Christmas in Germany… Weihnachtsmarkt

When the weather turns cold here in Europe everyone knows its time for the Christkindlmarkt! Christmas in Europe is a very special time of the year, from all the decorations to the beautiful winter foliage – there is sure to be something for everyone!

I am sharing just a few of the Markets that I traveled to this year and in years past. After living over here in Europe and visiting for the last three years I have hit quite a few of them! You can never go wrong with choosing a market, wether they are in Germany or other places in Europe they always have the same things to look for and find that are the best parts of every Christmas market!

The best items to get at a German Christmas market or any markets across Europe are of course… the FOOD, a few handmade items and last but not least, the Gluwhein or the hot mulled wine!

Make sure to take a picture of yourself in front of the Christmas sign, the decorated trees and indulge in the sweet treats that are all around you! My favorites are definitely the crepes filled with Nutella and banana OR the tiny little pancakes called Poffers.. YUM! You are sure to always find a Wurst mit Brochen.. the german way to say a bratwurst with bread 🙂 DELICIOUS! Also they have a pizza type of cuisine called flammkuchen that is a small flat bread pizza with a white cream sauce on top then topped with tiny pieces of bacon, onion and cheese. These are what are traditional to German markets but other places – like hungry – might have other specialty items! One for example is the Kürtőskalács– a dough that has been wrapped around a large wooden stick to make a “chimney cake” desert. They are then cooked over an open fire, once cooked they are then doused with cinnamon and sugar!

There are so many stands that will sell you the traditional Christmas Market drink… Gluhwein, served in a souvenir mug (costs a pfland or deposit) but its yours to keep if you want! If you return it you get your deposit back. They also have Hot Schokolade, or a kinderpunsch if you aren’t into the alcoholic beverages. 🙂

Make sure to grab a few crucial photo ops while at the markets, and continue drinking your Gluwhein!

  • Photo of the holiday mug served at every market
  • Snap a pic of the live animal manger scenes that will make an appearance at most markets
  • Smile big in front of the biggest Christmas tree you can find!
  • Make sure to document which market you went to with a pic in front of the arch or sign & entrance.
  • Who can find the biggest Christmas carousel? Snap a pic in front of one that you find!
  • Snap a pic of your wurst sandwich find.. almost impossible to leave a market with out partaking in one of these as a snack.
  • A picture of your handmade ornament that was the most unique
  • A picture with your friends and family at the market!

This year my sister and I visited –

    Esslingen Christmas Market (my FAVE)
    Stuttgart Christmas Market
    Berlin Christmas Markets
  • Past years in Germany I have visited-
    • Wurzburg Market (smaller)
      Boblingen (smaller)
      ChocoArt Festival in Tubingen!
    In France I have only been to the Strasbourg Christmas market, which is one of the largest and oldest markets in all of Europe. It is truly a beautiful market and a beautiful fairytale like town that offers the Christmas feeling at every glance!

    My husband and I have also visited a few Christmas markets in Italy – Rome, Venice and Milan.

    Recently my sister and I have just traveled across the Eastern part of Europe where we got to experience the markets in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic! Equally could all be my favorites places to go and spend Christmas time. The decorations, the food and the merriment made for a truly enjoyable trip through Europe! My next post will have more on this trip that I just took with my sister. It was such an amazing experience and you don’t want to miss out on the inside scoop!


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    Paris Food Tour.. DO IT and thank me later

    Sweet Treats Tour in PARIS.. OMG I was in HEAVEN!

    We started our food tour in St. Germaine, a beautiful little area that is filled with things to do and plenty to eat!  Before we stared we mosied around the area and found an awesome/amazing second hand store that was totally ALL vintage!  Hats, fanny packs, jackets, dresses, you name it… they were all vintage and they were all amazing.  We also came across an art showing that was filled with artists selling their different types of art up and down the streets.

