Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas from the Riga Christmas Market

Being in Latvia, the north of Europe, makes you feel closer to the home of Santa Claus. It is also colder. The Christmas markets are different than we use to see. Maybe it is more traditional. In the middle of the square stands a giant Christmas tree and white barn.

The traders are selling candy, wooden spoons, warm shoes, gloves, woolen hats, cakes, cookies, honey, meat, cheese and syrups. A man in traditional clothing is warming up red wine. Can you imagine that we encountered friends from The Netherlands on this market? Merry Christmas to all.

Terwijl we in Letland waren, het noorden van Europa, voelden we ons dichter bij het huis van de Kerstman. Het is er ook kouder. De kerstmarkten zijn er anders dan bij ons. Misschien meer traditioneel. In het midden van het plein staat een grote kerstboom met witte stal. 

De marktkramers verkopen snoep, houten lepels, warme sloffen, handschoenen, wollen mutsen, taarten, koekjes, honing, vlees, kaas en siroop. Een man in traditionele kledij warmt rode wijn op. Kan je het voorstellen dat wij hier op deze markt bevriende Nederlanders zijn tegen gekomen. Wij wensen iedereen een Prettige Kerst toe. 
 
Christmas Market Riga

Christmas Market Riga

Christmas Market Riga sheep

Christmas Market Riga wood

Christmas Market Riga wool

Christmas Market Riga cookies

Christmas Market Riga wood cutting

Christmas Market Riga

Christmas Market Riga

Christmas Market Riga candy

Christmas Market Riga honey

Christmas Market Riga meat cheese

Christmas Market Riga sirup

Christmas Market Riga wood

Christmas Market Riga saucige

Christmas Market Riga gluhwein

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12 comments:

  1. This one is awesome! I should have known you would find the best one! This is one thing we do not have here in the U.S.A. No Christmas Markets, it is strictly a European thing. So did you buy anything?

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  2. Everything here is beautifully presented, all the goods and the market stalls/booths themselves. I enjoyed seeing the sheep too. Merry Christmas Filip!

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  3. Lovely, nostalgic images. I also was some Christmas ago in Riga, and it was cold, too.
    Happy Christmastime to both of you.

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  4. I hope you'll had a great Christmas

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  5. Amazing to see everyone rugged up. Yes, i can believe that you came across friends there. We have had that happen to us many times in Australia. We have to consider the size of my country and that Europe fits in it.
    Trust you both had a lovely Christmas Day at home.

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  6. wel bijzonder mooi om dit te zien.

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  7. I completely enjoyed your last photo, and I believe I want that costume for next year! I like that extremely creative fence too! Lovely photos about town, I'm hoping you both had a festively wonderful time there.

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  8. fantastic pictures :) and merry xmas to you too

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  9. De Kerstmarkten en Kerstdagen zijn al weer voorbij, het gaat allemaal zo snel. Ik heb alsnog van de leuke kerstmarkt impressie genoten. Graag wil ik een keer naar de Baltische landen, maar weet niet of het wel lukt. Lieve groeten, Dietmut

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  10. Got to try some of those sausages if there are real.

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  11. I have seen similar booths like these while in Oslo in November.

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