Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

The young German sipped a mug of gluhwein and chatted with his American buddy.  Standing behind us, he spoke with a thick German accent.  “You can go to L.A., New York, you don’t see a Christmas market like this.”  There you have it.  America’s Second City boasts the country’s largest, most authentic German Christkindlmarket.  The… Read More Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

San Diego answers with a community Christmas Market

Last Thursday when I posted about German Christmas markets I admit I was feeling a bit sorry for myself that I couldn’t be there this year.  Traditional food and drink, artisan wares, community gathering.  I was pleasantly surprised three days later by a fest that took place not two blocks from our house and supplied… Read More San Diego answers with a community Christmas Market

Community gathering – the Christmas market

Right about now every travel site and travel show will be talking about European Christmas markets.  Traditional, romantic, cultural, local food, local crafts, spicy brews, medieval settings – all good reasons to visit a European Christmas market, if you can.  Christmas markets, like any other highly touristed event, offer the visitor a glimpse of the… Read More Community gathering – the Christmas market