Christmas markets are seemingly around every corner in Munich. Much is for sale:
candy and chocolate...
and Gluhwein, a spiced hot red wine, essential for keeping warm on a chilly winter evening. There is an alcohol-free version too (Kinderpunsch), but it just isn't the same...
We also visited the town where my mom grew up - Kirchberg an der Murr (near Stuttgart). Her brother and a few other relatives live there, it was nice for Tim to meet my the German side of my family and have a peek into that part of my background.
This is my cousin Nina and I at the Christkindlmarkt in Ludwigsburg, a neighboring city. It was about -10C (14F) that morning.
If you like meat, you will love Germany; there are butchers everywhere.
We saw this guy in a Munich subway station one night - he was wearing a loden green green Bavarian cape and had an owl on his arm. He was fielding questions from all the fascinated people who gathered round and some people even pet the owl. You don't see that every day.
If you emailed me during the past week, please be patient while I catch up :) I will respond to you in the next couple days.