Here are just a few of the highlights, as told through my blurry pictures...Any tips on how to use a simple point and shoot at night for moving objects and have clear pictures???
So, this picture is of a brass band made of Kerstmannen with LED lights -- who occasionally sang Christmas carols like "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" with a Dutch accent.
|This house just looked so gezellig (cozy)|
|Grote Kerk by night|
The streets were filled with stands of people selling their wares and gifts, like festive Christmas decorations, warm winter gear, or edible treats like tools made of chocolate.
Around this time of year -- mostly for the New Year -- "oliebollen" are sold in stands like this. I've heard them described as "Dutch donuts," since they are sweet-ish fried dough. You can have plain ones or raisin-filled ones, with or without powdered sugar. Each one costs about 1 euro.
|Biting down on our shared oliebol.|
We didn't try one of these tasty treats but just watched the process. This stand called them "chimneys," and the treat consisted of dough rolled around a metal roller and rotated over warm coals. When I was in Budapest two years ago, I tried these -- and they are definitely yummy! You can get them with cinnamon on them, or perhaps other toppings.
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