This is now the 229th post here at Blogger. I'm thinking of moving over to a new site, an upgrade of sorts, to try to focus more on my photography, and perhaps morph that into something more.
In any case, we had a nice Christmas here in Germany. No snow...just some rain and cold (so far), and are enjoying a few days of down time before jumping back into the hectic work schedule. Upcoming trips include back to Bulgaria, up to Latvia, and a trip home to see family (first time in over 2 years).
Christmas this year included trips to the local Christmas Markets, a big thing here in Europe. Lots of Christmasy knick-knacks, warm foods, Gluwein, and hundreds of carousel rides for Isabella. In our village, they even had a "bake your own dough wrapped around a stick over an open fire" booth where, for about a Euro, you could do the aforementioned activity. Which brought back fond memories of Boy Scout campouts and the unmistakable taste of half cooked (i.e., burned on the outside, raw on the inside) bread. Bella loved it.
We also hit Wiesbaden and Mainz's markets which were fun.
Christmas Eve, Melody introduced Isabella to the time honored tradition of making Lumpia, Filipino spring rolls...it was great to see her learning how to fill and roll the delicious treats, and Melody looked like she was really enjoying passing on the knowledge.
Now a few photos from the week...
|Charlie and Rusty opening their Christmas stocking|
|Charlie and his bone|
|Mainz Christmas Market|
|Christmas stars for sale|
|Mainz Dom behind the strings of lights|
|The statue of Gutenberg, focal point for Gutenbergplatz, Mainz|
|Peace Table and sculpture at Point Alpha|
|View into "West" Germany from Point Alpha|
|Stop sign on East side of the border|
|Barbed wire fence with DDR (East German) observation post behind|
|Border marker with|
|Party boat on the Mainz-Kastel side of the Rhine|
|Abandoned Smart Car|
|Bridge into Mainz|
|Bus-stop and grafitti'd tunnel|
|Graffiti Tunnel with creepy Joker painting...|