Six days celebrating Christmas in Bavaria, including German Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg and the surrounding area, and markets in Salzburg, Austria.
He didn’t spit on us once.
Masses of people shop Nuremberg’s Christmas market each year.
A vendor peeks out from behind a mass of Christmas ornaments.
More ornaments than you could look at.
Romantic Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle
That’s a firecracker shooting out of his stilt.
The smoking men are my favorite traditional German gift.
Food and socializing were more important in Regensburg than shopping.
Beautiful pottery at Lucrezia Market in Regensburg.
Dave and Gerhard by the Danube.
The perfect setting for a Christmas market
Fire juggling at WaldWipfelWig.
One of WaldWipfelWig’s optical illusions.
Some people will be your friends no matter how far away they live or how infrequently you talk to them.
Mirabell Square market in Salzburg
These were actually the size of my face.
Welcome to Salzburg’s main Christmas market.
A view from the top of the fortress.
Brook Farm Bed and Breakfast in Berrington, Worcestershire, UK. Our Workaway home for November and December:
Hop Pickers cottage
Tea and gardening are the breath of life at Brook Farm
I was lucky to catch some of the last roses before the first frost
Mrs. B is the one who’s really in charge
My favorite of the flowers Sarah uses to decorate
Our fantastic door knocker
Early morning sun dries the night’s rain
Alfie the donkey says hello
We found this guy in one of our flower beds
There are enough mugs in this home to keep a battalion drinking tea
Hall window sill
My favorite apple tree at Brook Farm
Everyone wants Brook Farm plants
Pretty little dresser decor
Guests can send Brook Farm Berrington postcards
Little sheep on the piano
Hearts hang from the doorway to the Blue Bathroom
One of our buddies
Bedroom door latch
If you need a gardening magazine, Brook Farm has you covered
There are loads of books in this house
Yummy fresh eggs
Pile o’ gardening tools
A weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the surrounding region:
Hallgrímskirkja, the biggest church in Iceland
Streets of Reykjavik
Reykjavik’s 871 +/- Museum, which shares the story of Reykjavik’s settlement
Reykjavik’s weekend flea market
A man enjoys a beer in The Blue Lagoon
One of the Icelandic beauties we met
Oxarafoss flows in Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall
The land surrounding Iceland’s main geysers, Geysir and Strokkur, is scattered with boiling streams and steam vents. The entire area smells like rotten eggs, thanks to the natural gases found in the hot springs.
Blesi is one of the non-erupting hot spring near Geysir and Strokkur. Blesi has two pools, one of which is this striking blue color, thanks to the minerals in the water.
My favorite part of a geyser’s eruption is this initial bubble, as the pressure starts to build. (Strokkur)
Strokkur’s initial burst through the bubble
Tourists from all over the world gather to watch Strokkur erupt.