Tour of Christmas Markets
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
23Trip End Sep 08, 2010
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Started in Ludwigsburg on the north end, site of the pumpkin festival. They're known for the baroque style Marketplatz. Our visit was all food. We had our first of many meals at a meat-in-tube-form stand, very good. A slight mispronunciation from us garnered currywurst instead of feuerwurst. Note to self, eu sounds like oi, not ur. It was good though and the man covered it in ketchup for us, albeit with a slightly "are you crazy" look. Yes we are, but not for the fact that we prefer ketchup over mustard and defintiely over mayo on such things as fries and any rendition of a hot dog
At this point, our toes were beginning to freeze and in need of some warmth. We took the train through Bad Canstatt to go malling, Jon's choice. Malling is better here, from my stance, because they are smaller and all offer 80 cent ice cream cones. Even in the cold, ice cream is good! When we could feel our toes again, we headed out.
We weren't really sure where the market was in Esslingen, had just heard it was a must go. When in doubt, follow the crowd. This was probably Jon's favorite market, just because it was different. A lot of people were dressed in medieval clothes. Our favorite? A teenager completely decked out as a medieval night except his Nikes with neon green shoelaces. Awesome. A royal court paraded through and gave a performance in German. We liked the games. You could throw real axes at hay bales, can't do that everywhere.
That night, we passed back through Stuttgart
Jon had to leave that afternoon for a conference, so I joined Jackie and Beni for a girls' night out at the Tübingen chocolate festival. The Santas were patrolling the Neckar, waving and blowing their whistles. From a distance, they looked like they were on fire or chain smoking, thankfully neither, just their steam powered boat. We let Beni navigate. She founds some great places, including the castle at the top of the hill, pretty good for a 7 year old. We had hot chocolate which was litteraly quite that, don't even think a drop of milk was added to dilute that sucker. It was definitely a sipper, but magnificent none the less. For "real" food, I had stumpfnudlen with sauerkraut pan fried in bacon, oh ho ho, yes! We left with a bag of chocolate bars to sample on the way home.
Christmas is a good time to visit, and we have plenty of room!