When Christmas hits Europe, it is impossible to ignore. Before December even begins, cities already paint their streets and window fronts with yuletide decor and lights aplenty. Some cities rock the holiday more than others, including those below who open Christmas-focused markets in some of their open plazas. If you find yourself in Europe in November or December, try to make it to one of these once-a-year spectacles.
Once you’re full of Belgian waffles and delectable chocolate, browse the Belgian markets for handcrafts and potential presents, followed by a lap around the centrally located ice-skating rink.
Germany is famous for its nationwide holiday markets, but Berlin takes the cake with more than 60 markets throughout the city. Treat yourself to mulled wine and a traditional German Christmas cookie.
Gingerbread, toy horses and some of the world´s best coffee accent Austria’s market that dates to the 13th century. The city lights charm the streets and illuminate the large square in front of City Hall.
Predictably, one of the Czech Republic capital´s markets sets up in Old Town Square in the shadow of the Astronomical Clock Tower and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Other markets exist elsewhere, like in Wenceslas Square where the carol of ´Good King Wenceslas´ can be sung underneath the statue of Wenceslas himself.
The very first Christmas market took place in this town in France on the border of Germany. Celebrate the tradition where it all began by visiting the 11 individual Christmas villages and taking home some of the edible decorations!
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Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
As spring comes around in full force, people opt for a lighter coat that can protect them from the wind and rain of the season. In the beginning, there are still cold days to get through, but, as the weather shifts, it becomes more unpredictable with bouts of rain and sunshine. This unpredictable weather can make it hard to know how to dress properly, but it’s always a safe bet to own a couple light and versatile jackets to get through the season. Lightweight coats don’t need to be expensive to be effective. Many buyers will opt to buy less expensive coats because they don’t get used often. However, any coat purchased for spring weather will also be useful in the fall.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.