Christmas Markets, Part 1

We have just some bits of text for these photos — hopefully these holiday decorations will speak for themselves. As usual, click on the photos for larger images. I must point out that, to the right, a cartoon panda appears to be photo-bombing Anita’s pose with Santa at Luxembourg’s Christmas Market on the Place d’Armes.

Luxembourg’s Christmas Market at Place d’Armes

Luxembourg: Will’s preferred stop for Gromperekichelcher

Luxembourg: Anita enjoys a luxringer from the same stand

Luxembourg: Variations on the gl├╝hwein mug

Luxembourg at home: Our ersatz Christmas tree stand…

… and look what Sinterklaas left beneath it! (He goes by “Kleeschen” here in Luxembourg but we’re sticking with the Dutch name.)

Amsterdam: We met an American friend in the Netherlands and got to see the city’s holiday lights. Here, the famous department store de Bijenkorf.

Amsterdam: The tree on de Dam, in front of the Royal Palace

Amsterdam: The Kalverstraat was lit from above, like most of the shopping streets in town

Amsterdam: Dealing with the long winter nights through wonderful decorations in the canals.

Amsterdam: Seasonal transportation

Amsterdam: Another lit shopping district, the 9 little streets of the canal district

Amsterdam: The Christmas Market

Amsterdam Christmas Market: We discovered it by chance on Rembrandtplein

Amsterdam Christmas Market

Amsterdam Christmas Market: It’s unclear whether a “Dutch Toffee Waffle” is a stroopwafel. We were too full from our gourmet Peruvian dinner to try one.

Amsterdam Christmas Market: Little Italy, just as one would expect

Amsterdam Christmas Market: The blue-lit, statuary representation of The Night Watch is a “unique” aspect of this Christmas market.

Amsterdam: One last look at the Damrak before we boarded our train back to Leiden.

We have photos from more markets to share with you before the end of the year, so check back soon!

4 Comments to “Christmas Markets, Part 1″

  1. Cindy said...
    23 December 2014

    What great pictures! Looks like you have a wonderful time at each of these markets. The lights were fantastic! Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Dave said...
    28 December 2014

    I can’t decide if the photo bombing panda is the legit Kung-Fu Panda or an imposter.

  3. John said...
    4 January 2015

    nocte imagines pulchrae sunt

  4. Rachel said...
    7 January 2015

    Loved seeing all the photos. Christmas in Europe is so festive. Can’t want to see Part 2.