Monday, 21 December 2015

Cologne Christmas Markets: Part Two

Cologne Dom Cathedral NightPicking up where I left off in Part One of my latest travel diary, we left the beautiful Markt der Engel (Angel Market) during the early hours of the evening and made our way back to the Hilton Hotel Cologne to freshen up and drop off various shopping bags before heading out again!  On this final evening, we met up with some of our British relatives who were visiting the lively city at the same time.  We chose to meet outside the illuminated gates of Heimat der Heinzel, an extensive Christmas market located eight minutes away from Cologne Cathedral.  Why?  Because it's one of the most lively markets in Cologne and come night-time, it buzzes.

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cologne christmas decorations heartsIt's probably a good job the photo above of yours truly is out of focus, or else you'd all be able to see the glint in my eye when tucking into a stick of pork.  Funnily enough, at home I'm not much of a meat-eater, however transport me to a new location and you'll find me tucking into every variation of meat within a five mile radius!  Food aside, it was so lovely meeting our relatives out there and as always, simultaneously it felt kind of surreal.  It's so easy to pigeon-hole people and imagine them only in specific locations, and yet there we all were catching up and telling jokes in the middle of a German Christmas market.  It was a special moment, for sure.

Travel tip: if you're in a group, take your food to the outskirts of the markets before diving back in - it's the only option available that doesn't involve bumping into everyone!         
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Leather Jacket - Clements Ribeiro

Hat - Boutique

Snood - Boutique

Cashmere Jumper - Gift


The next morning I packed my suitcase and tidied the hotel room (anyone else do that before leaving?), took a quick photo of the cosy bar area found near the foyer of the Hilton Cologne and took my case down to the underground car park to meet my family.  We had some time to kill before our journey home and so took the opportunity to return to the market visited late the night before.  The vibe was so different in daylight, though provided the perfect ambience for a calm meander through the stretch of the market to do some last-minute gift shopping!
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The ice-skating feature at this market is a brilliant one.  I mean, sure, I can't step on ice without ending up in hospital (three times and counting), however I can still appreciate how great they look!  It's easy to lose yourself for hours on the bridge overlooking the ice-skaters down below, watching people glide up and down and of course some falling down over and over again!  As I was standing on the bridge surrounded by laughter and cheerful faces, it really dawned on me how fortunate I was to be there - it's funny how travel will do that.  Funny and very, very nice.
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visitor cologne markets 2015To end our annual family trip to Cologne, we spent one last hour at the market sitting next to Cologne Cathedral before taking a quiet stroll through the cathedral itself.  There was a service taking place at the time and there were hundreds of people gathering at the back of the building, nevertheless at that time it still felt as though there could be no calmer place on Earth.  Anyway, a couple of lit candles later, we reluctantly walked back to our car parked beneath the hotel and began the journey home.  Sigh.    
cologne cathedral christmas market 2015
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cologne cathedral 2015Well, I hope you've enjoyed the second and final part of my Cologne Christmas Markets travel diary - I've certainly had fun reliving the days spent in the German city this year!  Oh and now that we're only four days away from Christmas Day, it feels entirely appropriate to say... Merry Christmas!!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Simply stunning photos !! Thanks for sharing Gabrielle !!
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
    Nina
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    1. You're very welcome, so pleased you've enjoyed this travel diary Nina!

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  2. Cologne is such a spectacular place, my gosh the markets are beautiful <3! I love your bobble hat, and you look incredibel Gabrielle!

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas :)

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    1. Cologne is undoubtedly spectacular come the festive season! Thanks Serene, I bought it at a boutique last year.

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  3. I knew you would enjoy the Angel Market! You totally look like an angel with your gorgeous blonde hair, Gabrielle. :) I also enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas markets on the evenings the most, so cozy. Happy it was all in all a fun trip for you and your family, dear!

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    1. The Angel Market truly is incredible, something everyone should experience at least once! Thank you so much Ira, you're far too kind :)

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  4. So cool place ! like the skte rink ;)
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    1. Mm, it was fun to watch!

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  5. Cologne looks so gorgeous!! I love your photos!

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  6. Lots of people seem to be posting about this place & it makes want to see it so badly! It looks like heaps of fun. I wish there was something like that here!

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    1. Cologne has started appearing in travel lists for the best places to visit come Christmas - and I can understand why!!

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  7. I love christmas markets! We have one too but I didn't get to go this year. But at least seeing your pics made up for it xo
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    1. I'm glad to hear that Olivia!

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  8. This looks like such a fun adventure! Such amazing pictures, hope your enjoying the holiday season! :)
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    1. Thank you - I hope you're having a wonderfully relaxing time!

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  9. Your hat is so gorgeous. I love these posts so much, beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you, it's one of my favourites!

