Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Music and Light…

001_Rothenburg o. T. inner city wall towerWe arrived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber at sunset. We quickly checked into the Hotel Linde and followed the road to the first city gate which pointed the way to the main gate into the old city.

002_Clementines from SpainChristmas without Clementines would have been unthinkable without these juicy treats when I grew up in Germany. I captured this box, filled with sweet smelling oranges just outside the door of the greengrocer along the way to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber market square.

003_NutcrackerA life size nut cracker in the doorway of a local restaurant invited us to slow down and take note.

004_Rothenburg o. T. Christmas MarketLong before we reached the square we heard the music: “Jingle Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” – the Hawaiian Christmas Carol made famous by Bing Crosby… My immediate thought was “What is German about these songs?” According to the choir conductor, the Christmas Market was geared toward the American visitors on Monday night. We didn’t stick around another day to find out if the program would be the same… I prefer to think that more German Christmas Carols would find their way back to this historic Christmas Market in the a market town established during Roman times.

005_City Tour optionThe square was crowded with little room to see anything. I diverted my attention to the surrounding buildings and activities. An old car was all decked out to take tourists on short guided tours.

006_Merry ChristmasShop windows glowed and drew attention to various decorations.

007_Look up - Way upWindows and dormers illuminated…

008_Fine Christmas Baking…and seasonal booths filled with tasty treats.

009_Zwetschgen MandlnI soon caught a glimpse of another childhood memory… Zwetschgenmandl! These small figurines are crafted from a walnut for the head and several dried prunes fastened together with wire. These figures are then dressed with regional and historical dresses and hats.

010_Oh come All Ye FaithfulLive music is always a draw for visitors. Around the corner we finally found some more traditional entertainment…

011_Childrens Fun… and around another corner crowds of children were waiting their turn on the Merry Go Round.

011a_Let there be lightBooths were filled with colorful illuminated stars…

012_All that glitters…and hand blown glass ornaments glistened in the spotlight.

013_High AboveThe Kaethe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store beckoned with its seasonally decorated window displays. These little angels are made from wood and are carefully painted with faces and other details. They hail from Thuringia, the former East Germany.

014_Oh Christmas tree

I usually avoid Christmas themed stores, especially during the other eleven months of the year. On Monday we could not resist – a white Christmas tree drew us in just to admire the individual hand blown glass ornaments and tiny fairy lights.

015_Take your pickNutcracker displays filled one entire area of the store and would make it difficult to reach a decision to purchase.

016_Once the crowds leave...Our brief excursion in the Christmas Store in warm jackets soon had us escape to the mild winter temperatures outside where we discovered that the crowds had cleared. A quick circle around the booths filled with decorations, food and gifts concluded our visit.

017_Back to the hotelThe road leading to the city wall was nearly deserted. It looked and felt like midnight – it was only 7 pm.

018_Starry NightWe fell onto bed early with visions of sugar plum fairies guiding our dreams…. All that made up a little for the disappointment over the lack of German tradition and how commercialized this Christmas market has become!

But I won’t despair – there is more to come as we make our way to Bavaria and Austria…

 

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17 thoughts on “Music and Light…

  1. Merry Christmas Anna. Thank you for letting us holiday along with you. No snow, 90mms of rain scheduled for Christmas Day, being out the brollies

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  2. Beautiful Anna. Took me back in time.

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  3. What a wonderful experience you’ve shared with us. Thank you for the great photos.

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  4. Dorothy on said:

    What great pictures! And no snow? I would like to add my name to the list for next year’s art quilt camp. I had hesitated because I have had gall bladder problems (which had started last June) but today I get to see the surgeon. I have been on a very low-fat diet since Sept and lost a lot of weight (good thing) but can’t eat cheese or sausage or cream or chocolate or nuts or….(bad thing). I wasn’t sure what I could eat at St. Peter’s. I’ll figure it out. Dorothy Boran

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  5. Helene Blanchet on said:

    Beautiful! You’re photos are so enchanting!

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  6. quiltmaze on said:

    The problem with growing up, we don’t want time to stand still except for those fantastic childhood memories. Enjoy your homeland for all the memories and all the changes. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Elinor Burwash Designs on said:

    Anna, the photos are spectacular, as usual, you have captured an ambience that is sumptuous. It would take me a long time to see what you have captured as each scene would have to be savoured; textures and colour absorbed. I wish I was there. Christmas is obviously the perfect time to go.

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