Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Your Market, Get Set, Go!

It is mid-November and Christmas Market season is underway!  No Thanksgiving to butt into the Christmas frenzy here in Vienna.  We barely had a brush with Halloween.  I have the feeling that I'm losing friends on Facebook from posting one too many scenes of "Christmas in Austria".  So, if you clicked the link to the blog, that must mean you want to be here, in my personal Winter Wonderland.  Expect another Christmas Market post or two before December 25th, especially if there is some snow involved!

The somber Austrian mood lifts when the markets arrive in town.  In multiple locations around Vienna small wood huts are set up and open for business selling food (bread bowls of soup, candies and pastries, yum), drink (hot wine and spiked punch, double yum) along with Christmas ornaments, gifts and trinkets.  Large or small, strolling the markets is a darn good time.  We had the opportunity to hit some on their opening weekend with visiting family, my Mom and Aunt Barbara.  Their presence was an early Christmas gift for us.


Vintage Ornaments at Naschmarkt

Santa's Street Interview….Naughty or Nice?

The beauty of the St. Stephen's Market was enhanced by the full moon.

Drinking Hot Wine in Refillable Mugs
Table Top Skills
Rathhaus Market on Opening Night

Full Moon Over Snowman Tree

The lights are also going up around the Inner Stadt.  With the pedestrian shopping streets sparkling above and some hot wine in hand, I plan on doing some Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.  Best wishes to all of you for happiness and good health during this Season of Joy.

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