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  10. Beautiful photos! It all looks so magical! You look amazing.

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    1. Thanks a million Stephanie!

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  11. So beautiful, just incredible!

    God bless,

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  12. Gorgeous! I love Christmas markets and it's definitively on my list to visit the Cologne Christmas Market one day - now I wanna go even more ;) Great pictures!
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    1. That's brilliant, be sure to keep it on your 'to visit' list until you've experienced one - I've no doubt you'll love these Christmas markets!!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. You tucking into that stick of pork has got to be one of the best things I've seen. Loved how they had the ice skating feature as well, I always want to ice skate but every time I do I just worry I'm going to fall over and someone will skate over my fingers and slice them off! Clearly I've given that too much thought, haha

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    1. It was beyond delicious - I'd never tried an entire stick of pork before! Haha I love how I'm not the only one who has that (admittedly.. probably irrational) fear! ;)

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  14. Such gorgeous photos! I wish I was there, seeing and experiencing it all for real.
    Haha I don't tidy up before leaving hotels, what I do is try to pack up every complimentary thing I can find hahaha
    You look so pretty in the photos, your eyes just pop

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    1. It was a fantastic trip, that's for sure! Oh thank you, that's so sweet of you to say Andrea :)

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  15. This place is soo festive and beautiful! The ice skating looks awesome - I wish we had something like this in Seattle!

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    1. I hope something like this comes to Seattle for you ready for next year!

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  16. This post is just gorgeous! I've got serious travel envy, wow. I love this! Such a wonderful post!

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    1. Haha I often get travel envy through reading other people's travel diaries too!

      Merry Christmas!

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  17. Awww that place is a dream! I love Christmas markets! We have a German here and I really love it! Beautiful pictures Gabrielle! And you are more than stunning! Happy Holidays!
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    1. You and me both, Christmas markets are one of the best things about this time of year! Thank you!

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  18. Cologne is a place to visit for sure! That cathedral is splendid....and how cute are you with that beanie! fabulous casual styling.... you look stunning!!!

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    1. Cologne Cathedral is one of my favourite buildings in Europe, most definitely!

      Thank you Ivana :)

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  19. I have been to Cologne in Summer time! Christmas seems like the best time to be in Germany! I love the beanie!!!!
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    1. Cologne during the summer must be lovely too, I'll have to experience that one year for myself!

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  20. I think that's definitely one of the best parts about travel; it makes you cherish the fortunate luck you have to actually be at a specific location. I don't travel often, but when I do, that's perhaps the most overwhelming feeling I get every time.

    That said, the market really does look like it buzzes, Gabrielle, and you've taken lovely photographs, too!

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

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    1. I'm so glad you think so too; travel really does remind you of how lucky you are. Thanks for your compliment on my photography May :)

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  21. I always really enjoy your travel guides and this one made me want to visit some German markets PRONTO! They just look like you literally breathe Christmas spirit :) The photography of that grand cathedral is absolutely stunning! And you are looking as beautiful as ever in your cute bobble hat!

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas!


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    1. I'm so pleased to hear that Rachel! I'm a bit of a Christmas-fanatic, there's no denying it ;)

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  22. Beautiful shots. I always enjoyed looking at your fabulous photos in every post. And I really love your self portrait. You absolutely look so gorgeous. You really have beautiful blue eyes. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your lovely ones.
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    1. Thank you Liza, you're far too kind - you've made my day! Merry Christmas!!

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  23. Beautiful photos. They've made me feel soooooooooo festive! ...And also really hungry!

    Have a lovely Christmas pretty lady.
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  24. Cute photos :)

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  25. I loved reading about your trip! Your photos are amazing! I love that jacket as well! The green really adds a cool pop of color to the jacket! I agree that it was probably best that you didn't go ice skating haha!:)

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    1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this travel diary Shannon. I love the green lapels of this leather jacket too!

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  26. This post was so so gorgeous! All of the photos are so amazing, I loved reading about your trip. Sounds like you had an amazing time. So christmassy and gorgeous x
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    1. Thank you Christie, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this travel diary :)

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  27. Incredibly gorgeous!
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  29. Beautiful photos Gabrielle! Looks like you had a great time!:)Thanks for sharing!
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  30. Beautiful photos. The place looks lovely
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  31. It looks like you are having a ball - my friend just came back from Cologne and she said it was phenomenal!
    🎄 🎅 ⛄️ Happy holidays! :)
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    1. How funny, I may well have walked past your friend without even knowing! haha ;)

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  32. wow - so stunning pictures dear. You have so so nice hat :-)

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    1. Thanks Karolina, I love this hat so much!

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  33. The church photographed really does have the WOW factor! How stunning I would love to visit there and I can only imagine how stunning a Christmas service there would be *chills on arms* :)

    Lovely post and very festive! I haven't visited Cologne before but I would really love to visit one day!

