Christmas market in Aachen Germany

Aachen, Christmas

Mulled wine and XXXL Curry wursts, that’s what Aachen Christmas market is made of! I have visited this Christmas market twice and definitely would advice anybody who wants to get to the Christmas mood to go there too. Aachen is near Belgium, Holland and France and 1,5 hours by car from Brussels but you can also get there easily by Thalys. The old town is charming and when the sun goes down and all the Christmas lights starts to sparkle it all becomes magic.

Aachen old town just before opening of the Christmas market

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You can forget the winter darkness when the Christmas lights are lit up

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I’m more of a window shopper what becomes to actually buy stuff from my travels. Instead I’m more focused on what we can find to taste! For B with whom I travelled with it was obvious: german XXXL curry wurst. After the curry wursts we sipped hot drinks to warm us up before heading back home.

Not hungry yet?

Aachen, Christmas

Aachen, Christmas

Aachen’s Christmas market is open this year from the 21 November until  23 December and it is perfect for all the Christmas lovers who want to start early and for those who are so busy in December that they don’t have time to visit anything. As I’ve been there twice before I might try something new myself this year!

Aachen, Christmas

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Köln Cologne, Germany

A quick trip to Germany in January. I found a really nice price from Thalys 29 Euros for a ticket from Paris to Cologne which sealed the deal to go discover Cologne.

So I arrived by train to a beautiful train station before noon and met B who came there from Brussels with car. I hopped in and we went searching our airbnb apartment in the hip Belgian quarter. We left the car there (no parking fees btw!) and went to discover the Cologne center with it’s magnificent gothic cathedral and old town. We went for a lunch in a typical German brewery Peters Brauhaus . Another nice place and completely different from the old town atmosphere was the cafe Yo next to our flat. We went there for a Sunday brunch and it was nice to people watch customers from all age range from baby to grand parents! Of course the average customer there was the hip 20’s youngster 😉

As a conclusion Cologne was very nice discovery and next time I would like to see it in summer!

Pieni viikonloppumatka tammikuussa Saksan puolelle Kölniin oli oikein mukava!

Paris-Cologne junalippu maksoi Thalyksella tarjouksessa 29 Euroa ja B tuli Brysselista autolla. Treffattiin klo 11.30 Kölnin juna-aseman edessa.

IMG_2740Sitten lahdettiin autolla etsimaan Belgialaista korttelia, jossa oli meidan airbnb:n kautta varaama huone. Ihastuttiin kortteliin heti ja mentiin kahville YO! kahvilaan

https://www.facebook.com/Yo.Speiselokal

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IMG_2750 No huonetta ei saatukaan heti, mutta jatettiin auto parkkiin ja lahdettiin kavelemaan kohti Kölnin keskustaa ja uskomatonta katedraalia!IMG_2753 IMG_2768

Ja sitten pitikin etsia lounaspaikka ja tuttuun tyyliin loydettiinkin oikein perinteinen saksalainen kievari

http://www.peters-brauhaus.de/


Sitten paastiinkin jo hakemaan avaimet yopaikkaamme ja vahan lepaamaan ennenkuin lahdettiin taas kappailemaan keskustaan.
IMG_2794 Hyvin nukutun yon jalkeen menimme saksalaiselle brunssille YO kahvilaan ja kiva seurailla paikallisia joita oli ihan laidasta laitaan, nuoria, vanhoja, perheita… Todella leppoisaa!IMG_2803Sitten taas kaupungille katsastamaan vanhaa kaupunkia ja ennen kuin jatkoimme matkaa takaisin Brysseliin nappasimme mukaan munkit!

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Nous avons fait un rdv à Cologne avec B qui venait de Bruxelles et moi qui venais de Paris avec Thalys. On a réservé un studio par airbnb dans le quartier Belge et on a promené pendent 2 jours dans la ville.