Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas markets

I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but here in Europe Christmas Markets are really big business. Nearly every town that counts has one nowadays, here in our country, in the Netherlands, in Great-Britain, in Germany....

I went to the first one when I was living in Germany. I saw the Weihnachtsmarkt in Cologne and Dusseldorf, also that in Aachen. Glühwein, roasted chestnuts, cider, apples with a coating of chocolate, cookies galore, ... And when there's a bit of snow it's even cosier.

Here in Flanders the Glühwein (warm spiced wine) is present, but far more popular is the jenever. That's a sort of gin but only made in Belgium and Holland. The best jenever comes from Hasselt, where they even have a Jenever Museum. You have straight jenever, which is best drunk ice cold and without added water, but it also comes with flavors of lemon, strawberry, up to chocolate!

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