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December in Brussels

Posted by December 24, 2014

A look back at ghosts of Christmases past. One of my favorite places to be in December (or any other time of year really) is Brussels. The Grand Place is spectacular at night. The Christmas market sells little bites of heaven—chocolate, beignets, macarons and cuberdons. There’s an ice rink, ferris wheel, luge and two amazing vintage carousels. We were here for Zwanze Day at Moeder…

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I have a motivation problem. Christmas is days away. Barely any shopping is done. The decorations are still in the attic. And I can’t muster the “holiday spirit” to accomplish any of that crap. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas time. Why is that? Maybe because it’s 80 degrees outside. 80 DEGREES. In December. Yes, I’m in Florida, but come on. Can we get more…

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Christmas market season is here! A good list of European Christmas markets is available here. Of all the Christmas markets we’ve been to, my favorite has to be London. We visited two years ago on the “preview” night before the Christmas market officially opened the next day. (If the kids look small, that’s why; they were.) It was the last night of our first trip…

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There are seven different Christmas markets in Cologne / Köln. Each has a theme. Most are situated within walking distance of each other and all but one—the floating market—are free. [More info on each of the markets on the city web site.] I went with a friend, on a Sunday, without any kids. Good choice. Because later in the day, it was crazy crowded. Definitely…

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I forgot my camera. So I pre-apologize for the quality of some of these pictures. There are some people that take fantastic photos with an iPhone. I am not one of them. Anyway, Dusseldorf Christmas market. The market is held in six different locations, all with in walking distance of each other. Each area has it’s own theme, and there’s also an ice rink. Neat…

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The Christmas market in Aachen, Germany is held in the city center around the Rathaus (city hall) and the Dom (cathedral). I like it because it’s small enough to do with kids and opens earlier than most of the other Christmas markets. Good way to get into the holiday spirit before it gets so dang cold. We were there opening day—November 18. Little bit of…

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Went to Brussels last week. The main reason was to go to Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon to get some beers and some glasses. The Brussels Christmas Market was the deciding factor. It started Friday as part of the city’s Winter Wonders events. Thru the beginning of Jan, the Grand Place is lit up, there are concerts (this year: every Saturday by a famous soprano) and…

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