It´s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… my favorite time of the year is here! Lights and decorations, music and carols, shopping and cooking, hot chocolate and movies, – lots of things pop up into my mind with a word “Christmas“… But mostly it´s all about those unique and unforgettable moments with our loved ones, right?!
The Magic of Christmas: Colmar
The best Christmas for me is the one I spend at home. Nevertheless, every year in December I seek to travel somewhere colder in Europe in search of a Christmas spirit. Life in Spain is wonderful, no doubts. But you barely get this “Christmas-is-coming” feeling with +16°C in Dec, right?! And what about snow, Gluhwein, hot chocolate, and cozy Christmas sweaters? Those barely make any sense in Spain.
So far, the German Christmas markets were leading in my list of Christmas destinations, especially those in Bavaria, with Rothenburg ob der Tauber being my no.1. However, this year my trip to Alsace, France has revealed one of my new absolute favorites – a magical Colmar.
Ok, there is more to the story here: the trip itself was horrible. A thick fog, windy cold weather (it was -1°C, but felt like -10°C), the accident at the French railroad (due to which we spent 3h freezing inside the small Colmar´s train station). Additionally, it was a relationship anniversary for me and my man and we missed our dinner reservation (every once in a while we all have one of those days when nothing goes right in life – this definitely was mine). But you know what?! – Despite everything, I´d gladly repeat this trip all over again! At this point, you´re guessing how amazing must be Colmar if anything else becomes irrelevant? – Well, if there is a perfect place in this world to feel the magic of Christmas, to me it´s Colmar!
Initially, we planned to do some site seeing in Colmar but ended up walking from one market to another: we spent a whole day discovering the charm of an Old City and Little Venice, impressed by this fairytale Christmas atmosphere.
It´s hard to describe with words how magical the tiny little village of Colmar feels. Some streets look like those from the “Beauty and the Beast” animated movie. The city should be extremely beautiful all year round. But all the lights, markets, shops, French cafes, smells, and spices during the Christmas Eve, turn The Old Town of Colmar into a real-life fairy tale.
A quick stop at L´atelier de Yann Patisserie
May the magic of Christmas fills your hearts with happiness,