The yearly Christmas Market in Luebeck, Germany, adjacent to the Marienkirche and the old Rathaus. While I've never been to the city in December, I've spent lots of time goofing off in this very square during visits in 1986, 1990, and 2009.
Today is the first of December and time again for various and sundry seasonal images that catch my eye. While I promise there will be more photos of my own soldiers-in-progress and tabletop battles in the coming days and weeks as the academic calendar for the year mercifully winds down, I nevertheless wanted to kick off the Advent and Christmas season with a few photographs of the annual Luebecker Weinachtsmarkt . . . The Christmas Market as it exists in Luebeck, Germany. I've never been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in this delightfully sleepy old capital of the Hanseatic League, but I hope to one day. Keep your fingers crossed. In the meantime. . .
Another part of the Christmas market in the old part of the city center, this time along An der Obertrave. The Grand Duchess and I purchased some delicious marzipan in one of the shops here during our June 2009 visit to Luebeck.
Another Christmas market in another part of the old town, this time in front of the old Hospital of the Holy Ghost along Der Grosse Burgstrasse.
Here's a shot of the main Christmas Market near the Marienkirche. Doesn't it look pretty? The German word gemuetlichkeit comes readily to mind when I look at scenes like this.
Here's a dark, snowy street scene during one recent December in Luebeck. It looked just like this the first time I visited in Febrary 1986. Snow and coalsmoke everywhere. I even saw a tall blond guy with a mustache dressed in old-fashioned black chimney sweep clothes, complete with tophat and large wire brush attached to a long, coiled cable over his shoulder.
And finally, an advertisement for one recent Christmas Market in the city. Why is it that we always want to be somewhere else where we are not?