1st Christmas Day yesterday, the 25th.
It's an official holiday...more of which you can read about at my Vision & Verb today.
Where to start!
Make that markets, plural, since there were several near each other.
The huge Christmas tree from Lillehammer, Norway, stood on the main square
in the old town/Altstadt, near the historic town hall.
Just when I wondered if they'd have a huge pyramid
(similar to my days in Hannover)...there she stood.
I was not disappointed.
And yes, I got my chestnuts roasting on the open fire!
And since I'm on the subject...there was food everywhere....
...as well as the ubiquitous glühwein.
Every stand had its own mug you could buy with your drink
(which we did, of course).
Yes, Santa, too, was there....
...in new and old versions, with all his toys.
(click on any image/collage to enlarge)
This is the eye-candy of the Weihnachtsmarkt!
When Astrid saw my image of the wooden tops, she said "Ohhhhh!"
Had she seen them, she would have bought one...memories from her childhood.
If ever you've been on a European river cruise, maybe you've seen it!
We actually saw the promenade from the other side of the Rhine
when we crossed over the bridge.
The Rheinturm steeple is the telecommunications tower.
When you see the tower from a distance, you know you're almost there.
You know me and architecture!
And weathervanes, too.
About this time we were ready to eat!
We already had our latte macchiato and bread-with-chocolate earlier.
And we would have had bratwurst with sauerkraut at a stand...
except that we wanted to sit down somewhere inside.
So we ate wonderful Indonesian food while overlooking a German market!
It tells you everything you need to know
when you see furs selling for €15.900 - 48.900 ($20,760 - 63,849).
Or even that FURS are being sold in the first place!
It was the menswear window displays Astrid most wanted to see.
(Remember, this is what she trained for all those years ago.)
But we sure enjoyed seeing everything else, too....
...some things more affordable than others,
even though we didn't buy a thing!
It was a day for the eyes...and being "short of them," as the Dutch say.
Christmas was everywhere, whether commercial or not.
We got what we wanted...and parked two blocks away from all the activity!
(Remember that clean-car sticker we got for this Clean City!)
Till then...what will YOU be doing this day after Christmas, the 2nd Christmas Day? Check out my Vision & Verb to see what we'll be doing....