Monday, December 5, 2011

Shipping off to Christmas

A few years ago, I went to Strasbourg before Christmas. It's one of the biggest Christmas markets in the world, and the whole city transforms.


I was also known to visit the small Christmas markets dotted around Paris.


In St. Germain


At La Défense

And when I go home to Chicago before Christmas, I always visit the small but direct-from-Germany Chriskindl Market.

So, basically, I'm on the lookout for a Christmas market in New York. The ones at Union Square and Bryant Park are ok, but all I want a fist full of glögg while buying German ornaments. No cheap scarves, no incense, no bullshit. Capiche?

On Sunday, I headed down to check out the Dekalb Market in Fort Greene. Supposedly, there was some sort of holiday thing going on.

The interesting thing about this market is it's made up of shipping containers. Each store or restaurant gets their little shipping container, which acts like a pop up shop. Cool to look at, lots of delicious food, but the sellers are of the "bottlecap jewelry" variety. Which is great if you like bottlecap jewelry.

I'm 0 for 1 of Christmas markets this year, but had a good time exploring.

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