Thanksgiving weekend: Christkindlsmarkt

Friday, December 3, 2010

i wonder how many times i said, "oh, i have to take a picture of this for my mom!" during this outing.
i now present to you:

the nuremberg christkindlsmarkt (christmas market)
each december, 2 million visitors come to nuremberg just for this event.
hundreds of vendors set up wooden stalls in the hauptmarkt (main square), selling traditional Christmas treats: spicy gingerbread, baked goods & other sweets, ornaments, candles, toys, etc.

and that is why nuremberg is referred to as, "the christmas capital of the world".
i think it's a pretty perfect place to be living right now, don't you?













sidenote: fulbright sent out emails, the newspaper headlined it, the teachers at my school heatedly debated about it....the rumors surrounding the market would not stop. as i mentioned before, germany is under a terror alert, and there has been a lot of hype about an attack on the market.

there really was no fact to support these theories, other than the logic that thousands of people would be at the market at any given day in december, thus providing an easy target for a terrorist attack. kayla talked to her parents about it as well as her au-pair parents who told her, ''terrorists breed terror, that is why they are called terrorists. if you give into the fear and stop living your life, then they have won'' (this made me think of zach galifinakis via the hangover, ''thanks a lot, bin laden'').

we debated whether or not we should go and decided we'd just keep reading the news and play it by ear. i fell asleep the night before the market, praying that if it was a bad idea to go, one (or both of us) would wake up with a gut feeling that it wasn't right. we both felt totally peaceful about it in the morning, so we decided to go as early as possible, partly in attempt to ''be safe'' and partly just to avoid the crowds. it was a good decision on our part! we were so happy we went early (and the crowds did come in herds as we were leaving) and i think we both would have been really sad had we stayed at home (as we've been anticipating this for months - seriously). it was freeeeeezing but fun. and i'm going back this weekend. :)

14 comments:

Kayla said...

SO glad we went! I am pretty tempted to jump a train to Nuremberg right now grab one of those nutella and banana crepes and a bag of nutellamandeln (and Starbucks of course) and come right back! So so so yummy!

Fashion Meets Food said...

wow looks like so much fun. I am pretty much insanely jealous of you!

xo

lpryb said...

i wonder if my mom is aware of the terrorist alert because i think she wouldnt be so supportive of my departure to germany if she was. im glad you guys didnt give in and not go because it seems like it was definitely worth it! such pretty pictures, and Kayla, NUTELLA AND BANANA CREPES AHHHH!! i want one!

Kayla said...

Quite possibly the best crepe ever. But that might have had a lot to do with it being hot and me being freezing!

Christine said...

I'm loving all of the Christmas markets here in Berlin. And the glühwein:)

Brenna said...

Beautiful blog! I love Christmas markets :) :)

Kristin Louise Bassett said...

Came across your blog, and I LOVE the coat!

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Tucker said...

i am dying to experience christmas over there. these pictures are fantastic - let me see what it is like! annnnd that hat is so adorable. obsessed

Jan said...

My favorite picture is the one with all the nutcrackers. And the one of you holding your bags of stuff you bought. I can't wait to see what you bought!!!

Danielle said...

Makes me miss Berlin and when I visited family and we visited a market. They are so much fun!

Maryjane said...

What beautiful pictures!

Maryjane xoxo

the-caramel-lady said...

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I hope you will visit my blog:) x

Z--- said...

What a beautiful place!!xx

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welcometofabulouslife said...

Your blog is amazing! As I am a Lithuanian, living in Germany and going to the UK in September, it is so interesting and so i-notice-that-too thing. :)) Germany is so far the best country I have ever been to.


Greets, Akvile