She said: I will meet you on the steps of the Frauenkirche.

I remember hoping she would not be late because there was no doubt we would be early.  Today was a chance to revisit my childhood, and a Christmas tradition from that time. The Christkindlmarkts of Germany are the most notorious gathering places during the holidays, with the oldest and most famous in Nuremberg. IMG_3808.JPG

You would think shopping might be the motivation.  The lights, colors, and unique gift ideas tempt the  most unlikely shoppers, as there is something for everyone.

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But the smells of the candied almonds, roasted chestnuts, bratwurst, and gluhwein  permeate the streets, luring the foodies in our group to bask in the tastes of the season.  It is the same as I remember.

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What makes it special is the city centers are often the gathering places for family and friends during the holidays. For me, it is my favorite communal gathering place in the world and it was exactly as I remembered it.  I loved that back in time moment, and the discovery of quieter, quainter markets in the tiny villages, all with their unique personality…. IMG_4023.JPG


…with one common theme…to gather.


And make sure you visit the forest market here ….  WaldWipfelWeg.  I promise it will warm your soul.


The Daily Post: Communal