Christmas in Chicago: Favorite holiday things to do
My favorite places in Europe to kick off the Christmas season My first time: England Christmas in London I’ll never forget our first European Christmas experience in London. We enthusiastically soaked up the festive decorations, lively pubs, busy shops, Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the traditional tree lighting…
A first-time visit to Nuremberg, Germany gave us an excellent introduction to the city’s historic past and festive holiday Christmas market.
Although Provence is more famous as a spring and summer travel destination, Mr. TWS and I discovered that December is a wonderful time to visit this region in the south of France, especially to experience its Christmas traditions and festivities.
Of all the Provençal Christmas traditions that Mr. TWS and I learned about during our France trip last December, the santons (“little saints”) impressed us the most. We came away with an appreciation for the art and craft of these clay figurines created by santonniers and for their importance in the culture as a tradition passed down through generations.
Christmas sweets have a key part in most cultures and Mr. TWS and I have indulged in many during our holiday travels. When we visited Provence last December, we had plenty to taste of what is certainly one of the most delicious of Christmas traditions in Provence, the 13 desserts.
Top things to do in Avignon and the Vaucluse area of Provence — especially in the off-season
A few of our favorite things to do in Paris, especially during the holiday season.