Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Market in Cologne

We have just come back from a Mediaeval Christmas Market in Cologne. Yes, it's not even December yet, but the Germans don't care. If there's an opportunity to eat and drink something outdoors in the cold, they go for it. And why not? We went with some friends who live there.

There were various kinds of entertainment ...

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... and little Noah seemed happy ...

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... possibly because we all had some mead, which was served hot.

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No, no, no, Noah did not have any although the picture might indicate he did! On the way back in the dark along the river we came upon this boat with an inflatable Father Christmas on the lookout for ...

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... customers, since this turned out to be a well-lit, floating Christmas Market as well. There's no stopping them, is there? Mark my words; Christmas is upon us! You have been warned.

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13 comments:

Eric Valentine said...

What a wonderful day you must have had, judging by the pictures and what great pictures they are too!..
Nice shots Swen, thanks for sharing a little Xmas spirit. :)

Lynda said...

If that market is the same one - I saw it in Siegburg in the Summer. It was great and the feel and smell at night was amazing. The kids loved that show.

I can't wait to hit the Christmas Market circuit -- just a week now!

swenglishexpat said...

Eric - I wish I could have shared some mead with you as well! ;-) It was lovely, not particularly sweet despite the honey.
Lynda - I am not sure which market it was, but they are very good at that sort of thing here as you know. Everybody enjoys it. Jingle bells, jingle bells....

janeywan said...

That looks like so much fun! Cold and all. What a darling happy baby. :)

GutsyWriter said...

Love little Noah and the photo with the mug next to his large hand. here in Newport Beach, California, they have an annual Christmas boat parade and the boat you have shown us, makes the NB boats look very small indeed. looks like a great festival.

1st Lady said...

Looks lovely and such fun! I do enjoy Christmas Markets. Edinburghs opened a few days ago and is quite an event with German markets etc, tallest Ferris wheel in the UK too. You must visit sometime!!!

swenglishexpat said...

Janey - Nice and wintry despite the lack of snow, and Noah was quite happy sitting there like a little kangaroo in a pouch.
GW - Christmas boat parade sounds like a great idea. I can imagine them all lit up and giving off beautiful reflections.
1stL - It's interesting that German markets have become a concept of sorts. No Ferris wheel though here; we were well grounded.

Diane Mandy said...

What a smile Noah has!

swenglishexpat said...

Diane - He was as good as gold!

Pearl said...

Silly Germans, with their parties and their tasty, tasty beer...

Pearl

p.s. What an adorable baby!

p.p.s. Word Verification: Allize
Definition: Whut you and I iz.

swenglishexpat said...

Pearl - Clinton (Bill, remember him?) had some of the famous local Mühlen Kölsch when he visited Cologne some years ago.

CanadianSwiss said...

Wow! How cool to have a Christmas market set up in a boat!

swenglishexpat said...

CS - But sadly we had run out of time by then, so we never boarded and saw it from the inside.