Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. 
The countdown for our move home to Australia is well and truly on too, 
this time next month we will have said our farewells and will be 
sitting on our plane waiting for take off.

When we found our time as expats was coming to an unexpected end, 
we could have headed home at the end of June.
That would have meant that the girls would start school half way through a school year 
and the dog, Ralph, due to Australian Quarantine requirements would not be 
able to travel until November at the earliest
...and hellooooo...Christmas and Christmas Markets in Germany...
 we need one last fix before heading home. 
Tickets were booked for  Australia in January 2016!

The first market we visited in 2015 was Rudesheim, 
a gorgeous little town full of cobblestoned alleys  and half timbered buildings. 
Situated in prime Riesling country between 
the banks of the Rhine River and the rolling Taunus Hills. 

The town is enchanting, an abundance of fairy lights decorations and 
the smell of spiced Gluhwein filling the air brings on the magic of Christmas.

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

Private residences join in the festive spirit and add to the charm.

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

The carved woodwork on the half timbered buildings is stunning, 
when you add Christmas decorations it is magical. 
I loved this tree made out of local wine boxes.

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic... Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Nativity, Rudesheim Germany

You can take the cable car up to the Niederwald Monument for a fabulous view 
over the valley and vineyards for €7 return. 
Money well spent even on a chilly day.

Christmas Market Magic...Cable car, Rudesheim Germany

Even Santa took the time for a ride

Christmas Market Magic...Cable car, Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

Christmas Market Magic...Rudesheim Germany

It is always a joy to soak up the festive atmosphere of a German Christmas Market, 
hot cup of Gluhwein warming your hands, delicious warm food to keep you going.

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