In the big cities in Germany the Christmas markets run for a month or longer. The goods on display are slickly made. In sleepy Sulzburg it is a one-day thing, and there is a lot of home-made baking and clothing for sale. And gluhwein of course. The market is open until 8 p.m. local […]

When they are far away, they are just news items we may or may not pay attention to. It is different when they happen in your neighbourhood. Throughout the day Wednesday, people in Canada were forwarding me news stories about the terror attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. It is only an hour’s […]

I was thinking today I would post some reflections on Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France. As I write, the suspect is still at large. Looking at what I had written for today’s post though, I want to let my thoughts percolate for a day or so. I may feel differently tomorrow and want to […]

I was walking down a street in Vienna, trailing the rest of my family by a few metres – if I remember, I had stopped to re-tie a shoelace. Then I saw this plaque. I like to read historical plaques – they give a flavour to a neighbourhood, providing interesting information you might otherwise have […]

One sign that we are maturing is when we find ourselves believing in a God we don’t always like – Luke Norsworthy. It’s a pleasant feeling to finish a book and know you want to read it again. Especially a book about how God doesn’t live up to your expectations. Have trouble believing in a […]

A last look at the colours of this year’s Christmas Markets in the Austrian capital.  But not the last of the photos from the markets. I’ve got another couple planned, with different themes, which will come up sometime in the next week.  

More colourful images from the 2018 editions of the Christmas markets taking place in Austria’s capital this month. If you are planning on dropping by, most of these were taken in the market set up in front of the Rathaus. That one seemed to me to be the biggest, at least of the ones we […]