Category Travel

Sulzburg Christmas Market 2018

  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 […]

The Things You Miss

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 […]

Vienna Christmas Markets – III

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.  

Vienna Christmas Markets – II

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 […]

Vienna Christmas Markets – I

It seems everywhere you go in Vienna at this time of year there is a Christmas Market selling seasonal and gift products. It is indeed a wonderful time of year. I love the colours of a Christmas market, especially at night when the lights add to the brilliance of the displays. I must admit though […]

Relics of Another Age

Vienna is full of history. A weekend there wasn’t enough to even scratch the surface. Not surprising really. I don’t recall ever having taken a  European history course, certainly not since high school. And if I did not much of the Austrian section stuck with me. I learned a lot in three days, and want […]

Did You Know…

… the snow globe was invented in Vienna?  Neither did I, until I saw this sign on a snow globe display at one of the many Christmas markets on now in the Austrian capital. I’m not sure the display sign should be considered accurate either. I looked it up in Wikipedia, and I think it might […]