Have you ever got to the airport not knowing where you’ll be touching down at the end of the flight? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago when I went on a weekend away with WowTrip who organise surprise city breaks in Europe. For someone who organises corporate group travel months in advance this kind of blew my mind but I rolled with it and had a blast. Our surprise destination was a weekend in Cologne, Germany.
December’s arrived and with it comes an extra crispness in the air, evenings in front of the log-burner and a festive feeling that’s fast sneaking up on us. Thoughts are turning to Christmas and, if I could, I’d be heading to Europe to soak up some authentic yuletide atmosphere in a traditional Christmas market. Lebkuchen biscuits, Glühwein and schnapps spring to mind and with them my Lebkuchen recipe.
The medieval towns do it best; Christmas time in Bruges is magical and Vienna’s on my wish list but Munich is home to my favourite Christmas market. Or, as the Germans would say, ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’.