German Christmas Markets

In lieu of birthday and Christmas presents for each other (both of our b-days are in December), C. & I took a short trip to Germany.

The Rhine

Cologne Aldstadt or Old City

On the way to the markets

A bit of ironwork

Christmas tree as sentinel.

In Cologne, it's Christmas on top of cranes too. Lights as well? But of course!

Tree waiting for DeCaprio? Fortunately, there was no Celine Dion soundtrack.

Arrival at markets with sausage in hand.

Old timey music man

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. No, really. A lot. It's Über-Christmas.

Potato fritters with cranberry & applesauce. Paradise.

Best gingerbread house ever.

So many Santas. So little time.

Day two:

Lunch on a stick.

A gluten-intolerant girl can dream.

The best dish ever. Potato dumplings, arugula, parmesan and sun dried tomatoes.

The Massive Kölner Dom

And around town…in between markets, a bit of window shopping.  Impressive displays everywhere.

As I have a million other pics I’d love to share, I’ll add a post in a bit just on Cologne to share some of the splendid architecture and add a few musings about the city itself.

Thanks, people (and trees) of Cologne for such a wonderful time!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mujerboricua
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 19:20:58

    Weren’t the lights on the cranes weird but awesome? There was a crane across our hotel room and it took me a few minutes to figure out it was lit up for Christmas.

    Oh the food…I wish I had gotten to taste a potato fritter. That sounds amazing!

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  2. taramoyle
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:46:52

    Ha–that’s funny that you noticed them too. I just loved that. How’d they get the trees up there?? That was my question. They’re hard enough to get in a car and inside a house!

    Yes, do go for a piping hot fritter. They had some with cheese on them and a green onion option. I’m forever ruined. 🙂

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  3. Sylvia Overley-Cowsert
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 02:33:18

    Dear Tara, A voice from the past. What beautiful photos. Seems as though i’m there in Germany. My Mother’s family is from Germany and I wish to visit there sometime. You have wetted my appetite. Looking forward to see you when you come stateside. Blessings to you . Sylvia Overley-Cowsert

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    • taramoyle
      Dec 28, 2011 @ 18:16:52

      Hi Sylvia! Great to hear from you. Thanks for taking a peek at my blog. Yes, the markets are supposed to be wonderful in many German cities. Colin’s been in Berlin, and Munich is next on our list. We liked the markets in Cologne much more than Dusseldorf, and would recommend our hotel near the Rhine. Do go–it was truly the experience of a lifetime. Happy New Year! xoxo Tara

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  4. mariellen anderson
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 02:55:37

    The food dishes looked awesome…almost worth moving up a pant size!!
    You looked great over there also. Wish I were there. xoxo

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  5. taramoyle
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 13:06:39

    Thanks! Yes and I didn’t even take pics of the gluhwein or mulled wine, served hot with the option of a bit of amaretto. Helps to stay warm!

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