the entrance to the traditional christmas market
christmas pyramid in the market square
we couldn't resist giving penelope a ride on the carousel
she loved it! (sticking out her tongue and slobbering is penelope-talk for "awesome!")
all of the stalls were decked out with evergreen limbs. this one is selling the traditional wooden decorations from a region in east germany.
our favorite part of the esslingen market was the midieval market.
everyone was dressed in costumes and the atmosphere was very jovial and entertaining. one highlight was this hand-cranked ferris wheel.
this little boy wasn't so keen on the idea, however.
penelope loved listening to the music and singing by these strange looking dudes.
we were happy to find a warm, inviting cafe where we could sit down and have a hot cup of tea. penelope instructed grandma on how to properly eat a rice cake.
and how to share.
this is my favorite facial expression. when you've got to go, you've got to go!
where we spent a good chunk of the evening--huddled next to the open fire drinking gluewein.
stall selling "schneeballen" (snowballs)--fried sweet dough that is dipped in chocolate or powdered sugar and usually contains some type of sweet filling. i attempted to devour one on the train on our way home. i think i gave the man collecting tickets a good laugh when i looked up to show him my ticket and had bits of chocolate all over my face.