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I once visited a winter market in Vienna, Austria. Everywhere the smell of spice, cinnamon and Christmas! Twinkling lights, romantic strolls through the narrow aisles and warm mulled wine. There are many things Europe does better than America, and Christmas markets is one of them. We have no such traditions in America, although most large cities will have some type of "holiday" market. A few days ago, we took a stroll through the market in Washington, DC. Incredibly boring, yet it has been ranked as one of the top 10 holiday markets in the country by many publications. Let's look inside...Read more...Collapse )


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Dec. 25th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas dear Shannon! I do not celebrate , but I like decoration and mulled wine ))) In Israel ,Christians do it.Mainly they are Arabian families, that got religion from crusaders. Some times I visit Yaffo to look on decoration and drink wine )))
Dec. 25th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Decorations and mulled wine - both great! :) Happy New Year to you.
Dec. 25th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas! Поздравляю! :)
Dec. 25th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So far it's a good day. Now playing with my nephew's toys. :)
Dec. 26th, 2013 08:53 am (UTC)
You know, I have no nephews so I have to buy to myself my own toys :)
Dec. 25th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas, Shannon!
First picture looks very "Russian-like", even "Middle-East-like", it is that stand of a Peruvian seller, isn't it?
In Russia we have such "Christmas" or "New year" markets too, and our range of goods is as just as yours, but there are more things with winter symbols like snow flakes and so on there. I like fragrant candles (once a red-currant one was brought to me from California, and later I was not able to find a candle of this flavor in Russia :))), but I don't like any thing with a shape of food (except food, of course! :))) Because every time I see these fake desserts I want to eat them and then I get very disapointed after having known that they are not food.
> Nothing enticing, no fragrant smells, no ice rink
No ice rinks? I thought that ice rinks are common in the USA. Or do you mean there are no ice rinks just at these Christmas Markets?
Dec. 25th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Happy Holidays to you as well! We have great ice rinks in America, just not at this market. :)
Mar. 8th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I adore old book, simply loose my sences.
Mar. 9th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm lucky because there are many used book stores and antique shops in my area, so it's easy to find vintage hardback books.
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