A Different Christmas Market

"mini nativity sets in Feria del Belen in Sevilla"

A Totally Different Christmas Market What would Christmas be without Christmas markets? These fairs with their arts and crafts stalls, handmade candles, sticky candies and mulled wine have become such an integral part of the Western Christmas experience that we tend to forget how pagan they actually are – as pagan as, well, a Christmas tree.

We forget, that is, until we run into something that is different and exotic enough to make

A Different Christmas Market

Five Christmas Markets All In A Row

"Christmas market in Essen Germany"

What to See in Germany Christmas Markets in Germany Even at this time of year, hiking in Central and Northern Europe can be fun – until about 3 p.m., that is.

By which time, at the best of times, the pale sun is getting even paler and slowly begins to set while the temperature drops another couple of degrees. This is nature’s way of telling you: Quick! Search shelter! Look

Five Christmas Markets All In A Row

Hiking And Christmas Markets in Germany

"Christmas market in Trier Germany copyright Tourist Information Trier"

Let’s face it, fellow hikers: November is not the best month of the year for hiking

The weather is getting murkier by the day, the trees are shedding their leaves, the clouds barely seem to lift, and, worst of all, the days are getting seriously short. Which is not good news unless you happen to like hiking in the dark (and I still have to meet someone who does).

Hiking And Christmas Markets in Germany