Posts from the ‘Christmas’ Category
I’m always happy to be back in the German university town of Heidelberg, a place where I lived and worked as a research astronomer for 2 years.
Arriving in Heidelberg thanks to my German Rail Pass, how was I to know the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas markets had opened just the day before!
Once again, as in times I’ve been here before, I’m happily immersed under bright coloured lights; a mulled wine in hand, standing next to the giant Christmas tree at Marktplatz; swimming in the sea of smiling residents and visitors, young and old; munching on grilled steak, Bratwurst, and Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) with apple or garlic sauce; nibbling on Marzipan, Stollen, and Spekulatius; and washing all of it down with more mulled wine …
The photos show scenes at a number of markets along the Hauptstrasse (main street). From west to east, Heidelberg’s markets along the Hauptstrasse are at:
- Bismarckplatz (Bismarck Square, B)
- Anatomiegarten (Anatomy Garden, A)
- Universitätsplatz (University Square, U)
- Marktplatz (Market Square, M)
- Kornmarkt (Grain Market, K)
- Karlsplatz (Charles Square, C).
I made the photos above on 22 and 23 November 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
Love & Strategy at the Weihnachtsmarkt
With my Germanophile or Teutonophile status extending to embrace all that is the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt), here are reasons why I love these markets:
- Hang out with friends.
- Scope out the food stalls.
- Drink Glühwein, round 1.
- Consume food, round 1: Bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffer, Flammkuchen, Schnitzel, etc. Standing in my way are Brezeln, soup, Schweinehaxen, or cookies and cakes.
- Drink Glühwein, round 2.
- Consume food, round 2: preferably something different from round 1.
- Gawk at all of the things I could buy but won’t, although I’m thinking about getting that Rotes Sternchen (little red star) for the family tree …
I have a minimum number of two Glüwein per visit, but it happens my drink maximum is also at two. At three, my head spins up into the stratosphere, while the rest of my body sinks down to fall-down hilarity.
But I’ve kept my skull intact long enough to make these snaps on opening weekend to Vancouver’s Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear and speak German with various volunteers and employees working the booths and stands at the Vancouver Christmas market.
Eat, drink, and be merry: wir feiern Weihnachtsmarkt!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, located between Translink’s SkyTrain Stadium-Chinatown station and Granville station.
I made these Instagrams mostly during the market’s opening weekend, 22-23 November 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
As 2012 comes to a close, so too approaches the end of my year of around-the-world travel. I want to take this opportunity and send my best wishes to friends and family around the world, to those whom I visited and stayed, and to those whom I met for the first time …
Merry Christmas and happy holidays: all the best to you and loved ones in 2013!
Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
I made the photo above in Heumarkt in Köln on 30 November 2012; this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
As announced a few days ago, today’s Friday-photos theme is “festive”:
BREAKING: This week's #FriFotos theme is FESTIVE! I love this time of year! Pls RT & spread the word.—
Jonathan Epstein (@EpsteinTravels) December 13, 2011
I hope you enjoyed the photos above, as much as I enjoyed making them! More blog posts about Christmas can be found here.
This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com)
A photo I took at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) in December 2010 was used with consent for this year’s Christmas card to be mailed out by Mr. Farid Müller, who is a member of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen (Greens) party and also presently a representative in the state parliament of Hamburg, Germany.
Here below is the full low-resolution version of the photo used :
I’m glad the photo worked out well for Mr. Müller’s card – thanks to Eric Hinzner for contacting me!
This post appears first on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).