    It looks so beautiful and your photographs have brought a taste of Cologne right to my laptop screen so I'm experiencing it a little bit here in my living room ;)

    Holiday hugs!!

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    1. Cologne Cathedral is one of my favourite places in Europe and the sound of the organ inside is breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you and I'm so pleased to be able to bring Cologne to you, Laura :)

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  34. It's posts like this that make me really want to live in a city! All of your photos are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Sarah and yes, cities certainly have their qualities!

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  35. your photos have the ability to make me live all the beauties I see. It seems i can feeel the Christmas joy and also some warmth even if I think is very cold. I like your camera bag, so chic.
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    1. That's such a wonderful thing to say, thank you Mari :)

      Gabrielle x

      ps. I picked up the camera case on Amazon!

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  36. Omg, so stunning + festive! Loving this!
    Happy holidays, lady!

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  37. What great photos! You look so pretty too. Your eyes are even one of the loveliest I've seen. :)

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    1. You're so kind, what a lovely thing to say!!

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  38. What a gorgeous cathedral! I love how majestic it is! Love your mug and your leather jacket is awesome. Also, those Christmas ornaments are the prettiest I've ever seen.
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    1. Cologne Cathedral really is 'majestic' as you say!

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  39. The whole atmosphere breathes charm and coziness... Beautiful photos!

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    1. So glad! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  40. Oh such a beautiful photos! I can feel Christmas spirit even through photos!

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  41. These two posts have been lovely to read and your photos are stunning Gabrielle, I especially love the sights inside the cathedral and the warm glow of the lights on the market stalls. Lovely! - Tasha

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed this travel diary Natasha - I've loved sharing it!

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  42. Great post and blog!! You're very beautiful ♥

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  43. This place looks so beautiful!! I'd absolutely love to go there some day and it also seem like the perfect place to visit with family and relativas too! And i completely understand you with the ice-skating, haha, not my strong suit either! ;)

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    1. I really hope you find yourself there at some point in the future- and with family too! Haha yeah, ice-skating is best left to those who don't fall over every two minutes ;)

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  44. What a lovely post! Christmas markets are just the absolute best!

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    1. Thank you - I completely agree, Christmas markets are amazing!

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  45. I can't get over how beautiful this is! Everything is SO festive and lovely!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much Aleczandra!!

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  46. Amazing photos! The hat is just so cute!

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    1. Thank you! I can't get enough of pom pom hats these days!

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  47. Great shots! It was a fun read!!

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  48. Markets are Christmas. They're so festive. All the people, the food, the Christmassy smell. I love them so much. But in my city they're not so pretty :( this is amazing!!

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    1. I'm so glad you feel the same way, everything is magical about them! Ah, sorry to hear that - I hope some decent ones come to your city soon :)

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  49. The food looks delicious and your beanie looks so cozy! Gorgeous as always.

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    1. The food there was incredible!!

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  50. Thanks to you I'm officially adding Cologne around the holidays to my travel bucket list! Holiday markets are such a fun and festive way to get into the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Gabrielle!

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    1. Yay! Be sure to keep it on your travel list until you visit - I've no doubt you'll love it there (and take amazing photos!) :)

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  51. Loved Part 2, hon! I totally agree with you: there is such a different vibe about Christmas markets during the day, and it's nice to enjoy them both at daylight & night.
    You look so funny in the meat-eating pic, girlie. Guess what, I am exactly the same! Not a massive meat-eater at home, yet the moment we travel - well, hello beef! lol
    I also tidy up the hotel room before checking out. Just a nice little habit.
    You look lovely! So glad you enjoyed this family trip, Gabrielle. And yay to a new friendship ;)
    p.s. I mentioned you in my last post briefly <3
    Merry Christmas, sweetie!
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    1. Mm, Christmas markets are so different depending on the time of day - you get the best of both worlds! Haha yeah, the pork stick was de-lic-ious ;) It's nice to know someone else tidies up their hotel room before leaving and thank you so much for this lovely message!

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  52. I should move to Cologne during the entire month of December, haha, it looks dreamy! These photos are both adorable and beautiful, especially the ones with all the Christmas lights.
    Merry Christmas to you too, lovely!

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    1. I feel the same way - let's pack our suitcases ready for next year!

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  53. beautiful photos! that place looks amazing

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  54. Gabrielle, you are just gorgeous! I love the festive pictures you have taken in the Christmas Markets of Cologne.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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  55. Great photos! Cologne looks amazing! Hope you had great fun dear!
    Hugs,
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  56. Wow darling! Amazing pics!! Such a marvellous atmosphere!
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  57. Looks a lot of fun.
    I'm lovin your beanie, the end matches your hair color.
    This seems to be a perfect Christmas to travel on.

