Christmas lights in Paris

Christmas markets have just exploded the last years, have you noticed? They're everywhere! It's no longer just an ancient German/Central European custom. These days, every city, every town and every little village seem to organise these festive affairs during Advent. Some Christmas markets last from late [...]

2015-12-26T15:48:43+00:0024 December 2015|France, Seasonal, current, Travel photos|

A Quirky Christmas Market in Paris

Christmas market and ultra-modern skyscrapers... not two terms that usually go together. I was in Paris last week for work. Having a few spare hours, I hopped on the metro to La Défense, largely for nostalgic reasons. (La Défense, as you might know, is the [...]

Three Terrific Christmas Markets

A highlight in Europe this time of year is the cheerful (sometimes even magical) Christmas markets. I adore browsing through the arts and crafts for sale, and trying some of the hearty seasonal street food. And then there's mulled wine. Here are three of my [...]

La Befana, the Italian Christmas witch

Forget Father Christmas and Santa Claus. In Rome, the Christmas witch rules. Christmas market at Piazza Navona A few years ago, on an impulse, I took my then 5-year-old to Rome a few days before Christmas. The main attraction at the Piazza Navona Christmas market [...]

Christmas Magic in Vienna

One of my favourite cities, Vienna is always charming and elegant, but never more so than during Advent, when she puts on some of the best Christmas markets anywhere - just like she has for hundreds of years. Nothing tacky here; in Vienna, Christmas markets [...]