I am back in the US after a beautiful week in Europe. For the first time since we moved to California I went to Europe all by myself. Traveling is so much easier without kids, I tell you! It already starts with the packing: Only one suitcase... But I must confess - miraculously I had two on my way back. *smile* I watched two full movies, finished my book (great but disturbing read: "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan) and even slept for a couple of hours.
First I went to my hometown Oldenburg in Germany to meet my family and then to Venice, Italy for 5 days to celebrate my parents wedding anniversary.
The one night I spent in Germany I absolutely had to go to the Christmas Fair and drink some Gluehwein (mulled wine) and Feuerzangenbowle and just take in the atmosphere that brings back so many nice memories.
The front of Oldenburg's lovely little castle has been transformed into an Ueber-Aventcalendar. Can you spy the numbers in the windows?
I wish my girls could have been there to take a ride on this beautiful antique merry-go-around.
The gingerbread hearts are much too pretty for eating. This one says "I love you".
Look at all the different candy canes. I wish you could smell the candied roasted almonds and the anise candy.
Life size nativity scene.
Rudolph also made an appearance.