Monday, November 26, 2012

Aachen Christmas Market

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We made our list. We're checking it twice. More than half of the list was checked off for good thanks to Saturday's trip to Aachen, Germany.

Opening

I'm going to let you just soak up the Christmas goodness for a minute before any narrative comes your way.

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Enough for the moment, onto lunch. Very important to fuel while shopping. Unfortunately I filled up on what can quite possibly be summed up as the worst meal ever for your health. It was delicious.

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Can you see the dipping applesauce peeking around the corner of those? Healthy. On to other (and less fattening) Christmastime festivities. Even the lampposts got in the spirit for opening day!

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Chesnuts roasting!

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The sun began to set as we started the walk back to the train station. What a pretty decorated street!

For a first Christmas market experience I'd say it was a positive one! This is the closest one in Germany to the UK and Belgium and it only took us two trains with a total of a two hour trip to get there. It's a lot to handle when you go on opening day to a very accessible and well known market, but other than one minor human traffic-jam, I think we got the most and the best out of it. My only regret is not staying until it was actually dark out, just to be there with only twinkle lights as a guide. My favorite time of day in the winter is when the whole world is doused in blue, somewhere along the lines of cobalt, but not yet navy. Do you know what I mean? Something like this:

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left found here, via here & right found here, via here.

Next time. Or, better yet, maybe right here in Leuven this coming weekend! And I really can't regret something that I put aside in favor of heading home to warmth and a place to sit down. My boots weren't really made for (long bouts of) walking, apparently.

There was more to do in Aachen than just shop for gifts and drink hot cocoa, but more on that later this week. Til tomorrow!




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