The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market.
Hardly the ideal outing for a wannabe minimalist.
Well NO because we went for the experience NOT TO SHOP.
In previous years we've walked past it hurriedly whilst Christmas shopping
but have never stopped to take it in and enjoy it just as an event in itself. We've always been too focused on shopping.
This year Hubs and I were determined to soak up that continental experience for ourselves. We arrived just as it was beginning to get dark, boisterous and very crowded. With all the bustle I didn't get many photos but I hope these few give you a flavour of our dusk time date.
We experienced... many colourful Christmas themed craft stalls,
live music and carousel rides,
There were also pretzels and a variety of sweet treats. We chose poffertjes - Dutch mini pancakes - hot, freshly cooked and traditionally served with icing sugar and melted butter. I chose advocaat and icing sugar. They were delicious - light, fluffy and, laced with alcohol, very warming.
After this we were in need of a drink. We avoided the jostling bars selling German beer and went in search of Gluwein. I've only drunk it inside before. However, supping mulled spiced wine from a mug whilst taking in the sights, smells and sounds of an outdoor market made it far more enticing.
Less shopping more experiences.
That's my mantra.