|Madison, moi, and Gabrielle at the Kassel Weihnachtsmarkt|
On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day in America, we ventured outside of Marburg and spent the day in Kassel, Germany.
|Luther Church, Kassel|
|Mistletoe Trees (I had no idea!)|
|Kassel was so impressed with her that they made a statue of Madison|
Kassel was home to the Brothers Grimm for 30 years, and so part of our day was spent at Grimm World - a museum dedicated to the life and work of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
We learned that the brothers were so much more than just fairy tale writers. They were actually linguists who spent many years studying German etymology and compiling a very thorough dictionary (although they only got to the letter F before they died!) The project that began in 1838 was carried on after their death and was finally completed in 1971 and was 33 volumes long!
The photos below are from a series made of paper and tell the story of the Grimms and their quest toward publishing their dictionary.
Of course part of the museum did focus on their fairy tales, and that part was extra fun because it was very interactive.
|Madison as Snow White talking to 3 of the 7 Dwarves|
|Red Riding Hood's Oma is sleeping|
|What big teeth you have, Oma!|
|Lia and Gabrielle help Hansel and Gretel push the witch in the oven|
As we left Grimm World, the sun was setting and it was time to go to the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market).
|Sunset in Kassel, Germany|
Because Kassel was home to the Brothers Grimm for so long, the Kassel Weihnachtsmarkt is fairy tale themed. Each year, they choose one of the Grimm tales as the main theme, and this year, it was the story of Frau Holle.
|Frau Holle fluffs her down pillow and makes it snow|
They also had reminders of several other fairy tales.
|The Frog Prince|
|Puss in Boots|
|The Brave Little Tailor|
Lia (Gabrielle's friend who was our travel companion/ translator for the day) took us to buy roasted almonds. They let us taste several kinds. They were all warm and sweet - some coated with sugar, others with rum, but Madison settled on buying the ones with Amaretto - a most excellent choice! But the air was more than a bit chilly, so it was time to warm up with some Glühwein (mulled wine).
|Lia, Gabrielle and moi warm up with Glühwein|
|2015 Frau Holle Mug|
|2015 Fairy Tale Christmas Market Kassel|
The sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Christmas come to life in this winter wonderland. The soft white lights that glowed from the stands, the decorations, and the trees combined with the sound of carols set the festive mood.
|The ferris wheel|
|Madison is captivated by the market|
|Lia and Gabrielle|
|The Christmas Pyramid - a traditional German decoration|
|The lights of the market|
|Kassel at night|
|The Gingerbread House|
But the smells (and tastes!) are what I loved best. Bratwurst and other meats roasting on open fires, the sweet fragrance of warm almonds, freshly baked bread and flammkuchen mingled with the scent of anise, apples, and cinnamon.
|1/2 Meter Bratwurst (it was cut in half/doubled up to fit on the baguette)|
|Madison enjoys a Stokbrot (bread on a stick)|
|A bit of heaven - apple rings dipped in pancake batter then deep fried and covered with vanilla sauce|
Even though we missed being with Bill and Will on Thanksgiving, we couldn't be more thankful for our time together at the Kassel Weihnachtsmarkt. It was the perfect night!