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    1. Haha good spot Zarrah ;) I had a wonderfully festive trip to Cologne - I can't wait for next year's trip now!

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  58. So beautiful pictures Gabrielle. Cologne seems a really marvelous city and you had a perfect outfit for these moments!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,
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    1. Thank you so much Eni, I appreciate you saying so!

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  59. So so so wonderful! It's such a perfect way to get into Christmas sprit and also find a few gorgeous things. Merry Christmas, Gabrielle! x

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    1. Absolutely! The range of gifts available at the stalls is brilliant, though just being there is exciting enough :)

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  60. Your hat really suits you - I tend to watch the ice skaters rather than skate myself, too!

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  61. Hey hun,
    thank you so much for the lovely words!
    Actually I LOVE Graffiti, it makes every look...Spezial! :D
    what a lovely post my dear
    and thanks so much for the comment
    lovely :)
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    1. Hey Amely... not too sure what you mean by graffiti - though thanks for stopping by!


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  62. Wow it looks amazing, lovely photos! traveling really is one of the best things ever, to see new places and different cultures really changes your perspective on life!
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  63. lovely photos :) looks like you had a great time there. Merry Christmas <3

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  64. It looks like you had such an amazing time!! The European Christmas markets are simply magical!Every little booth is a handmade trinket or tasty treat! Glad you had fun! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Europe really does have some incredible Christmas markets - I plan to visit many, many more in the future!

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  65. I definitely have to visit cologne Christmas markets one day!
    On nighttime is really wonderful, but even in daytime worth it!
    beautiful photos! :D
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  66. Love your pictures! From the looks of it you had a wonderful time <3
    Merry Christmas, I enjoyed your travel diary very much :)

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  67. It was such a pleasure to read your travel diary :) I'm glad you had a wonderful time, Gabrielle :) Merry Christmas! xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this travel diary :) Merry Christmas!

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  68. I love your travel diary! What's that you were eating on a stick?
    Your pics are lovely although you say they are out of focus.
    The inside of Cologne Cathedral is as stunning as the outside.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xx

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    1. I was eating pork chunks on a stick (the one out of focus) - delicious! Thank you, I hope you had a lovely Christmas :)

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  69. This is such a lovely post! I enjoyed reading. Happy holidays!

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  70. Germany truly has amazing Christmas markets! Your beautiful pictures only prove it! The atmosphere is alms most touchable!
    Merry Christmas Gabreille!
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  71. You are so pretty! Lovely pics, Gabrielle!

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  72. Gorgeous post ! I am in love with that hat, I have one very similar and I can't stop wearing it. Your jacket is also amazing <3 Looks like so much fun, and I agree I went to my Christmas market during the day as well and it was such a different vibe !

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    1. I know the feeling, I adore this pom pom style hat! Ah, Christmas markets have such different atmospheres depending on what time of day you visit :)

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  73. What a lovely Cathedral
    I love all those amazing lights
    and of course all those yummy treats.
    You look gorgeous in all those pics.

    Happy Holidays ♥

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  74. I've been to Cologne once (not during Christmas time though) and the area around the cathedral is pretty and the building itself impressive. I can imagine the markets to be magical. My parents and I usually go to Leipzig and Dresden as they are both one of the oldest markets in Germany. Merry Christmas Gabrielle x

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    1. Cologne Cathedral takes my breath away every single time! The markets really are beautiful :)

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  75. What lovely photos - they catch the Christmas atmosphere in Cologne perfectly!
    Each year we visit the Christmas market in Flensburg, a town in Northern Germany. It is such a wonderful Christmas tradition.

    Wish you a Merry Christmas :-)
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    1. Thank you Sine, so glad you think so! That sounds magical, I've no doubt it's beautifully festive :)

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  76. Beautiful photos! Cologne looks lovely and you look so pretty in the photos :) xx

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  77. Hi gabrielle, your photos are stunning. I can clearly feel the christmassy vibe looking through your photos! Happy holiday! <3

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  78. Looks like u r having the BESSST Christmas! Just lovin' your holiday outfits babe! Wanted to wish u a happy happy NEW YEAR!!!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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    1. I had a fabulous Christmas and thank you! I hope 2016 has started well for you so far :)

      Gabrielle x

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  79. It's my dream to visit a European Christmas market someday. Although, I'm sure I'll come home with too many Christmas ornaments and decorations!

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

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    1. I really hope you find yourself wandering through a Christmas market in Europe in the near future Jessica :)

      Gabrielle x

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  80. I love all of the photos! I can't believe that christmas is over, I hope you had a lovely new year :)

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    1. You and me both - only 12 months until next though, right?! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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