Wanderlust Wednesday: Christkindlmarkte

At the risk of overloading my regular readers with posts on Germany, I’ll simply post a couple of photos from Christmas Markets in Munich and Bonn. Many of the central city Christmas markets mostly cater to tourists now, but alternative “local” markets have sprung up. The Tollwood Winter Festival takes place on Theresienwiese, in Munich (unfortunately, it doesn’t open until 2pm on weekdays, so I had to miss this). On of my colleagues at Bonn mentioned that there is a more craft-oriented market in Cologne that residents visit. While many of my friends who have enjoyed these markets in the past rhapsodized about the Gluhwine stands, I was offput by the aroma of last night’s Gluhwine. I thought I’d smell the spicy wonderfulness that is mulled wine, but those stands smelled more like a not very nice bar in the morning.

Still, it’s fun to see the smiling faces, and the baked goods and sausages still smell good!

Gingerbread for the tourists. "Ich Liebe Dich!"

Gingerbread for the tourists. “Ich Liebe Dich!” Bonn. RL Fifield 2012.

 

Bonn.

Bonn. RL Fifield 2012.

Munich.Munich. RL Fifield 2012.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.