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IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE XMAS

PlanetSKI tours the Advent Market in Altenmarkt in SalzburgerLand in Austria. It sure works up an appetite.

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It is the final evening of PlanetSKI’s brief stay in the area as we try to get away from all the politics in the UK.

We need a break from the General Election, Brexit and the endless divisions and rows, as reported in this earlier post.

And now it’s the serious business of getting in the mood for Xmas.

Earlier this month we were in the huge Xmas Markets in Innsbruck.

Now it is the other end of the scale.

Small, intimate, local and utterly charming.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

It has been going for 14-years and is deliberately small.

The decorated wooden stalls display traditional handicrafts while specialities of the region scent the air.

Singers and musicians get together to perform on the Advent Stage.

Many people start with a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

And then it is into the Advent Market itself with it is wooden stalls, crafts and gifts.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

Plus the all important gluwein, drunk round a real fire of course.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

And what the evening also offers is a taster menu round some of the local restaurants, bars and barns.

It starts with a slice of roast beef on paremssan risotto with a truffule mouse.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

Then it is potato soup with grissini in an historic converted barn in the centre of the town.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

The main course comes in the Gasthof Rosner in the main square.

Venison ragout with napkin dumplings and red cabbage.

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

And to round things off?

Hot chocolate cake with ice cream (and a rasberry of course).

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

And, why no mention of politics in this post?

I have forgotten all about it.

Happy Xmas everyone!

Advent Market, Alpenmarkt

Advent Market, Altenmarkt

 

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