Vienna City Hall and Rathaus Park

Vienna's Rathaus is More Than Just the Council Chambers: Vienna's magnificent City Hall is called the Rathaus. Rathaus is a German word which literally translates as "council house" or city hall or town hall. However, to the ear of an English speaker 'Rathaus' might seem deeply ironic or … [Read more...]

Christmas Festival in Aix-en-Provence

Aix's Interesting Christmas Festival: The town of Aix-en-Provence has an interesting Christmas festival.  Each year in December, the Festival of New Oil takes place at the "Place de la Rotonde" to celebrate the season's new olive oil and fresh truffles. The first pressing of the year's olives … [Read more...]

Christmas Markets in Innsbruck

Christmas Carols from the Golden Roof: Innsbruck is a really charming town at any time of the year, but at Christmas it's magic.  It has a full-scale Christmas market, the main one being in the historic Old Town (Altstadt), right in front of the landmark Golden Roof - Innsbruck's greatest … [Read more...]