After a petit blogging hiatus, I’m back and ready to blog! I know it could be a lot worse–I only went twelve days without blogging–but it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve sat down and reflected/written anything! December, thus far, has been pretty standard and “in routine”. I spend a majority of my time either (a) teaching, (b) giving English lessons, (c) receiving French lessons, and (d) lesson planning. This past weekend, however, provided a nice break from the routine as I went to my very first (and second) European marché de Noël!
On Saturday afternoon, L and I headed out to Nevers to meet up with T, who was staying in Nevers for the weekend with another German assistant, for the marché de Noël.
Upon arriving, we walked around for a bit and explored while awaiting for T and the other assistant to arrive. The small tents in the background of the picture above are all the “twin cities” of Nevers, and it was cool to see just how many twin cities there are for Nevers throughout Europe.
After T and the other assistant arrived, we explored some of the other booths. The marché was relatively vacant given that it was the early afternoon when we arrived, so we were able to take our time looking at everything without the pressure of a huge crowd of people.
By this point, we were all pretty hungry (and cold, to be honest), so the four of us headed to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch.
Of course, we couldn’t go to a marché de Noël and not have vin chaud! I didn’t understand the hype before I tried it but man, what a game changer. I hope it will be my first of many this holiday season 🙂
With full stomachs and happy hearts, we set off to explore Nevers! We went to the Cathedral of Saint Cyricus and Saint Julitta and checked out the view from the Duke’s Palace.
After visiting some of the more historical parts of Nevers, we headed to the commercial area of the centre ville for shopping before settling into a cafe for hot drinks. Shortly after, the four of us parted ways and L and I headed back toward the marché de Noël.
For as tranquil and low-key as it was earlier that day, it was a mad-house of people, strollers, and dogs (definitely not mad about the latter) our second time through. Thankfully, we made it through and made our way back to Clamecy.
On Sunday, L and I headed out again for another marché de Noël, this one located a lot closer to home (just 10km down the road) in Coulanges-sur-Yonne. This marché was definitely smaller, but the atmosphere was enjoyable all the same.
What goes better together at a Christmas market than a person spitting fire and a visit from Santa Claus, reindeer and all? You tell me.
We spent a bit of time looking at the booths and talking to a colleague who was working at a churro stand there before taking the short trip back to Clamecy.
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Until next time,