Here are some photos from our recent trip to Europe. Kaori and I both had colds so we took things easy and just enjoyed relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
We started in Aachen, where we visited Jurgen. He took us to the Christmas market and spent two days showing us the sights around his beautiful town. It was really cold, but we loved what we saw.
These first photos are from the Christmas market.
This is the square behind the ancient spa house.
Jurgen took us to Monschau, an old village at the foot of a steep valley that escaped the alllied bombing of WWII that destroyed so much of Germany. It’s really unique.
It was really cold and the Gluhwein, a hot spiced wine, was very welcome.
We caught the train to Paris, both feeling really under the weather with our colds. We didn’t pack in as much as we could, but still had a lot of fun wandering around and hanging out in bakeries and restaurants. We’ve been to Paris before and didn’t feel we needed to visit all the tourist sites – we just enjoyed the atmosphere.
We stayed in the St Germain district, home to many famous cafes and within easy walking to to the Latin Quarter and the attactions in the center of the city.
This bakery had the most wonderful breads.
This beautiful cafe was open early so we came here for coffee and pastries.
In France and Germany, you can still do your shopping at local shops, like this greengrocers, with their wares spilling out onto the street.
Not a bad photo for two sick people.