Innsbruck was another lovely town we visited as part of our “Christmas market trail”. The buildings are charming and you are surrounded by the majestic Austrian Alps. One moment in particular during our time there stood out with me. We were nibbling away at some fried doughnut with powdered sugar (and getting it all over our scarves and coats), admiring the christmas lights when a brass band starts playing some carols. The tunes were soothing and perfect for that very moment. All around us, people were in a joyous mood and smiles were plastered on every face. Everything felt like they belonged together: my love, the lights, the cold, the bear hugs (to stay warm), the markets and the music and I wished that I could capture that moment entirely in a snapshot or bottle it up somehow with all its sensations. Alas, I can only attempt to describe it and one day relive this memory of that moment through these words.
Strasbourg and Colmar are two quintessential German-influenced towns in the region of Alsace in France. Famous for its medieval black and white half timber buildings and Christmas markets, these towns were a delight to wander around, soaking in the festive atmosphere. The cobblestone streets were chock full of visitors like us, excited to see the markets during opening weekend. Smells of vin chaud or mulled wine, fresh crêpes and German style sausages permeated the icy cold air. Hundreds of stalls can be found selling Christmas trinkets and gifts of every kind. Lights and decorations were everywhere leaving you wide-eyed and in awe. We felt like a kid again. Strasbourg and Colmar were absolutely charming and just perfect for the season!
Getting our christmas shopping done
Freshly baked cookies
A lovely christmas dinner at Cafe Sydney
A super salad to balance all that christmas party eating and drinking
A different take on the traditional christmas tree
The holiday season is nearing and I’m excited to post more holiday-related cheer. Here’s the first of many!
All pictures from my Instagram.