A MERRY CHRISTMAS
from our homes to your homes
Donna & Lucy
A few more days to go and it is finally christmas day. I do love the atmosphere and the feeling around this season but most especially I really love the traditions attached to the season. Like I already mentioned in my last post, I love christmas markets and out here in Germany there are quite alot of christmas markets which makes it difficult to choose where to go. :-) This year I decided to visit markets in different settings, starting from the small romantic market(check out last post), over to the market in a village setting and ending my tour in the big city with one of the most famous christmas markets in Germany.
Today I will share with you my visit to the "make-believe village" in the Hessen Park. The christmas market out there turned out to be quite smaller than I expected but also really crowed. We spent just a few minutes and we moved over into the park to do a tour of the "Hessen Park village".
|arrival at the christmas market in Hessenpark|
|at the Main Square with original buildings taken down from around Germany, and reassembled here.|
The Open-Air Museum: Hesse, the way it was
Since 1974, more than 100 endangered buildings have been re-erected in accordance with scientific standards at the Hessenpark Open-Air Museum. The buildings in the Museum have been divided into five groups, each group representing a Hessian type of settlement typical of its region of origin. Houses and farmsteads from different villages have been placed as to give a realistic impression of the social and economic situation in the respective region.
The houses are utilised in a variety of ways. In part they are home to permanent and special exhibitions, whilst others have been furnished with original furniture and household items. In addition, you can also visit historical workshops in the buildings.(source : Open-Air Museum Hessenpark)
|infront of the bakery at the main square|
|knock! knock! knock!.... anybody home???? :-)|
|yes someone´s home.....and she bakes deliciously, just like grandma would :-))))|
|going back in time.......the kitchen|
In one of the homes we watched a lady back some very sweet smelling christmas cookies and got to see how difficult it is to keep the fire at a temperature where you can cook the food without burning it.
Then we checked out the stables. After seeing the stables, we went further down to the Jewish train. It is a wagon, to give you an idea of what they looked like inside. And when you exit you can get a lot of information about the Jewish community in Germany. Also there is a Jewish Bath house to see, very interesting too. In one of the houses they have an exhibition on the Hessians that migrated to the US and live in the Armish villages now.
|off to check out the live farm|
|the chicken farm reminded me of africa.....lovely feeling hearing a cock crow early in the morning|
|a visit to the carpenter (cart wheelwright)|
|a visit to the blacksmith|
|checking out the stables|
|the beautiful and peaceful village square|
|The educational train|
|inside the train|
|women at a religious service|
|women in traditional attires|
|a post-war living room|
|a Hair salon just like in the 1950´s|
|almost got a 1950´s hair make-over...... :-)|
I really enjoyed just walking around the park, since there are no cars, no noise and not too many people at this time of the year. It was a lovely day and it really felt like going back in time......
Hope you all did enjoy going back in time with me. Next we will be visiting my absolute favorite of all the christmas markets I visited this year. It will be off to the big city market.......stay cool until we meet again.
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from "Deutschland" with luv,