Given that in a few days time I will be on my way to the tropical climate of Southern Florida, I wanted to experience a bit of White Christmas with all its romance, snow, and glitter. For a Christmas market,some holiday traditions and comfort food, no better place to go, I thought, than the south of … Read more
Over the past several years, we have accumulated quite the collection of festive Christmas and holiday articles here on Travel Belles. Due to their popularity, we thought that this year it would be a good idea to bring them to you all in one place! Additionally, I created the above video from my travels … Read more
Seattle in December, yes, really, days of sparkle and shine “Enjoy the weather; perfect for vampires,” a local friend says to me.”You’ll have to come back in the summer, when the weather’s beautiful.” I agree with her that I may just have to return in the summer. But truthfully, I’m just fine with the weather. … Read more
Remember when you were little, and that Christmas catalog or the toy store’s Christmas ad came out (you know the one, with more than 20 pages of TOYS)? Did you circle everything you wanted and dog-eared your favorite pages for Santa, like I did? Imagine doing that now, in person. That’s what our Christmas outing in San Francisco is like. Like children on a new playground, we wonder in amazement at everything around us.
Finally, everything you need to know about how to buy wine. Quick! Name one industry that has as many brands with similar-looking packages and similar tasting items as the wine industry. I think it’s virtually impossible. I’m not sure how things worked out this way, but unlike shopping for hand soap or cookies, shopping for … Read more
Memories of Christmas traditions in Italy from an American living in Rome When I’m shopping in Seattle in mid-October and the red poinsettias in their foil-covered pots are already on display for shoppers who want to skip Halloween and Thanksgiving, I think back to Christmas celebrations in Rome which didn’t begin until mid-December. No endless … Read more
Uncovering the Vienna Christmas Markets I first discovered that Europe offered Christmas markets by accident while in Munich when I, a self- proclaimed travel virgin, asked a pedestrian in Munich why Marienplatz was full of little wooden stalls. To be honest, it wasn’t really curiosity that piqued my interest; I was more upset about these … Read more
Last week you were introduced to a few of Europe’s most shady Christmas characters. This week to prove that societal inflicted anxiety that accompanies many Christmas traditions does not stop with the efforts of a few ugly paternal types whose existence plays bad cop to Santa Claus’s good, we bring you a few female holiday heavies.
Vienna, Austria, has always been amongst my favorite capitals especially because it is very close to Hungary, and easy for me to get there. But I had never visited this wonderful city during Advent. Finally last Saturday I did. The weather was cold and snowy, but this did not dissuade me from looking around and discovering the city and its beautiful Christmas markets.