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Biel-Bienne Christmas market

Saturday, we went Christmas shopping in Bienne for the kids. It was snowing when we left but that didn’t bother us. We are used to snow after our third winter here in the Jura. :)

The kids play and play and play in the snow.

The mini snow storm didn’t stop daily life in our village.

Nothing helps you forget the cold and snow better than a chocolate and hazelnut croissant!

This could be me walking home! I always carry an umbrella with me because you never know when it will rain or snow in the Jura depending on the season.

I love the view of this church from the train on the way to Bienne. It is one of those moments that I remember I am living in a kind of dream that is real.

The entrance to the Biel-Bienne Christmas market.

The displays were so beautiful and made me regret not bringing my Nikon.

Hot food and drinks were to be found everywhere.

See…Steaming cups just waiting for cold hands. :)

I love how the Swiss will often create an outdoor forest atmosphere for people to sit together around a campfire and eat (even in a big city like Bienne).

It was a cold day even for this Midwestern girl. The aroma of steaming food and warm wine made me feel warmer and hungry in spite of just having eaten.

I felt Christmas all over me as I passed this glass makers stall. I don’t think I was alone in that feeling.

It was hard to get a picture of the glass maker working due to the number of people pressing in to watch.

The kids Christmas presents took up not only one train seat but two!

I wish you all a beautiful week leading up to Christmas!!!!

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  • expatraveler December 20, 2009, 9:52 pm

    Pumpkin – I couldn’t agree more about when you look out of a train and see such beauty. That’s what I used to tell myself as well. I never minded a train ride as there was so much beauty outside the window!

    The Bienne market just touches my heart. I can’t believe it’s nearly been 2 years since my last visit already! This was the one place that I spent some time in. I love your photos! And I too am so fascinated by the glass blowing.. :)

  • Pumpkin December 20, 2009, 11:57 pm

    Bienne is interesting because you can walk past people speaking French or Swiss German…all together with no problems. Bienne is truely a bilingual city and I love that.

  • unbalanced reaction December 25, 2009, 8:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I am so jealous of all the beautiful sights you see / have seen.

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