This time last week I was getting off the bus in Bremen , a city in its full Christmas glory .
Stalls full of stars
Stalls full of shiny red apples , big as a baby's head
Red tree ornaments , like these displayed so beautifully in a wonderful three-storey , beamed shop in the oldest part of town . A shop solely devoted to Christmas in all its gold , silver and red glitter and gleam .
All manner of delicacies were sampled . Appel Strudel and wild boar , goose and Gluhwein , baked mushrooms under a bubbly cheese blanket , baked potatoes and sour cream ( so retro ! ) and spicy fried potatoes ( so fattening ! ) . A Sunday morning breakfast buffet in a little cafe , full of young families and ancient old ladies , all cheerfully eating their way through smoked salmon , cheeses , hams and sausage before moving onto scrambled eggs , rice pudding , yoghurts and plates of melon , pineapple or kiwi fruit . I counted seven different sorts of bread and apparently missed the "Kellogs ". All for 5 Euros 95. a head ....all at a Tchibo near you ....if you live in Germany , that is .
Not to mention medieval mulled fruit wines
though not , unfortunately , the beautifully named Dragonfire wine .We all enjoyed every calorie-laden colourful moment .
But this week it's snowing
and the only flash of colour to be seen is the occasional loony cyclist
Not me though ....I'm tucked up at home , eating a slightly less medieval pizza and happily contemplating two weeks off .