IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE XMAS
18th December 2019 | James Cove, Altenmarkt, Austria
Last modified on December 31st, 2019
PlanetSKI tours the Advent Market in Altenmarkt in SalzburgerLand in Austria. It sure works up an appetite.
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.
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.
And then it is into the Advent Market itself with it is wooden stalls, crafts and gifts.
Plus the all important gluwein, drunk round a real fire of course.
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.
Then it is potato soup with grissini in an historic converted barn in the centre of the town.
The main course comes in the Gasthof Rosner in the main square.
Venison ragout with napkin dumplings and red cabbage.
And to round things off?
Hot chocolate cake with ice cream (and a rasberry of course).
And, why no mention of politics in this post?
I have forgotten all about it.
Happy Xmas everyone!