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
MOST SCENIC SETTING FOR A MARKET
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
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???