Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our little Christmas corner!

Just a few shots of our tiny little Christmas corner in our apartment in Hamburg. Without our own Christmas decorations, we made do with what we could. I bought these miniatures as something to commemorate our time here--they're little replicas of Christmas market booths! (P.S. I just opened those green wrapped presents last night and I am SO excited.)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Luneburg, Germany.

Visited the sweetest little medieval town a bit before Christmas to get in the holiday spirit and was immediately whisked back 500 years as we walked among such old buildings with intricate details and beautiful doorways and classic medieval German architecture. Just a few photos:

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Time in Hamburg, Germany.

Christmas time in Germany is as magical as they say it is...with Weihnachtsmarkts in nearly every square, each boasting a festive mix of toys and treats and handmade goods and Christmas decor... And the FOOD, oh the food...impossible to visit a Christmas market without also nabbing a plate of apple strudel or grünkohl or germknödel...

And having been in love with miniatures since an early childhood visit to LA's (now shuttered, sadly) Museum of Miniatures, still completely entranced by tiny and fanciful worlds, like these ones for sale at the Christmas markets...

Missing home terribly and counting the hours until we fly home to the states, but, still, such a pleasure to spend the Christmas season in this festive country with the one I love.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


The city of Heidelberg will forever be marred in my memory by a gross travel miscalculation, for we only spent hours in a city that deserved days and days. A tour of the Renaissance castle, then a quick stroll down the main thoroughfare of the old city where we stumbled upon a medieval street fair and tasted the most delicious pastries, and then back to the car and on to our next destination...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mosel Valley Castles.

Just a few photos from a recent road trip through Germany's Mosel Valley, where we visited the Cochem and Eltz castles. Stately and imposing from its perch above the Mosel River, the 19th century Cochem castle is surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Meanwhile Eltz, less than an hour away, is tucked away in a dense forest, unscathed by war and time (and still decorated with the same furniture from the past eight centuries). Eltz is owned (and periodically inhabited) by the original family, which has likely contributed to its careful preservation.

Christmas Pretty: Kitschy Miniatures.

Far from home and without our own holiday decorations, we've hardly decorated our apartment here in Germany for Christmas. Aside from a poinsettia plant here and a gingerbread-scented candle there, one likely wouldn't know we were celebrating the holiday at all. We won't even be in our apartment on Christmas, but rather cozied up at Le Meridien in Budapest.

So for this holiday season, contenting myself with living vicariously through others' holiday decor. Loved these photos of Alison Faulkner's home, which seems to be exploding with adorable, kitschy miniature Christmas scenes. Would love to translate this into a dinner party tablescape for our own holiday decorating next year.

Anyone who can work pink into their Christmas decor (and break out of the typical red + green scheme) is doing something wonderful for the world.


Getting into the holiday spirit musically, if not decoratively...

// Lovely indie cover of a "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
// Chills with this Pentatonix version of "Mary, Did You Know?"
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