• Bruges Christmas markt
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    Bruges – As pretty as a picture

    Say the name Bruges to anyone and I’m pretty sure one of the first things they think of will be chocolate. Bruges is famed for this confectionery king, but the city itself is something of a medieval marvel. Bruges is without doubt, as pretty as a picture. The streets are lined with idyllic houses and decorative shops. These are connected together by cobbled roads and bridges over a maze of canal waterways running through the city centre. Cars are something of a rarity throughout the centre with pedestrians and carriages drawn by healthy looking horses spilling across the streets. There is plenty to keep history and photography fans occupied in Bruges. The…

  • English Christmas Market
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    Get into the Christmas spirit for free!

    Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love Christmastime.  It is so easy to get carried away with the consumer side, but we all know that this is not what Christmas is really about. There are so many ways we can be involved and get to the heart and the meaning of Christmas, that there really is no excuse for anyone to miss out on some festive fun.  So dust off those Santa hats and hunt out the cookie cutters, we are on the home stretch…here are some extra ways to get into the Christmas spirit for free! Join in – Every town and village has a Christmas…

  • Cologne Neumarkt
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    Christmas capers in Cologne

    Cologne is arguably the best-known of Germany’s Christmas market towns and justifiably so. With no less than seven main markets to explore, Christmas lovers can trail the day away as they trundle merrily from one square to another in the search for Christmas goodies. From old town markets to garden markets to fairytale markets, each one has its own individual theme. Most are located within the city centre and all are accessible by a handy Christmas road train that runs in the busiest part of the season. Markets are understandably busy with a mix of tourists, local shoppers and those soaking up the Christmas atmosphere. I love that the markets…

  • Night-time in Dusseldorf
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    Festive fun in Dusseldorf

    All hail to the world of Christmas! With magic, mince pies and mayhem for the masses, Christmas markets pull in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year all on the search for the best gifts and decorations their pennies can buy. For me, this festive time has always been about winding down and spending time with people I care about plus a little bit of sparkle. Like most I indulge at this time of year, but my indulgence is to surround myself with as much Christmas spirit as possible either by making decorations, baking, listening to yuletide tunes, (okay singing badly to yuletide tunes) or following my elf-like nose to…