A Christmas Market

Well yesterday, like just about every Sunday, was busy. I had so much planned, but didn’t get everything done that I had wanted to (like make much progress on my quilt). Nevertheless, I did have a lot of fun.

Being it was the first of Advent, my friend and I decided to celebrate the start of the Christmas season by visiting the Wiehnacht-Tobel Christmas Market in canton Appenzell. When she first told me that she had never been to a Christmas market, I knew this is where I wanted to take her.

Wiehnacht is a tiny village, built steep into a hill, high over Lake Constance.  It was a beautiful sunny day and so we could really enjoy the amazing views of the snow covered mountains around us and down onto the Rhein Valley.

Stretching through the whole village and surrounded by traditional wooden houses, the market really has the charm many of the larger Christmas markets, I’ve been to, don’t. There are many different stands from local artisans and different local charities selling a variety of jewelry, gifts and home décor items, as well as local cheeses and smoked meats.

Of course I didn’t go home empty handed, and am now the happy owner of two pretty lanterns and some unique Christmas decorations, not to mention a few tiny gifts. My favorite part was the barn which must be a converted antique shop, but as it was jam packed with people, I neither got to take pictures in there, nor actually buy anything. When I got upstairs I realized why it was so popular: there was pumpkin soup and Prosecco on offer!

Back home, I got to Skype with my sister, who was able to tell me exactly what my problem was with uploading photos. So hopefully it will work now! Hope you enjoy the photos!

Jodie

This stand had some beautiful pottery and yummy looking cupcakes!

This stand had some beautiful pottery and yummy looking cupcakes!

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Cute Guardian Angels!

Cute Guardian Angels!

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A Lot of the houses were beautifully decorated!

A Lot of the houses were beautifully decorated!

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This stand had these pretty knitted balls

This stand had these pretty knitted balls.

Garden Ornaments

Garden Ornaments

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