Thursday, December 6, 2007

Weihnachtsmarkt

Christmas season is in full swing here in Köln. The main attraction being the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). There are at least five large markets in the city for us to visit (above is the Weihnachtsmarkt on the Dom), as well as one that we've been to in Bonn. Quite a different shopping experience than shall we say Pacific Place. For one, there is no chance of hearing yet another rendition of Santa Baby.
For over a week we could see construction workers assembling the booths (each looking like a little cabin). Now they are filled with vendors selling everything from cute handmade ornaments to gigantic chocolate heart cookies with frosting messages like "ich liebe dich" (which girls wear proudly around their necks like they would carry a gigantic stuffed animal prize that their boyfriend won for them playing some funny game..... sad to say Chris has yet to give one to me). The above picture is what I'm talking about (just don't look too close because you will see that it is from a Weihnachtsmarkt in a different city and that in fact it was a picture I found doing a google image search).

One might wonder how you can spend hours outdoors visiting these booths. Well, Germans have an answer for that - Glühwein. Each market has multiple places where you can buy the special mulled wine, and because it is Germany, you pay a hefty deposit for the mug, but then you can take it with you as you shop. The mugs too are quite cute, and so far the mug is really the only difference I can tell between different stands offerings. Don't worry, there is still also the kölsch option (which we've even seen in seasonal glasses).
I had been waiting to post this until I got some better shots of the hubub (especially at night), but in classic Kelly form, when I tried to do this, the red "low battery" light on my camera finally decided to change to "no battery" and hence no documentation could be made. Stay tuned though.....

6 comments:

Kerry said...

your hair is getting so long!

Senior Fabio Awesomepants said...

Chris, we need to talk. Senior Fabio Awesomepants knows how to treat all his various ladies. And, like all things, that involves giving the ladies cookies that say "ich liebe dich." It's like a mark that doesn't just say something in German, it also says "This lady belongs to Senior Fabio Awesomepants."
Don't you think Kelly deserves such a thing? Senior Fabio Awesomepants does.
Also, thanks for the post. I no longer need to visit http://fittyprettykittiesindacity.blogspot.com for my daily blog fix.

Christina said...

ah ha! thanks to google translate i figured out that ich liebe dich means I love you. I was hoping it was more saucy like "mine". :)

Kelly Jabbusch said...

Kerry - the hair got shorter (see new pics). This was mostly because I forgot that the hair in the back wasn't as long as say the front, so two cm shorter really turned into two inches, but i like it.

Senior fabio awesomepants - we're gonna blow you away this weekend with all our posts.

Christina - we'll translate for you so your mind doesn't wander...

Annamarie said...

Kelly, I imagine instead of getting you the heart shaped cookie Chris is sitting on the couch saying: "Kelly make me some pie!"

Chris Burkhalter said...

Yeah, where is that pie, anyway?!?