Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unusual Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Hamelin, Germany

I am sharing a special treat today from another traveler and author, Carrie Buchert, who shares her favorites off the beaten path discovering Christmas Festivities in the streets of this small town community, Hamelin, Germany, full of holiday spirit. 

Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany 
By Carrie Buchert, Author 

The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German Christmas markets can you step back in time and experience what Christmas used to be.

Hamelin is a small German town that’s nestled in the heart of the Weser Mountains. Its beauty and charm originally inspired the Brothers Grimm to write the tale of the Pied Piper and today that medieval spark remains with over 70 wooden huts clustered in the market around the Wedding House. This is the Old Quarter where restored timber houses and cobbled streets seem untouched by modern invention.


Image by Deutsche Märchenstraße e.V.  Germany National Tourist Board
This Christmas market experience is much smaller than those in Munich, Dresden, or Nuremberg because the town itself is more compact and serene. This means that visitors can have a more authentic experience and receive a little more attention than in the areas that entice more tourists. There’s only one Christmas market in Hamelin, compared to the 60 markets in Berlin, but this translates to less competition for pricing and more camaraderie between shops.

Hamelin stands out as hosting one of the most kid friendly Christmas markets across Germany, partly because of its size and location in a smaller, friendlier town. A live Nativity scene with real animals sits near a Christmas pyramid, though modest in size, and visitors are welcome to walk up to pet livestock and interact with the scene.




Image by: Dirk Topel Kommunikation GmbH, owned by
Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V

 Visitors should be sure to save room for dinner as they explore the market because there are snacks, desserts, and mouth-watering delicacies around every corner. One Hamelin vendor is famous for the open-pit roasted chestnuts and you simply cannot wander the market without a glass of mulled wine.


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Thank you Carrie Buchert, for sharing your secrets of this special German community!  I have fun learning about how everyday is a holiday at Carrie's blog, www.carriebuchert.wordpress.com.   

And be sure to find the new home for Carrie's musings about holidays at  Always a Holiday
  
Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  I am anxiously waiting for my December vacation coming soon.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me today

What is your favorite German Christmas Market? Tell us in your comments!

I am getting anxious. Let's go on vacation! The Fun Tour Guru


Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share about the unusual insights through Germany.

Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  All we have to do is pack our bags and go.  We are looking for more fun travelers, small group 10-15, to share this extraordinary vacation in December. We depart December 4 to see the German Christmas Markets and there is still availability to come with us.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me now.

I am getting anxious. Let's go! ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share. - See more at: http://www.funtourguru.com/2014/07/a-vacation-to-german-christmas-markets.html#sthash.HIkS68Si.dpuf
Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  All we have to do is pack our bags and go.  We are looking for more fun travelers, small group 10-15, to share this extraordinary vacation in December. We depart December 4 to see the German Christmas Markets and there is still availability to come with us.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me now.

I am getting anxious. Let's go! ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share. - See more at: http://www.funtourguru.com/2014/07/a-vacation-to-german-christmas-markets.html#sthash.SNEqbT23.dpuf





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Day at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Hangar One, Mountain View CA

In the middle of our region - between the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, Google Headquarters and the Computer History Museum is another Silicon Valley landmark we pass by every day on Highway 101 that is currently going through transition. 


From my Silicon Valley archives ... 2001 to 2003 DWest

Yesterday I asked the question about this familiar landmark we pass by daily and I received this fun answer from the actual "landmark".   Perhaps buildings do talk!



Hangar One at Moffett Field.   

It is bare right now as it is receiving a new face. This is one of our treasured symbols that combine the Bay Area and World War II.  Yes, I went on this base several years ago and I have even been inside Hangar One for fun exhibits during the Blue Angels fly over on various Fourth of July holidays.  What was the purpose of this landmark? Why here? 

Saving Hangar One in Mountain View CA Courtesy of DWest

To find the answers to these questions, a fun place to visit now is the
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

The Museum at Moffett Field by DWest
 
Driving on the Base, I was greeted by an attendant who asked me for my identification and reason for coming.  I said I was visiting the History Museum; the attendant gave me easy directions to drive on base a short distance away, and I found the Museum right next to Hangar One. 

My pictures are good to show you, let me tell that it is the stories from these Volunteers that really make this era come alive because they share from their own personal accounts.  And, they unveil and welcome new stories from visitors all of the time.  Many visitors who have experiences on this base from many years ago. 


Of course I was absolutely fascinated by the large display dedicated to women who served the Navy, especially the WAVES!

There is a $8 donation, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. (hours and days may change) and I would definitely call in advance to schedule a docent tour from these volunteers. Each volunteer's story is unusual and personal .  The Moffett Field Historical Society Museum website has quite a bit of information to absorb as you do your research.   


I am sharing these highlights. 


Listening to our Docent Courtesy of DWest

iPhone Picture DWest


iPhone Picture DWest

iPhone Picture
One day, things to do in Silicon Valley ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Busy, busy active planning vacations this year.  It is fun to go together, Lighthouse Travel & Tours.  Ask about our vacation group.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Santa Clara CA: INSIDE Levi's Stadium at 49ers Fan Fest

News in Silicon Valley

I am excited about the opening of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. If you have been following me, you know I wrote this story with several pictures of the stadium building in progress.  

I am inside!  Wowza!




I was one of the lucky winners to go to the Fan Fest on Friday evening, August 15, along with about 10,000 people to get a sneak preview and watch the 49ers practice during training camp. 

'Santa Clara Day'

Thank you to Levi’s Stadium, 49ers, and Santa Clara! I am sure the actual game experience is fantastic, to be a part of the Training Camp practice up close and see the players and coaches in their new digs is exceptional too.

It has been a fun adventure to watch the creation of this attraction which is less than 10 miles from where I reside this past couple of years.  
 
Will this be the FIN of my story or is it the beginning? 


It is a  fabulous experience inside the stadium (as promised) and very spacious (if you remember walking around Candlestick).  It is interesting to read what other fans are saying throughout this first football weekend when playing the Broncos.  

My tip for fans:  Yes, remember we are in the Southbay.  It is much warmer here than it is in San Francisco. Be sure to wear sun screen protection, sunglasses, hats, and bring/buy water.  



 It is all about the food experience today!




 

 Coach Harbaugh, time out for an autograph for a contest winner!


 Of course Intel is inside!  What do you expect from Silicon Valley?


  49ers accept the ALS ice water bucket challenge:

 


Practice: 



Do you recognize Gore?
Name the players?  I'll start with Kap.

You may get a better view of these pictures from my Flickr album. Pictures are candid, in the moment, AS A FAN! 

Yep, our Levi's Stadium is a big deal in Santa Clara! ~ The Fun Tour Guru 




Tag the players you recognize in your comments!