December always seems to be a very busy month, with all sorts of things to do and organize before Christmas! Apart from the usual stress of finding nice presents for family, here are some of the things that kept me busy:
Time to enjoy Christmas markets and decorations
… in Aachen
I was kept busy with regular visits to the Aachen Christmas market! I always love meeting up with friends for Glühwein (mulled wine) during the Christmas market. The Christmas market in Aachen is said to be one of the most beautiful ones in Germany. Tourists from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK certainly flock over to see it! Meeting up at Glühwein stalls is very popular among locals, whatever the weather!
… near Aachen at the Merode Castle
For the first time I visited the Christmas market at Schloss Merode (Merode castle), 30km away from Aachen in Langerwehe. It was such a pretty setting for a Christmas market! All the little wooden stalls were nicely lit up and arranged around the Castle. It is held every year from end of November until a few days before Christmas (Wednesday to Sundays). It’s definitely worth a visit!
… in Nantes (FR)
I wasn’t able to spend much time on the Christmas markets in Nantes, but I had a quick look at the Christmas illuminations in the city centre. Every year the city is illuminated with different lights and different colours.
This year for Christmas I made my first moulded chocolates by myself: chocolate shells and their fillings. I am very happy with the result! 🙂 I am slowly mastering the art of tempering chocolate!
I made a selection of four different chocolates: white chocolate with a lavender-orange ganache, dark chocolate with an orange-coffee-cinnamon ganache, dark chocolate with a cardamom-black tea ganache and finally milk chocolate with a white chocolate ganache infused with basil. Two of the things I like most after making chocolates are: eating them, obviously! 🙂 but also asking my friends to guess the fillings of the chocolates I make!
Planning my next trip
Unlike 2016, 2017 will include travels outside of Europe! 🙂 I’ve been busy organizing my travels and reading up about the places I will go to! I’m not sure if my travels will be rich in new ice cream trials, but I will share some photos and stories of my trip with you here. To make sure not to miss the next stories, you can follow my blog / subscribe to email updates or like Traveller’s Scoops on Facebook!
Aachen Christmas market – aachenweihnachtsmarkt.de
Merode Castle – schlossmerode.de
L’Odyssée des rêves lightshow in Nantes – www.nantes-tourisme.com/fr/spectacle/l-odyssee-des-reves
How to temper chocolate – www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/how-to-temper-chocolate-356869