I always wondered, am I the only one obsessed with the Christmas Markets?
I have a strange relationship with Christmas, I love the decorations, the atmosphere, the lights and of course, the markets but I don't really like Christmas day; but the beauty and the feeling that the Christmas markets give me are fantastic, and how beautiful are they?
I am little sad this year because, of course, due to Covid I cannot go where I planned, that was Zurich, but in the past years I went almost every weekend of December to visit one, and I can say that I also saw enough for this year hahaha.
The best thing about Christmas Market?
Well, I love the atmosphere of Christmas the colourful lights, the decorations on the trees and houses and all this little wood house selling handmade decorations or typical products, but the best part, in my opinion? The warm, mulled wine and the amazing food that is different from almost every market.
I have a select bucket list for the Christmas Market, and I like, when I have the opportunity to visit one big market and some small around me. For example, last year I went to Galway and some smaller in Italy.
BEST CHRISTMAS MARKET SO FAR…
(The descriptions are based on what I saw that particular year and they can change)
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Since this year I can not go to see any Christmas Market Join me on Social Media and let me see your best photos of the Christmas Markets, so I will travel with the imagination! #tastravelnow
I am not a big fan of Halloween probably because I grew up in Italy and there it is not a "thing"; I never wore a scary costume, I never went to a Halloween party, and I think I went just one time to trick or treating.
When I moved to Ireland it was the end of September, and I immediately saw that Halloween was a big deal. Many amazing decorated houses and shops, fireworks for almost a month, party for two weekends and of course, dressed up people with amazing and scary costumes. Even at work, there were a "party" and prizes for the best costume; as I said, Halloween is a big deal!
Do you know the story about Halloween?
Halloween was born in Ireland; people thought that October 31 was the end of the light part of the year and the beginning of the dark part of the year. During this passage, souls who had died during the year could return to give a final goodbye to their loved ones, but evil souls could come back too. To prevent evil souls from leading you to the side of the dead, people began to dress as monsters in order not to be recognized. In addition, to prevent evil souls from inside the houses, they began to decorate the houses with scary witches, ghosts or monsters. And, of course, you could not miss some food-based treatment to keep evil souls away from home (in the past the treatment was nuts and fruit now are candy; just trick or treat).
This year 2020, the shitty year, of course, you cannot celebrate Halloween, but I still found something to do which is complete safety, and I must say that I loved it and it was very fun!
I went on a dark tour. The tour consisted of a two-hour walk around Dublin with a guide telling us ghost stories and dark stories, and I liked it for three main reasons:
1. It was a fantastic sunny day, and other people on tour were Irish or lived in Ireland for many years, so the atmosphere was more "familiar" to everyone.
2. The guide was amazing. He was happy to share with us the stories, and you could feel it because he was enthusiastic and very friendly with us. He was also an amazing storyteller.
3. Finally, but not least, Ireland and the Irish people of the past (and in a different way also now) were very dark, some stories are really disturbing and scary, while others, fortunately, are funny.
The tour started from Dublin Castle with a creepy story set on the only left tower of the castle. Then we moved to Saint Patrick Cathedral, a long stop to Christchurch with scary stories, and we finished to the other side of the river; in total 2 hours walk surrounded by dark and mystery.
I want to share four stories that I liked most.
Do you like Halloween? I would love to hear stories form your city, your traditions during this holiday and what you like about it. Leave a comment and let me know :)