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Christmas markets, Prague Old Town Square (part 2)

It’s Christmas Day (2010).

The skies are grey, streets and buildings are covered in a layer of white, and all is relatively quiet on the European continent, despite the travel snarls and traffic disruptions in the air and on the ground.

On this Christmas Day, my series on Christmas markets in Europe continues with a second set of photographs at the market at Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) in Prague.

Merry Christmas / Frohe Weihnachten / Veselé vánoce!

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Kostel Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas Church), Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Icicles, Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

The first set of photographs made at Old Town Square is at here. A set of photographs made at Wenceslas Square can be found here.

The photos above were made on 4 December 2010 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF 50mm/1.4 lens, and no tripod. Published initially on 25 Dec 2010 to Posterous, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).

Christmas markets, Prague Old Town Square (part 1)

While visiting Prague in early December (2010), I visited the Christmas market at Wenceslas Square, and made my way eventually to the (larger) Christmas market at Old Town Square (Vánoční trhy na Staroměstském náměstí).

Prague’s Old Town Square is one of the oldest parts in Prague where the original charter or incorporation as the city we know today was created. The present-day version of Old Town Square is one of the most important public areas in the city. Regardless of the time of year, no festival is too large to be held in this beautiful historical square.

It might be cold at this time of year, but everyone’s out having a good time with some svařené víno (mulled wine), klobása (sausage), or pečené kaštany (roasted chestnuts). If the wine’s too much, there’s always punč (punch) or čaj (tea) to sip on and stay warm.

So grab a drink, walk around, and have a look at the lights and fixtures at the Christmas market in Prague’s Old Town Square.

Old Town Hall, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas decorations, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas decorations, Old Town Square, Prague

Light fixtures, Old Town Square, Prague

Light angel, Old Town Square, Prague

Angel light fixture, Old Town Square, Prague

Back of the angel, Old Town Square, Prague

Crazy Czechs, Old Town Square, Prague

Old Town Hall, Old Town Square, Prague

The second set of photographs made at Old Town Square is located here. A set of photographs made at Wenceslas Square can be found here.

The photos above were made on 4 December 2010 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF 50mm/1.4 lens, and no tripod. Published initially on 23 Dec 2010 to Posterous, this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Christmas Markets, part 2 : Munich Marienplatz

With two weeks to Christmas (10 Dec 2010), I’m continuing my series on Christmas Markets, which will eventually take me to Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, and Prague.

One of the main and most popular Christmas markets in the Bavarian state capital is found in the Altstadt (Old Town) at Marienplatz. The market here is spread out in front of the Neues Rathaus, and this year’s giant of a Christmas tree hails from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, if the signs nailed to the trunk are true. There are stalls offering Christmas decorations and tree ornaments; candied hearts with declarations of love (“ich liebe dich”); scarves, hats, and mitts for bipeds or quadrupeds; roasted nuts; grilled steak or, of course, the humble Bratwurst; fried potato pancakes; and the ubiquitous Glühwein.

Glühwein (mulled wine) is heated red-wine with spices, e.g., cloves, citrus, cinnamon, sugar, etc. At any given Christmas market, Glühwein can be had from any number of countless stalls. You can often order Glühwein “mit Schuss”, which is an extra shot of rum or liqueur. Not only do you pay for the Glühwein, there’s also a modest deposit for the mug in which the hot grog is served. After finishing your drink, you can keep the mug as a souvenir of your visit to the market, or you can return the mug from the original booth or stall and get your deposit back. It’s easy to see how over time your cabinets become filled with Glühwein mugs which change annually and can be different from one market to another (or even, one stall to another).

Over a number of sessions were a few Glühwein and a few Wurst consumed (or destroyed), as far as I can remember. Walking through the markets at any time day or night can be problematic, if one stumbles into the market either hungry or cold with the warm delicious smells of food and drink wafting through the air. But rest assured that with a few euros jangling in your pocket waiting to be freed, it’s always good to know the invitation to consume and partake is always open.

Marienplatz by day
Marienplatz by day
Muenchner Kipperlmarkt
Marienplatz Weihnachtsmarkt
Chorus at Marienplatz Weihnachtsmarkt
Marienplatz by night
Marienplatz by nightMarienplatz by night

Photos above were made at Munich’s Marienplatz with the Canon EOS450D camera and the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens.

Appearing initially on Posterous on 10 Dec 2010, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).

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