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Merry Christmas From Germany’s Romantic Road!

Merry Christmas!

Mr. T and I decided to spend Christmas and New Year’s this year in Europe (squeal!).  I love, love, love Europe so much so that I am still trying to figure out ways I can move here.  In the meantime, we skipped over the Atlantic a few days ago and took a road trip through Germany’s Romantic Road, a stretch of road in Bavaria linking a bunch of small picturesque towns together. We started off in Munich, drove to the world famous Christmas markets in Nuremburg, hopped over to Rothenburg, and made our way through Dinkelsbühl,  Nördlingen, Harburg, and Augsburg.  Tomorrow, we’ll continue onwards to see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!  It’s been only been a few days but it’s been so much fun!  We love seeing all the medieval towns lined with all the stereotypical german houses.  The only thing missing is the stereotypical Bavarian all dressed to the nines in lederhosen. 😉

My favorite town so far is Rothenburg.  This place is the epitome of the Christmas spirit so much so that I’ve heard it’s like Christmas here year round!  I’ve never seen so many streets decorated with Christmas trees, ornaments, and gifts.  The whole city felt like I was walking through a fairytale!

So far the trip is off to a bangin’ start.  Mr. T’s even managed to own the autobahn (not without a few shrills from me) and taste the best beer of his life in Nuremburg; Franconian beer rocks (at least according to him)!  The only downside so far was our coffee break in Dinkelsbühl where we were “welcomed” into the cafe by a bunch of staring Germans.  It was so unreal that I even googled “why do Germans stare” and to my amusement there were a bunch of search results on this very topic already!  Go ahead – google it!  Eh, a small blip in an otherwise great few days.

To everyone else (and ok, even the Germans who like to stare) – I hope you’re enjoying your Christmas with loved ones wherever in the world you are!

Here are some pics fresh from the first two cities we visited along the Romantic Road:

(Nuremburg’s Christmas market was in full swing!)

(Walking through Rothenburg’s medieval town was like an escape through a fairytale!)

(There are even Christmas trees above the stores in Rothenburg!)

(The holiday spirit is everywhere in Rothenburg with all the streets decked out! It was so refreshing to be somewhere with genuine holiday spirit – you know, not the kind that follows a big sign yelling for you to get in a big holiday sale, ahem, like all the malls in the U.S.!)

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Lisa - December 26, 2012 - 8:13 am

looks beautiful! merry Christmas!

Mark - December 26, 2012 - 12:48 pm

I really am soooo jealous.. I remember spending Christmas day in Berlin exactly 10 years ago.. man time flies.
Have a great time! safe travels and happy holidays!

Tiffany - December 29, 2012 - 12:17 am

ah it looks so beautiful/magical there! I’ve seen photos of Rothenburg before and have always wanted to visit. Wish I could spend the holidays in Germany (or anywhere in Europe) too!!
I hope you had an amazing Christmas & all the best for the new year! 🙂

Just Wanderlust - January 4, 2013 - 2:01 am

Lisa/Mark/Tiff – hope you all had a great holiday season! Thanks for dropping by!

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