Christmas in Europe // Vienna, Geneva, Wexford
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And while I am sad to be missing Christmas in Minnesota (for the third year in a row), Mathew and I have taken advantage of December in Europe and look forward to a quiet Christmas together.
After a celebratory trip home for our friends Katie and Nick’s wedding in early December we jetted back to Europe.
First stop: Vienna, Austria. Mathew and I had no organized plans for this adventure. But luckily, we were both in agreement that we wanted to catch up to the proper time zone (sleep), explore the beautiful Christmas markets (eat and drink), and drink loads of Austrian coffee. Our 48-hours in Vienna was a success, we completed everything on our list. Here is the photographic proof.
From Vienna, we flew to Geneva, Switzerland! I loved this city. Everything was so posh and sophisticated, plus they speak French, French automatically elevates any city for me. We spent the weekend with Mathew’s cousin and her husband. They are currently located there for her job. It was fun to connect with family and share stories about our similar circumstances. We enjoyed fondue and Old Town’s winter festival. It was a lovely winter weekend.
And after 16 nights away we finally returned to Wexford! Just in time to celebrate Christmas like a local. So many Irish emigrants return to Ireland for Christmas and it’s very noticeable. Shops and restaurants are packed, pubs are overflowing, and the hustle and bustle of the season rings true in Wexford. Or, the crowds could be credited to the nice weather, 50F/11C in December is a treat. Minced Pies are everywhere and I find myself indulging every time I spot them. The butcher even sells them, his wife hand makes them. At night the (indoor temperature controlled) ice skating rink opens and the city Christmas lights illuminate everywhere.
Pictured: wreath making with my dear friends, and a Christmas tree decorated inside the Main Street church.
It’s a beautiful time of year, and I am blessed to be here. Happy Holidays everyone!