I’m so excited – just been told I’m going on a Christmas Markets River Cruise by my wonderful husband . Apparently it’s going through Alsace and Germany which I can’t think of any better place to be during the festive season to savour Gemütlichkeit, Glühwein and Lebkuchen? I can’t wait to be enthralled by the beautiful decorations adorning the magnificent buildings and the twinkling lights on the market stalls.The festive atmosphere which these Christmas Markets conjure would be one to beat on a beautiful crisp winter’s day.
We fly to Frankfurt on the 10th December (which will soon come round) and go on to board the cruise ship Avalon Vista. Apparently we are all to meet the crew at a welcoming reception so we can get to now them and vice versa.
Avalon Vista on the Rhine River
Royal Suite Avalon Vista
On the second day we arrive in a place called Speyer to admire the Christmas markets or enjoy an included excursion to the university city of Heidelberg where a Local Guide will show you the imposing castle ruins and the Great Vat – the world’s largest wine barrel!
The following day we should be visiting Strasbourg which has the oldest and most finest Christmas markets in Europe which date back to 1570! The City’s famous Christkindelsmärik‘ is also found around Place de la CathÈdrale and Place Broglie and a giant Christmas tree is traditionally seen as its centrepiece.
I’m particularly looking forward to the fourth day as I believe there is an excursion to the famous Black forest which is best known for its cute cuckoo clocks, fabulous woodcarvings, Black Forest ham and the delicious Black Forest Gateaux!
Basically, I can’t wait to spend my whole time exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets whilst savouring the aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon cookies and listening to the sounds of festive Christmas songs – roll on December 10th!