You Should Go to German Destination for Good Memories

Back in Copenhagen for a four day weekend another different destination – but this time for business, not pleasure. Just kidding, despite being there for an educator’s conference, we absolutely managed to squeeze in a considerable amount of fun.  We had a couple of items on the agenda – number one being to see Christiana’s destination in Germany.

This area of Copenhagen began life as a hippie and self-governed breakaway community.  Over time it has morphed into something a bit more sinister. Nowadays it is a haven for buying drugs and using them freely amidst police raids and attempts to shut it all down.

Also on the agenda was to take part in the Christmas festivities, which were just starting to take place.  There were a couple of markets to walk through, but the best was in Tivoli Park. This is the old amusement park in the heart of the city and while expensive to get in to, was well worth it to see the lights and festive decorations.

Rounding out our weekend in Copenhagen was a trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, more Royal Copenhagen to add to my collection, fabulous brunches, lovely Danish design, and plenty of cursing myself for bringing a trench coat and not something with more insulation to wear.  Not to be missed was huge.

It was everywhere and so wonderful.  Lanterns were softly flickering, interiors were warm and welcoming, and there were furs and blankets on every bench.  It made the icy blasts of air under my trench just worth it.

Last December mom and I took a weekend trip to Nuremberg – otherwise known as Germany’s Christmas Extravaganza. Consistently ranked one of the top Christmas Markets in Germany, Nuremberg is simply charming.

The old town is encircled in a centuries-old wall dotted with circular towers and the structures inside are half-timbered and painted in a stunning variety of earth tones. The well preserved old town would be reason enough to visit, but the Christmas market, which is held in the square in front of the church is magical.

The town boasts a couple of additional Christmas markets, including one with goods from around the world, but the main market satisfies with copious food stalls selling sausages, gingerbread (the best in Germany), roasted nuts, delightfully decorated cookies, marzipan, potato pancakes, and hard candies in old times flavors.

There is no shortage of items to buy either.  We picked up a vintage nutcracker from East Germany (from before the wall came down), a spectacular painted pyramid, ornaments, homemade stationery supplies, Turkish pottery, and plenty of chocolate-covered gingerbread.

We also managed to cram in some sightseeing. We toured the Nuremberg castle with its interesting display of medieval machinery, science advancements, weaponry, and costumes, walked the old walls, ate tremendous amounts of German food, and even saw a bit of the Nazi parade and rally grounds at the Documentation Center.

The Nuremberg sausages are famous.  They are the length and width of a finger – which, in olden times, was instigated in an effort to regulate the quantity of sausage a person sold.  They are served 5 to a bun with some optional mustard.

I suppose this illustration is showing all the ways to kill your enemy, but I’ve got nothing for the one below. I can’t imagine one reason why it would be advantageous to only be wearing one pant leg while preparing your musket.

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