Zurich is famous for its Christmas Market, said to be the largest in Europe. The first part we visited took place undercover of the Main Railway Station. The wintery air of the bitterly cold day had certainly sharpened our senses to really appreciate the atmosphere and aromas that awaited us.
The rows of wooden cabins bedecked with Christmas lights, garlands of fir branches, mistletoe, angels and nativity scenes had totally transformed the lofty railway station, it now looked utterly charming. A massive Christmas tree took centre stage, adorned with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystal ornaments. Spicy smells of sizzling sausages, mulled wine, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts, chocolate and stinky cheeses followed us around and the holiday shoppers, muffled up against the cold, looked happy in this enchanting little Christmas village. The Christmas markets back home just don`t seem able to capture the same magic as they do here, in mainland Europe.
The joy on children`s faces was a delight to behold as they gazed in wonderment at handmade wooden toys, pinocchio dolls, train sets and farm animals. Suddenly I found myself taken back with fond memories of my own childhood and many Christmasses ago. We later crossed the river and on into the old quarter of the city here, as we meandered through the narrow, cobbled back streets, strains of Silent Night - Holy Night completed our Christkindli experience.
Reflection Through The Seasons
I live in a small Welsh village which is situated in the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park. Its an area of true outstanding natural beauty. We have the Cambrian mountains to the east of us and the coast of Cardigan Bay out to the west. My husband and I moved to Wales from The Cotswolds in England 19 years ago. We bought the old village Police Station, which we have worked tirelessly renovating ever since. You could say its a real labour of love. I have retired after working many years in the travel business, this now leaves me free to pursue the many things in life that I enjoy.