Later in this post: A visit to the Christmas markets in Mulhouse and Montbéliard!
For the Christmas holidays, we made our way down to J’s parents’ in Bourguignon, Franche-Comté. As predicted, the week and a half was filled with lots of food, wine, and of course, family. Just to give you an idea, we had a raclette three times in a week’s time. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve had our fill for this season.
For Christmas Eve, to go along with the massive amounts of food for dinner (though I sit out on a few courses – foie gras and escargots – giving my poor stomach a break. I don’t have the dexterity of the French yet), we picked up two bûches de Noël from our favorite place there Julien Patisserie. He’s the one who made our wedding cake. One was made with mango, passion fruit, and raspberries, and the other was chocolate and coffee flavored. They were both amazingly delicious.
We were spoiled for Christmas this year with a very nice new vacuum cleaner, cheese box (this is France!), wine, chocolate, and other goodies. J gave me with a Kindle which is so cool! It didn’t take me long to start reading.
It also snowed while we were down there. Elliot adored the snow! It was our first time with him in the snow (it never snowed last year) so we weren’t sure how he’d react. I’ll share some photos/videos of him enjoying it next time.
I love Christmas markets. Lille’s is so so small and sad and visiting the one in Ypres wasn’t enough for me.
We decided to take a drive to the one in Mulhouse which is just an hour away from Bourguignon. It was definitely my favorite one this year. Even though it was right before Christmas, it wasn’t crowded, allowing us to meander around at our own speed and actually look at what they had to offer. Maybe it’s just me, but I found it far less commercialized than other big Christmas markets.
We also returned to the one in Montbéliard, and unlike the last time, I didn’t forget to take some pictures.
So now, I’ll leave you with some photos from the two Christmas markets.
Marché de Noël de Mulhouse
Us at the market
Weird statue (Work of art?)
Marché de Noël de Montbéliard
Cookies that are made in the area – so delicious! We always stock up when visiting J’s parents.
Santa made an appearance.
These animated bears were rocking out to Christmas music.
How was your Christmas?
Happy New Year! Here’s to 2015!