Strasbourg, France – Christmas Markets 2016

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December 13, 2016

Strasbourg, France, a beautiful city  dating back to 1262,   was the destination for today.  Also the last of  the Alsace Region for this trip.  A spectacular  day it was as Strasbourg has so much to offer.  Beautiful buildings,  many different Christmas Markets, and holiday trimmings everywhere I look.

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Half-timbered buildings mixed with…

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different styles and  architecture …

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many  festively decorated for the season!

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La Petite France is a  particularly  scenic area in Strasbourg.

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Traditional  guild signs  hang from many of the retailers.  Alsace pottery  is beautiful, comes in all kinds of colors and patterns and largely consists of endless sizes of  casserole dishes and accessory  pieces.  Casserole is actually a French word.  A merchant in one of the shops told me that Alsace was the home of the first “crock pot”!

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Mazipan, tempting  in all shapes and sizes can be found in  patisserie  windows.

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Nutella is dressed up also for the holiday !

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Storks are migratory birds that return to Alsace to nest every year and are much loved in the area.  Their now empty nests  remaining in the  trees are huge!

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Cute  Christmas Market huts were lined up in a rows.

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Better watch out – Santa has a look out on one of the huts so he can  see who is naughty and who is nice.

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Fashionable  holiday  window decorations  are a must – after all,  this is France.

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Fashion comes in  many ways..

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Gingerbread men are always a favorite.

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Their is no limit to our love of gingerbread men.

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Traditional trimmings along with…

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the imaginative were plentiful.

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When darkness fell, the city lit up with the magic of the season.

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Strasbourg’s Cathedral, which is 472 feet tall,  looked incredible.

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May your Christmas and every day in the future,

sparkle with happiness and new surprises.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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