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The Cave Markets and Sand Nativity of Valkenburg, the Netherlands

The Cave Markets and Sand Nativity of Valkenburg, the Netherlands

| December 18, 2014 | Reply

If ever you’ve found yourself thinking, You know, I wonder what a Christmas market in a cave would be like?, then Valkenburg is for you. Located just across the German border in the Netherlands, Valkenburg is a small city that uses its space wisely during the Advent season: two caves, an outdoor market, decorations, sand […]

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Pictures of the Christmas Market in Cologne

Pictures of the Christmas Market in Cologne

| December 17, 2014 | Reply

Köln, better known to English speakers as Cologne, Germany, hosts a large market spread throughout seven areas in the city.  We checked out only two areas when we popped into the city on Sunday, so I can only speak for those portions of the market.  We visited the market outside of the amazing cathedral, Kölner Dom, […]

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Crazy morning.  Nothing new?

Crazy morning. Nothing new?

| December 12, 2014 | Reply

My morning… 0745-0830: -Sequoia off to school -start a load of laundry -straighten up the house before the cleaning lady comes 0830- cleaning lady arrives; Flash goes nuts 0830-0930: – pack for weekend trip to a Christmas market in the Netherlands – edit and publish the Advent im Wald blog post – search high and low […]

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A Spooky Christmas Market in the Woods!

A Spooky Christmas Market in the Woods!

| December 12, 2014 | Reply

Unfortunately, it’s too late for you to head on over to Advent im Wald this year–it ran last weekend, and only last weekend.  But it’s worth keeping on your radar for next year, perhaps in conjunction with the market at nearby Schloss Guteneck. We were spending the weekend in Bavaria specifically to visit Guteneck, when we […]

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Schloss Guteneck’s medieval Christmas Market: Best for Handcrafted Decor!

Schloss Guteneck’s medieval Christmas Market: Best for Handcrafted Decor!

| December 11, 2014 | Reply

Last weekend, we drove to Bavaria to check out the medieval Christmas market at Schloss Guteneck. On the castle grounds, artisans show and sell their beautiful work, some of which they’re crafting on the spot; food vendors sell regional and medieval treats, and performers show off their skills.This is an awesome market for enjoying Glühwein outdoors—fire barrels, fire […]

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Privileged…and Embarrassed

Privileged…and Embarrassed

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

One of the interesting aspects of living abroad is that we have the opportunity to observe our own society from a distance, with the perspective of those who typically are not impacted on a daily basis by policy and relations.  We also experience current events in the context of how Germans view our political system and […]

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