    Finally it was time we met up with our tour guide and her love of food was just like mine, we started talking about macaroons and how they are so incredibly perfect, that’s when she told me that I would be extremely happy with the choice of the first stop… the whole time I was thinking, how can I get this job and be a food tour guide?? But if I were… I’d gain 50lbs! HA She said that’s why she didn’t take part in eating the wonderful treats anymore 😉

    Soo…first stop, my fave, MACAROONS.  Lauderee was the name of the Macaroon store and they have been making macaroons for years. These treats are so incredibly delicious, they are crunchy on the outside, while a soft brownie like cookie is waiting under that crispy shell, then to elevate it even more, its filled with the most delicious cream fillings you’ve ever tried. I chose the chocolate, because I can’t ever not choose chocolate, my downfall.  My father had lemon, mother had almond one and my husband had a caramel macroon.  I got to try them all and they were all super delicious!

    The next stop was at a Henri La Roux, it was a carmels shop. Not just ANY carmales, but these were “melt in your mouth” caramels that had any flavor you could dream.  I had the rose caramel and let me tell you, I could have happily devoured 10 more of those.  Some of the other choices were Salted Carmel, lemon and melon.

    Our third stop, was an unexpected dream come true.  It was called Popelini.  Popelini creates these wonderful cream puffs that again, have creative flavors!   Once the tour was over.. we went back and bought a whole box! THAT is how good these things were.  There was a rum flavor, pistache, rose, mango, nutella and so many more!  YUMMM

    Next on the tour was a place called Meert Patisserie.   This place was beautiful on the inside and had an amazing treat just waiting for us.  When I was told we were getting waffles I envisioned this thick fluffy waffle drenched with butter and syrup… nope… BUT Meert’s been long time famous for these unique version of the gaufre, a delicate waffle that is native to Holland, Belgium and northern France.  Meert’s version, recipe a long time secret, is an amazing mixture of a cream center with a vanilla or cinnamon twist in between a soft waffle outer crust.

     

     

    Now for the Éclairs!  When you think Paris, I’m sure an Éclair pops in your head, right?  No…just me? Ha!  Anyways, these were the most amazingly decorated, hand made concoctions you’ve ever seen! Located at E’clair De Genie. 🙂

     

    At this point we were STUFFED!  So many sweet treats but every bite being worth it, and eye opening to all the places that are hiding in Paris.  Make sure to either pop into a few of these places or take the tour, either way it is definitely worth it and show you what Paris and France or known for, the sweet sweet confectionary creations. IMG_2017

    This Girls 5 Reasons to Travel Now… don’t wait!

    We all know that travel is expensive and most of us in our twenties don’t have that much of a cushion when it comes to cash flow.  BUT that doesn’t mean we should lock our selves into our jobs and take life too serious… just yet!  Here are 5 reason you should take that trip you’ve been planning and jet set on out of here!

    1. You get the best experiences
      1. Why might you ask?  BECAUSE you have done the nitty gritty research, all the ins and outs of each location to find THE BEST deals.  When you don’t have much money to travel on you don’t just pick the best looking hotel room or the first one you see.  YOU find the diamond in the rough!  Yes it was hard, but YES it is worth it to see that the location you chose is usually where most of the locals hang out -rather than in the super tourist parts of town.
    2. You can enjoy the night life a little more
      1. I am not saying that when you are older you won’t enjoy the night life, but if you are young and single you can meet a few people and they can change the experience from just seeing the inside of a club, to maybe meeting up for drinks the next day and EXPERIENCING the true city.  When you are traveling by yourself or even with another person/significant other while young you can reach out to those locals and see the city the way they see it.
    3. Your body can take it
      1. When you are young your body can recuperate so much faster than while you’re older.  Soo.. go ahead and enjoy that long night out but also plan an early morning hike or EXREME activity! Jump out of an airplane, run an adventure race, jump off a cliff… My husband said it to me this way… “Am I going to run with the bulls when I am sixty?” NOPE!  I’m pretty sure at sixty i’m gonna be sitting on a beach relaxing with a drink in my hand rather than running around Pamplona 😉
    4. You take more RISKS
      1. I’ve seen my point of view already chaining on this one since I am getting a little older… “maybe I don’t need to take this trip or take that leap into cold water”… NO, we DO need to JUMP!  We only get to experience this life one time and this ONE TIME needs to be full of fun and excitement and the things that keep our hearts racing and pumping!  When we are young we are more likely to take those risks that get more out of our life!
    5. You probably have no commitments
      1. When most of us are in our mid twenties the only thing we think that matters is this.. graduate, get a job, start a career and then build a family.  WELL lets try to rethink this one, what if we traveled the world first and got all the experiences in life that could shape us into who we really can become.  THEN we can start our careers and the paths we choose to take.  Right now in life, there are no children, and the jobs are ALWASY going to be waiting for us when we get back.  Take the chance, take the leap and BOOK THAT TRIP!

