Sunday, December 18, 2011

AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET IN SALZBURG



We made our trek from the Charente to Austria in record time yesterday. The hurricane in our back made us drive faster I think. We left early morning when the winds were still strong, but it was manageable I thought. No trees across the streets, no accidents and maybe thanks to the warnings on TV, traffic was very light and we arrived in Stuttgart, our overnight stop, at 8pm,  a reasonable time.

Saturday morning we set out to stop in Salzburg to visit the Christmas market. Set around the cathedral, it's a fantastic setting. If that does not put you into the Christmas mood, nothing will. 
Some mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, a tchotchke or two for the tree. Christmas music and the weather definitely turned towards snow that day.  

Over a million people visit the market every year and I think they we all came yesterday. The Getreidegasse was packed as I have only seen it in the summer. Locals and tourists from all over the world, window shopping, having a great time. 
A perfect way to start our Christmas holiday.






ISABELLA, WITH THE CASTLE IN THE BACKGROUND

GETREIDEGASSE, WHERE MOZART WAS BORN

WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A SLEIGH RIDE

MOZART NOW WORKS FOR TIPS

FESTIVE DECORATIONS EVERYWHERE

CAFE TOMASELLI

MOST SCENIC SETTING FOR A MARKET

CHRISTMAS DECOR

SWEETS OF ALL KIND

THOSE SLIPPERS COULD COME HANDY WHILE WE ARE IN AUSTRIA....

SCHNAPS KEEPS YOU WARM TOO

CATHEDRAL IN THE BACK

CRAZY CROWDS EVERYWHERE

THEY ALL LIKE  HOT DOGS

GLISTENING DECOR

HANDMADE NATIVITY SCENES

 MUSIC TO PUT YOU IN THE MOOD

ZOTTER SCHOKOLADE. MY FAVORITE STAND AT THE MARKET

MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CAKE

A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE KISSING AT THAT STAND

THEY PUT A PRICE ON JESUS???

FUNKY CUPCAKES




3 comments:

Nadege said...

Lovely!

H.Peter said...

It was, it was. Though a tad commercial in merchandise, the setting for this market is incredible.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

LOVE the commentary!! It's on my "to do" list to vist the Christmas markets, but until then I very much appreciate the virtual vist with you and your family. :-)

Merry Christmas!
Shirley

p.s. We saw Mozart in Key West doing the same thing ... he gets around these days. ;-)