Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate being home in England this Christmas – there’s Black Friday, the yearly Christmas TV dramas (who will die in Eastenders?) and I am a lot nearer to my family and friends. However, I can’t help but wish it looked just a bit more like Christmas here in London. Yes, there are the blinding light displays down every road that are certain to make sure Santa doesn’t miss anyone’s chimney, but there just seems to be something a bit more authentic about the way Europeans celebrate Christmas.
Montreux Christmas Market 2013.
In the past few years I have been to Zurich, Chamonix and Montreux, three towns famous for their Christmas markets. As well as all the gluehwein, stolen and fondue available to grab and go in the real winter wonderland, there is such a nice, peaceful vibe as you walk around. This is something London lacks. The mad crowds never seem to take a moment to breath.
Montreux Christmas Market.
Zurich Christmas Market.
Chamonix – a snow covered Chanel still manages to look stylish.
Zurich Christmas lights in the city.
I got to taste fondue a lot of times while in France, but my favourite place had to be in Geneva, at Plainpalais. This was just along the lake and they had the nicest view, cheesiest food and plenty of beer to go around. Plainpalais transformed itself come summer time, and that same restaurant served salads and cold beer, while everyone swam and sunbathed as the snow covered floor transformed into a fake beach.
We even got to make candles in Zurich. Unfortunately, mine wasn’t very good….
These were what they were supposed to look like…
Zurich – gluehwein.