We are trying to hit up as many European Christmas markets as we can as this will likely be our last winter in Europe for the foreseeable future. So far we have been to Lyon, France; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany; Johannisberg Kreuz (market in the forest), Germany; Bernkastel-Kues, Germany; Trier, Germany; our local Christmas market; Nancy, France; and Metz, France. In the upcoming weeks we hope to also attend Colmar, France for their Christmas markets.
First our town. The market is tiny but is has everything you need. Gluwein (spiced hot wine), potato pancakes, sausages and lentil soup. We enjoyed a nice evening with friends there this year and also a little daytime stroll through where we took these pictures. Also included is the main square with one of our town Christmas trees and a picture of a horse we saw on a walk.
I don't think I have ever shared pictures of Ethan's best friend, Sherlock. He is our neighbor's dog and they love to play together. As you can see in the picture, Ethan will even share his bed with him.
In this entry I will include pictures from our last two trips. The first was to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This town is known for its medieval wall and intact buildings. It truly is the quintessential German experience. We took the long way to Rothenburg through various little towns also decorated for Christmas including advent calendars.
Just when we thought it couldn't look any more like a story book, we arrived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Notice the wall says 1770. You can walk along the top of the wall almost all the way around the village. It has a covered walkway with holes to see out where the guards stood watch over the town. I believe it had 5 or seven different gates and they were all unique in their construction and design.
We also took a stroll along the Tauber river to the neighboring town which also had many historic buildings and walls.
On the way back we stopped in the Kaiserslautern area to meet up with Kyle and Julie and their little ones. We all went to the Christmas market in the forest the next day and ran into these crazy fools (Kate and TW + their newest addition) from back in our Japan days. It is so fun to have all of these Japan reunions. Love it.
We might have bought matching hats
I will leave it at that.
Next on the docket was a trip to Nancy and Metz. This ended up being primarily an eating trip intermixed with Christmas markets and walking. We have been to both of these cities before but wanted to see them at holiday time and we wanted to join our friends Kyle and Julie on a little adventure. Here are some pics from around Nancy with its beautiful ornate gates. We also enjoyed a date with Kyle and a date with Julie while the other stayed at home with the kiddos. We all love French food.
While driving home from Nancy, we went to an ice sculpture event in Metz. The theme was Brothers Grimm fairy tales and the second half of the tent was Disney princesses dancing in a ballroom with their respective princes. It was COLD inside. Ethan was appreciative of being in a bag. We only got one group shot during this trip.
It was a fun little weekend adventure and this is how we all felt once we got home and warm.