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Day 15: Munich Christmas Markets

Friday, November 26, 2010
Today is a beautiful day. It’s the first day of the Christmas Markets and it’s snowing…perfect! The Christmas Markets opened at 10am and we were at the Marienplatz by 11. The market is huge, with all kinds of things…glass ornaments, candles, wooden ornaments, wood carvings, wood bowls, Santa’s of every shape and size. There are hats, gloves, scarves…all kinds of warm weather clothing. There are many good smells…gluhwein, hot chocolate, pommes frites, candy, pastries and many other goodies to eat. We tried the lubkuchen and gingerbread…it was so good. I got a bag of pfefferneuse cookies…Gram used to buy them for me and I’d let them get hard before I ate them…so yummy. Marc downed a huge piece of apple strudel in no time…I guess it was pretty good!

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There are many Christmas Markets in Munich and we went to several of them. I particularly enjoyed the Manger Market. It was loaded with wonderful wood carvings by some very talented people. We visited a few antique stores along the way. Marc saw a cool sword and I saw some really old religious pieces. They were in good shape and different than anything I’ve seen. We didn’t buy anything, but sure enjoyed looking. We stumbled onto a permanent outdoor food market. There were all kinds of stalls like the Christmas markets, but these were permanent. It was great! There were little houses with cheese, fruit, vegetables, sausages, meat, Christmas evergreens and flowers. The store windows were decorated, some with animated scenes. Everywhere I looked there were elaborate decorations. It snowed throughout the entire day, sometimes just a few flurries and sometimes so heavy we could barely see each other. We even saw an organ grinder. It was an enchanting place! I bought a smoker and Marc got a nutcracker to add to our Christmas decorations. Marc also bought another piece of luggage because we knew we still didn’t have enough space to get all our new treasures home. It was a cheapie at 29 euro, much cheaper than shipping our goodies back to the states. The Marienplatz had live Christmas music beside the Glockenspiel at 5pm. It sounded really nice, but there were thousands of people crammed in front of the band, so we listened for about 15 minutes then headed back to our neighborhood Christmas Market. My most memorable part of the day was standing in the middle of the bustling market, with the snow coming down all around me, drinking a hot chocolate. What a wonderful day! Life is good.

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