One of my friends said I spent more time in Germany than in Prague, which is not the case, but I do go to Germany or Austria several times a year, and I always visit Christmas markets in at least one city I haven't been to before. And I thought that especially my readers who don't live in the central Europe area might be interested in seeing them. We call Bautzen something like "Budishi:n" in Czech, in case you find that interesting. You don't? OK, let's move on. I'm posting the pics in the order I had them in my camera, so the order is more or less chronological. And I'm super lazy today, and my smart Czech readers speak English anyway, right? So, for once, I can get away with posting only in English, can't I?
Our first stop was an observation tower at Löbauer Berg. It was closed, which we found out after climbing on top of the steep, completely frozen Berg. Like, seriously, I expected an elevator up there, or at least some gravel on the road! Germany, what's happening to your carefulness? Anyway, I knew we were going to climb there. But I thought we were going to only climb the tower. So I wore my 9 cm heels. Most of the journey was quite OK, I mean, you can use the heels as ice axes, if you stomp real hard. But then we got to a very very steep part. That was pretty challenging, but I decided not to give up. While I was grumpily marching, looking probably like a pink grizzly bear, a guy walking a bit ahead of me slowed down, which I immediatelly decided was an attempt to be the first one to see me fall down and swish down the hill on my butt. I was totally surprised when he actually offered to hold my hand so that I DID NOT fall. No wonder I later discovered he was from Russia or Belarus (sorry, I can't tell the languages apart!). I mean, it's said that guys from these countries are muuuuch nicer and gentlemanly than Czechs. It was so nice of him! Shame on you, Czech men (not that you read this blog anyway), none of you helped me!
So, after climbing the hill (with a little bit of gentle help)...
Yeah! I can sleep anytime, anywhere. *Posted solely so that you get to see my frost-proof pink grizzly bear outfit*
Much later on, my mum caught me while I was trying to buy four almost identical pairs of shoes. She took a (very unflattering) pic of me to keep as evidence, so I had to give up 3 of them (I only bought the first pair).
Sick of the tower yet? No? OK, here you go!
The only meal I'd had during the whole day. Tempura German Style?
3, 2, 1... GO!
20 seconds later (OK, I'm gross, I know)
(And I had a happy meal later on, but I didn't eat the toy.)
This was so creepy, I literally got chills while taking the pictures. You glad I'm a masochist so that you can get chills too, right?
*Shrugs* On to more optimistic pictures! The stalls!
The shopping centre:
Some important buildings. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the simultaneous church. :(
These wooden sceneries are a typical German thing. I mean, this and Bratwurst.