Tagged with Christmas

Cairns-mas! Festive in FNQ

Cairns-mas! Festive in FNQ

My first Christmas in Cairns in five years! My first Australian summer in almost as long. It’s safe to say I was unpleasantly hot, sweaty and swollen but equally as excited, relaxed and melancholic to spend a week of holidays in my old hometown. I went through a range of feelings while in Cairns; nostalgia, confusion, … Continue reading

Danish Christmas at the Tivoli

Danish Christmas at the Tivoli

Also known as the weekend I put on approximately 5kg in one evening. My blogging hiatus is over and this post is a throwback to my first experience of Scandinavian Christmas dinner. I’m still unsure if our dinner at the Relsteds’ was representative of all Danes’ Christmas traditions or just those of my friend’s family but let me … Continue reading

The 12 Days of Eatmas

The 12 Days of Eatmas

Ohhh so this is why all my clothes currently feel like they are trying to strangle me. Welcome to the highlights of our Christmas in Europe, n.b. it’s mostly food. More posts with bigger photos to follow! On the first day of Eatmas my food love made me eat… 25th December: A glorious, classy, home made feast of duck, pork, potatoes, … Continue reading

Noël en Alsace

Noël en Alsace

Things rarely go to plan when travelling at Christmas time, do they? Particularly in a country that takes its jours fériés very seriously and when a dependency on fluffy, white snow is vital to the holiday activities. The choice to go to the Alsace region in France, which runs along the German border, seemed to me … Continue reading

London Winter Special

London Winter Special

Although I’m not going to be in London for Christmas, I feel that I have been enjoying the festive season for some time now; we are submerged in commercial festive cheer. It seems like an age that there have been Christmas specials in all the shops but recently the Christmas trees started appearing on my … Continue reading

A Trip to Old Trafford

A Trip to Old Trafford

So I went to Manchester for the Rugby League World Cup.  Despite being a massive Oasis fan, I originally thought there was not much for me in Manchester to be honest…no castle, no gourmet, lots of football hooligans, no cats (probably, seeing as they don’t like football). But I was pleasantly surprised on many levels. Firstly I … Continue reading

Chocolate, beer and mussels…

Chocolate, beer and mussels…

No prizes for guessing where I went this weekend. It only took us three hours to get the Eurostar to Bruges, Belgium for a mini break. It is yummy, as is well documented by most people. It is a beautiful, medieval, canal city, also a well known story. But I really liked how simple everything … Continue reading

EuroChristmas

EuroChristmas

Mulled Wine:  Persimmons (fruit of Christmas!): Two weeks of Christmas holidays, four countries, snow, beach, pastries galore, castles, cocktails and rendez-vous with my favourite people. Thank you Lord for landing me in Europe! Christmas in Budapest – gulash, snow and icy toes! While Western Europe sweltered in unprecedented December double digits, Naomi and I got … Continue reading

The BUZZ

The BUZZ

Linguistic confusion:   Gastronomic contentedness:  And by buzz I mean of course the hum of Christmas. I particularly love the glow on the little children’s faces when…bahaha nearly had you. I just love the pastries. I must say, in my own profound words, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Toys in every store…toys in … Continue reading

Christmas Markets, cousins and course du canal…

Christmas Markets, cousins and course du canal…

Linguistic confusion:  Gastronomic contentedness:  And so with some bilingual, alliterative word-smithery I have drawn you in to yet another fortnight of life in Périgood. It has been an absolute blurrrrr. It started with my first Thanksgiving feast; hosted by our local American friends. If Thanksgiving is all about eating, then I am very thankful. Being … Continue reading