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To Market, To Market On Christmas Eve

It is the day before Christmas, and I am leaving the blogosphere for a few days, to spend some time with family and friends. I will be back very soon with a new post about Venice. In the meantime, please enjoy these wonderful winter holiday images of grand castles and Christmas markets in Europe.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany was said to be the inspiration behind Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. Why not? It's a winter fairy tale castle, as you can see!


Here are festive images of tradional Christmas markets in...
Frankfurt...


Cologne...


Berlin...


Vienna...


Budapest...


Prague...

Brussels...


I can almost smell the aroma of lebkuchen (pastry made with candied fruits, nuts, marzipan, and spices), zwetschgenmännla (little edible men of prunes and walnut heads), pfefferkuchen (cookies made with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and anise), and glühwein (hot mulled wine with spices) -- traditional German holiday treats available at Christmas markets in most countries along the Danube river. Each city also has its own variation of local treats sold.

Christmas markets originated in Dresden, Germany in 1434. One-of-a-kind crafts, handmade ornaments, and local specialty foods are typically sold at these markets.

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To Market, To Market On Christmas Eve + trip