December . It’s all about Snow and Santa Claus.
I just love December with all the stress and fun that goes into preparing Christmas. Actually truth be told I like any excuse to celebrate. From the Festival of light to Eid after Ramadan.
But Christmas is so special with all the European Christmas Markets from Dresden where we stayed at the Bulow Palais which I absolutely loved. I went mad at the Dresden market and bought enough Santa’s to fill the North Pole. I love Vienna, especially the Julius Meinl store which has divine food products, Salzburg for flowers and Hungary for the best walnuts ever and of course Paprika.
One year we went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber which is just pure magic. You really could not event such a place which is a walled town with oldie worldy houses and lots and lots of shops that sell throughout the year incredible hand made Christmas decorations, clocks and wooden toys. It is just amazing. We stayed in a gorgeous old manor house Herrnschlosschen from the 11th century. We had the Green Leaf suite a duplex in the roofs and it was utterly charming Loved it.
This year we drove to the Black Forest and stayed in the Bareiss Hotel which is superbly run by the family. You can ready up y views on. And please let me know if you have come across any magical place.
We are spending Christmas in Austria in our lodge in the mountains in the middle of nowhere . We do all the usual stuff, eat watch TV, eat again. This year I am planning everything along a Santa Claus theme with the tree decorated in all sorts of Santas . hope it works
Have a great Christmas and really great 2018.
About Mona Moments
My Mona Moments are my often happy experiences while I am travelling. I am curious. I like to stick my nose into everything and almost try everything. With years and year of travelling all over the world from seemingly random places like the San Blas Islands or sipping tea while freezing in Darjeeling my travels have made me a inquisitive traveller.
I would love it if you come across a hotel, restaurant or café experience that you loved anywhere in the world and tell me about it. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy the stories I share.