    I hope i’ve convinced you that you can go and travel young, soooo now lets get out there!! We all have been given the chance to live the way we want and the world is at the tips of our fingers…  this photo always reminds me of the beauty in the world and lights a fire beneath my feet and I most definitely want MORE.  Find the photo that inspires you to dream, and to remember that no dream is too big!  #GIRLMEETSWORLD

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    BUCKET LIST…dreams do come true!

    Thinking about creating a bucket list? Check out a few of mine and add them to your own!

    My husband and I are thrill seeking, travel crazy and fun loving people!  Now I have to admit.. my husband is FAR more outgoing than myself.  He loves to find the most thrilling and exciting things to do everywhere we go!  Also we we have now started our own bucket list that we’ve added to together so we can dream of what to do and where to go next!  Some of the items are risk taking adventures but i’m gladly always along for the ride! Take a peak at ours and grab a few ideas for yourself 🙂

    TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

    • South Africa
      • Cage Diving
    • Colombia
      • Swim with Hammerheads
    • Moscow
    • Cairo Egypt
      • Pyramids
    • Great Wall of China
    • Dublin, Ireland
      • Cliffs of Mohr
      • Giants Causeway
    • Berlin
    • Galápagos Islands
    • Iceland
    • Christmas in Paris
    • Nicaragua
      • Volcano Board
    • Machu Pichu
    • Venice
    • Rome
    • Thailand
      • Songkran Waterfight
      • Full moon party
    • Sweden/Finland – Northern Lights
      • Stay in an igloo
      • Dog sled
    •  Visit all 50 states
    • Lisbon, Portugal
      • Eat where Anthony Bourdain ate – Ramiro’s
    • Greece
      • Athens – visit the Acropolis
      • Mykanos Islands
    • United Kingdom
      • Manchester United Soccer Game
      • Visit home of the Beatles
      • See a broadway show in London
    • Mexico
      • Swim with Whale Sharks
      • Swim with Dolphins
    • Croatia
      • ULTRA EDM Festival
      • Yacht Week
    • India
      • Ride an Elephant
    • Morocco
      • Ride a Camel
      • Hold a Cobra
    • Dubai
      • Ride a sandboard
    • Ivrea, Italy
      • Battle of the Oranges
    • Brazil
    • Milan for New Years
    • Besançon, France
      • Jungle Run
    • Buñol, Spain
      • Biggest tomato fight

    ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST

    • Tandem Skydive
      • Sky diving license
    • Scuba Diving
      • Scuba license
    • Zorbing
    • Swim in the Dead Sea
    • Frankenstein Castle in Burg Germany
    • Week long adventure race
    • Tomorrowland
    • Run a Marathon or Half Marathon
    • Be in a movie
    • Sail a boat
    • Eat a blowfish
    • Go on a safari
    • Attend the Olympics
    • Be a part of a flash mob

    Now these aren’t all of our bucket list goals but its a large portion of them. These are just the travel and adventure goals.  We also like to add a lot of personal goals on our bucket list to motivate us forward every day.  If you see it then you can dream it and believe it!

    **Feel free to ask me any questions about the places we have traveled! All of the orange places that are marked through have been completed as a one of our bucket list items!  Some of them even have a blog post with them, and one day they all will!

    We are happy to help! 🙂