Baden-Baden, Germany

The next stop on our tour of Christmas markets last year was Baden-Baden, Germany.  This was a really special market place.

Just beyond the market was a unique display of artwork that was gorgeous.

Once again, the food got our attention, but not only the food, the restaurant itself.  It was an enclosed porch of a beautiful hotel, but cold enough that they provided blankets at each chair.  So nice and cozy with warm cider!

Really yummy!

The breakfast buffet was fantastic too.



Colmar, France

Our second stop in search of Christmas markets last year was at Colmar, France.  This was in a beautiful part of the city called “La Petite Venise,” and you can see why with all the canals.

There were plenty of holiday decorations all around.

There was even a carnival with a fun roller coaster with “seats” in the shape of horses (and yes, they rocked back and forth as they went around the track).

Once again, the food was outstanding.

The markets had thousands of fun items to see.

There were many nativities all around too.

These faces carved into the entryway of the old cathedral were fascinating to me.

We will never forget beautiful Colmar!


Strasbourg, France

Here are more photos from Strasbourg last year during the after-Christmas markets.  Everything was decorated so beautifully.

Of course, the food is always good in France.

I called this “the sink that wasn’t a sink.”  

Christmas Markets

A year ago Sarah and I went to Europe to see the Christmas markets.  We loved it and would definitely recommend it as a unique holiday adventure.  We went between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

We landed in Frankfurt, Germany, rented a car, and headed to Strasbourg, France for the night.  It was wonderful to see all the huge decorations.

We loved this pretty village scene in the middle of the park.

This was only the start of a great adventure.





The Symphony cruise ship from Crystal Cruises is beautiful.  I like the fact that it’s smaller than most cruise ships, elegant, has several different restaurants, has a great crew and provides lots of activities.  On the days we were cruising we had plenty to keep us busy.

This is one of the evening shows.  We had the option of going to movies, too, or dancing to live jazz music.

Once again, here are some pics from mealtimes.

We were cruising in November of 2015 (three months after our 40th anniversary), so it wasn’t surprising that some Christmas characters started showing up, mysteriously, from day to day.  It was fun to watch the transformation of the entire ship.


More Dog Pics

Here are the final pics of my parents’ dogs.  Sometimes we have trouble trying to identify which ones they are, but they were all fun to have around growing up.  This first one is Glory and Toot.  My dad always said Glory looked like Senator Dirksen because her hair stuck straight up (and the similarly was true).

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Glory “sang” beautifully every time I played the piano.  It was hilarious!


One of the dogs wasn’t afraid to climb the ladder up to the attic.


They all loved to play frisbee with me.



They were all ornery at times.


But they had to put up with us, too.

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They all loved getting wet at the lake, and hanging out with all the friends that came and went.

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Family is always fun to hang out with.




This next photo looks like Glory and Toot are admiring a photo of themselves!


I think this photo of me is with Maggie, an adorable pup.