Beautiful photos from 2018

2018 has been a painful year, even though new knowledge is still teaching me how to better understand and manage.

In memory of 2018, I am sharing the most beautiful shots I took this year.

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Christmas in Germany

Christmas markets in Germany date back to 15th century. 

Every town hosts their own. Cologne has the biggest with seven markets merging into one. In Dortmund’s market (see my earlier blog about Christmas around the globe https://cowboysandeffigies.com/2017/12/16/christmas-through-my-friends-eyes/) you can find the biggest Christmas tree in the whole of Germany. 

Castrop-rauxel decorations

The tradition has proven that even though many hire the markets for a festive season abroad, the Gl├╝hwein tastes million times better in its place of origin. It may be the humidity and fog, I am not expert in this, however I can attest to it as after years of tasting it in Britain: there is nothing that compares to the taste in the source of origin. 

Wetten street market

In Rothenburg you will find the prettiest ever, jumping in a fairy tale adventure. 

Spending time in North Germany this Christmas, you will see some of the ideas and festive cheer, sugar, sausages, cane, mushrooms, hot dogs, crafts, beads, logs, mineral rocks and a load of trees.

The bestest was in the Fredenbaum woods: log fires, masonry and fairy lights galore at Phantastischer mittelalterlicher lichter weihnachts markt (Fantastic Medieval Lights Christmas market). A full immersive experience of drifters dressed in handcrafted furs, leathers, wearing traditionally crafted bows, arrows, knifes in a wooden fairground made for adults.

Fredenbaum

Traditional craft maker stalls in Fredenbaum

In a nutshell,  Germans get top marks all the way. 

Merry Christmas folks, have a good one.