Christmas Markets: A Winter In Europe Must Do!
Planning to winter in Europe?? Christmas markets are a must do!
When I originally booked my round the world ticket I had never intended to experience the cold. My goal for my trip was to experience a year-long summer. I started in New Zealand and Australia for summer and I was going to chase the sun. I hate bundling up and wearing winter gear unless it’s purposely spent at a winter resort to snowboard. Alas, life happened and I wound up in Europe during the late fall and into the New Year. One of my favorite things I experienced during my European winter was Christmas markets. I love markets in general!
I was in Paris around Thanksgiving when the Christmas markets started up popping up. I didn’t take photos of the stalls but I did take a couple of the winter scenery:
Galeries Lafayettes – the department store, gets festive
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Where is your favorite Christmas market?
This was the best holiday display ever. It was a Karl Lagerfeld winter tribute at Printemps in Paris
After Paris, I took the train to Brussels for the day. Their markets were in full swing.
Winter time in Brussel’s Chinatown. Yes, they have one!
A holiday market in Brussels
I didn’t spend much time in Brussels and moved onto Bruges. Here I experienced the best of Belgium: waffles, fries, and beer!
A winter market in Bruges
A Christmas scene in Bruges
Toy soldiers in Antwerp
After Belgium, I took the train to Amsterdam to see my friend Mattijs.
Some holiday-ish plants in Amsterdam
Big ol’ tree in Dam Square
After Amsterdam, I flew to Prague. I stayed with my friend Matt who was teaching English there at the time. While he worked I wandered around the city.
Holiday selfie in Prague
Christmas market by the Astronomical Clock in Prague
Entertainment at the market
Then I took the Eurolines bus from Prague to Berlin. Even though the bus ride is 5 hours long, it was way cheaper than the train. It was very comfortable and there was Wifi on the bus. Once I got to Berlin I stayed with my good friends Eric, Ines, and their daughter Mila.
Picking out a tree in Berlin although this photo looks like it could be anywhere. Ha!
Gluhwein at a Berlin Christmas market!
Starry lights at a train station in Berlin
Looking back, I did have a great time traveling through Europe during the winter. Being away for the holidays kept me busy and visiting friends in Berlin and Prague helped. It was my first holiday season after my mother passed on and I was pretty depressed about it. Travel provided the therapy and escape I needed at the time. Yay, travel!