Christkindlmarkt – Munich Christmas Market 2014

Christmas-Markets

Munich's Christkindlmarkt is the Oldest in the Bavarian Capital: When it comes to Christmas markets, Munich has plenty of choices for the visitor.  There are over 20 Christmas markets in the Bavarian capital, but the main Christkindlmarkt and the oldest in the city is held at the historical … [Read more...]

Dresden Striezelmarkt 2014 – Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market

Dresden Christmas market

Dresden Striezelmarkt is the Largest in Dresden: There are many Christmas markets in Dresden, but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The Dresden Striezelmarkt is also Germany's oldest Christmas market and 2014 marks the 580th anniversary of the Dresden Striezelmarkt. It's … [Read more...]

Frankfurt Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) 2014

Frankfurt Christmas markets

Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the Oldest and Prettiest in Germany: The Frankfurt Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) is one of the oldest in Germany - it seems that there has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt since 1393. With its rich history and steeped in traditions, the Frankfurt … [Read more...]

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt – Hamburg Christmas Market 2014

Hamburg-Christmas-Market

Hamburg - the Christmas Capital of the North - Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt: Hamburg stakes its claim as the Christmas capital of the north.  This is because nowhere else in the north of Germany are there so many Christmas markets within such close proximity of each other. From the main train … [Read more...]

Rüdesheim – Christmas Market of Nations 2014

One Christmas Market, 12 Christmas Traditions at 2014 Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt: There are many Christmas markets in Germany, but the pretty historic town of Rüdesheim has a Christmas market that's special. Called the Christmas Market of Nations or Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen, … [Read more...]

Square du Vert-Galant – Named after an Amorous King

Square du Vert-Galant, Île de la Cité

SQUARE DU VERT-GALANT IS AN ECOLOGICAL GREEN SPACE IN THE HEART OF PARIS: At the western tip of the Île de la Cité, at the Pont Neuf end, is a little green space called Square du Vert-Galant. The square was named after Henry IV whose nickname was "Vert-Galant" ("Green Gallant"). The old king had … [Read more...]

Embarkation Day – Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

MS Poetry in Amsterdam

THE DUTCH CAPITAL IS A POPULAR STARTING POINT FOR EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 1 A twenty minute taxi ride from Schiphol Airport and we were at the NH Amsterdam Center Hotel where all cruise passengers were to meet. There are actually three … [Read more...]