Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas

Celebrating this year’s Christmas, I remember that I haven’t posted anything from Strasbourg, France,  way back in 2012.

Strasbourg held the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe, back in 1570, called “Christkindelsmärik” or market of infant Jesus. Since then, the city continues the tradition and became the Capital of Christmas, with its dozens of kilometers of Xmas Lights and decorations, 300 stalls, spread out in 10 locations, made the city one of the largest Christmas market in Europe.

I went there just 2 days before Christmas eve, to get to see the biggest Christmas tree, situated at Place Kleber, lit up along with the little house mock ups underneath.

Of course, coming at that period risks of bumping into a lot of people, admiring not only the giant tree, but also the Alsatian traditional architectures (beautiful timber framed houses, bay windows, featuring romanesque, gothic, Vaubanesque architecture), and not to mention lining up at the stalls offering glühwein (hot wine), Alsatian hot dogs, or just flocking at the restaurant ordering choucroute and Gewütztraminer wine (my fave!)

I know I should have posted this a long tome ago, but I take this opportunity to wish you all a merry christmas and hope that you have the blessed festive days with your loved ones!

 

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