The Christmas Market Diet

The Christmas Market Diet; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

The Christmas Market Diet; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014  

Bill and I have spent the last month travelling around Germany, visiting several Christmas Markets, and while each is unique in location and presentation, they all seem to have a few things in common. Two things you will find at every market, food and children’s rides.

Bill and I have done our best to test and taste sample as many different varieties of Frankfurt, sausage sandwiches and wine as we can! The Coburg sausage is a 12 inch sausage with a 3 inch bun! I love their little ceramic mugs. It was set in a beautiful square in the center of town. It was raining, but we found a beautiful little spot with log tables where we could stand and savour our lunch.

After a month of Christmas Markets we are off to Amsterdam. I think they have a Christmas Market that we will visit, and there will be more photos of Christmas Markets and the cities we have visited. But it is time for a change both of scenery and of diet.

Sunshine Statues and Silhouette

Sunshine Statue and Silhouette; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Sunshine Statue and Silhouette; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

It has been cold, foggy, and windy here in Germany and I needed a change from all the Christmas market photos. So I went back in my files to a day in Salzburg when we actually had a little bit of sunshine.

As we walked around the parks of Salzburg enjoying the architecture and statues I noticed the sun peaking through creating a sun-flare near the upper part of the image, and a near perfect silhouette.  Given the weather report for this part of the world it will be while before we see the sun!

Today we will be dressing warm and heading out to see more of Berlin, pictures to follow at a later date.

street performers

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.     Victor Hugo

The guitarist in the photo was playing on the streets of Nuremberg Germany, absorbed in the song he was playing we stood  absorbed as the music floated around us. between songs he acknowledged those that place a contribution into his guitar case.  He acknowledged my camera, an smiled for a photograph, then went back playing.  I like the images of him playing, his passion for his music is palatable.

I have been following along with Kim Klassen’s Cafe, she has some wonderful textures, e-lessons, “where textures and photos connect.”  After adding the texture I used the the Floreabella Retro Vintage Action, adding to the vintage feel. I have been experimenting with different images and I want to that these two websites for inspiration and encouragement.

Wurzberg Alte Mainbrucke Saints

Bill and I have been home from Würzburg Germany for about 2 weeks now, I have taken a few minutes out of this busy Easter Weekend to review the photos and convert some to black and white.  This photo was taken looking east towards the Old Town Hall,  The Alte Mainbrucke is lined with Saints as if to guard the entrance into the pedestrian area of Würzburg.

Wurzburg Graffiti

It doesn’t seem to matter where we travel these days we find some walls marked by graffiti. As we rode the train from Franfurt to Wurzberg the walls along the train line were covered with it. It was very colorful and looked surprisingly similar to what we see at home.

This little gem was a small section on a wall in the walking streets of downtown Wurzberg. I am not sure which was added first the started face or the flying bird but it is quite comical, and I couldn’t resist photographing the idea to keep forever.

Autobahn @ 230 k/hr

Bill and I were lucky, one of the gentlemen that he was meeting with this week was driving from Würzburg to Bamberg today and offered us a ride in his new very comfy Audi suv.

So rather than carrying our luggage to the train station and onto the train, and then back to yet another cab and hotel we rode in the lap of luxury and watched the country side go by…………