Saturday, November 27, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Last night when I was heading to bed, snow started falling. I felt like a little kid this morning when I drew back the curtain and to my delight the city was covered in snow! This is my first snow since moving to Scotland and it was so picturesque.  On Thursday the German Christmas Markets started in downtown Edinburgh, so I decided to bundle up and take a stroll through the winter wonderland to check them out this morning.  Back in 2005 my mom and I went on a Christmas Market tour of Eastern Europe. It was one of my all time favorite vacation's, so when I found out that Edinburgh celebrated the holiday's with Christmas Markets I knew I would be in for a treat. 

The sidewalks were quite slick with ice on the walk down to the markets but the sun was out and shinning bright. I arrived at the markets after a 20 minute walk from my flat, and I was delighted to see that not only do they have traditional Christmas market vendors but they also have a mini amusement park full of carnival rides and an ice skating rink!

Their were also a variety of food vendors where you could buy candies, sweets, sausage, crepes, german pretzels, hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and much more!

There were also shops where you could buy an assortment of different gifts. I especially enjoyed the vendor where they had animal hats and highland cow slippers!

If you fancy a fortune reading there is even a wild gypsy on hand to tell you what lies in your future....

 And now, back to more food.....

 Chocolate covered peppers anyone? 

The picture below shows a desert called chocolate covered kisses. They are marshmallows with a waffle coating dipped in various chocolates. Yum!

When we saw chocolate covered strawberry's my friend Amy and I couldn't help but indulge and as you can imagine they were magically delicious!

Giant gingerbread cookies to welcome all the people to the city

Since the markets started this Thursday the place was crowded with people. It was fun to walk through the crowds and see all of the food people were chowing down on.  

I am really looking forward to taking a ride on the ferris wheel. I am saving this for a night time activity because the markets are decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. I hope to get some pictures of the markets during the night time activities later this holiday season. 

This was an interesting attraction for kids. As you can see each kid gets their own bubble which is on water. They can run and bump into the other bubbles inside the dome. A futurist version of human bumper cars.

The sign below translates to "You are Cordially Welcome." The market definitely put me in the holiday spirit, especially since I missed Thanksgiving this year.  I am really looking forward to the arrival of Christmas! I will be traveling down to Amsterdam to meet up with some family friends and then we are traveling north to London for Christmas.  Going to the markets got me excited for my upcoming trip and I can't wait to spend the holiday's with friends from back home! Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous, very magical. Wish I was there!!!

  2. Sounds great Katie! Nice photos too. LMK if you need a good home for any of those chocolate covered strawberries, I'll pop right over an pick some up ; )