OMG, it’s a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! After 3 months of not napping AT ALL (20 minutes in the car does not equal a nap), Amelia is finally NAPPING! I just put her down, she didn’t fuss at all and just closed her eyes and went to sleep. I don’t know for how long she’ll sleep but she’s sleeping in her crib so I’ll take it!
So this means I get to blog, YAY! I apologize for the excessive use of caps, but I am just pretty darn excited right now.
The first thing on my blogging agenda, Christmas markets in Germany! If there’s one thing that Germans are amazing at, it’s Christmas season and their wonderful Christmas markets. Every town, big or small, has one and they all celebrate in their own special way with breads, mulled wine, gingerbread, ornaments and other seasonal goods unique to their own town. We’ve had so much fun exploring these Christmas markets and so far we’ve been to the Grafenwoehr, Weiden, Kemnath, Amberg, and Garmisch markets in Germany, and the Innsbruck market in Austria. The Kemnath market was pretty unique in that all of the stores were lined with candles and luminaries, there were fire pits along the paths, carolers at every corner, and it was a beautiful snowy night the night we visited. So we’ve definitely loved every market but my absolute favorite ones so far are the Garmisch and Innsbruck market. So those are the two I’ll be blogging about :)
First up is Garmisch. We visited last week for a week long stay and were blown away. Garmisch is a beautiful mountain town situated at the base of Germany’s highest Peak, the Zugspitze, and the Austrian Alps. It’s about 3 hours from where we live and completely worth the drive. The views of the snow covered Alps all throughout the town are STUNNING. At some parts, even breathtaking.
The entire town is lit up and every store is decked out with Christmas decor. A lot of the buildings also feature beautiful mid evil murals from the 18th century.
I took a lot of these pics as the sun was setting to show how lit up the town was but if you’re interested in seeing more pictures of what the town looks like during daylight, check out the link I posted above. Also, I plan on writing another post recapping our Garmisch and Austria vacation.
Mountain views all around! GORGEOUS.
The Christmas market couldn’t be any more perfect. Each open air stall was beautifully lit, the smell of gingerbread and stollen lingered in the air as we explored, there were carolers, Belgium waffles, and row after row of stalls selling the most charming ornaments, handmade scarves, gloves, and mitts.
I also loved how the Christmas market was centered near the shopping area, can’t deny that I did a little damage at C&A and H&M ;)
There were also horse drawn carriages, stores selling the finest chocolate, and of course, an abundance of Gluwein (Germany’s famous hot mulled wine). There is nothing better than a warm cup of Gluwein or kinderpunsch at these markets to warm you up on a chilly night. I seriously love it!
Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve! Any hot plans for tonight? We’re visiting our LAST Christmas market for this year and then building a pretty epic gingerbread house. Yup. Our first Christmas in Germany has been extremely wonderful so far. It’s pretty hard not to get into the Christmas spirit here :)