sunnuntai 4. joulukuuta 2016

Joulutorien aikaa

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Getting to know Christmas Markets outside of Frankfurt.
This weekend in Hochstadt/Maintal.


Friends were organizing their own little bazar in their storage hall.
Doors open today, too: Hanauer Str. 1, Hochstadt/Maintal.

They run a company called "LICHTERHERZ"
Girls come and pick up from your home 
all the stuff that you do not need anymore.
After selecting and sorting out the stuff is being sold in ebay
and part of the sales' profit is donated to a charity organization.



Hochstadt has an amazing old town with beautiful house fronts.


Sun setting ... around 5:30 p.m.


At every Christmas market there is program for kids as well,
carousel not missing.


But do we really need these metallic balloons? Really?
Even if they have the Christmas themes. Really?


Yläfemma!

Finnisch für Anfänger:

YLÄFEMMA = High five


Yes, it did get crowded.


No decoration, just nature.


In some courtyards you could buy art and handcrafts.


Yes, even these,


Mittens, hats and other creative stuff,
staff being busy checking out the latest news in Facebook ...


Fast food for oderazzi: currywurst Ruhrpot?
Ja, ja, statt Brötchen zwei Scheiben schlabbriges Toastbrot.


Yes, sometimes it is cool to taste something new.


Hochstadt is worth visiting.
Only 15 km from Frankfurt City center.





lauantai 3. joulukuuta 2016

Schlumbergera

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Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti 
with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. 

This genus contains the popular house plants 
known by a variety of names including 
Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, crab cactus and holiday cactus, 
which are Schlumbergera cultivars, 
and flower in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple.
(Wikipedia)



For the first time my Schlumbergera is blossoming.


As it is so unusual and unexpected ... had to take some evidence pics.


From all sides and light conditions.


Just beautiful.


And when the winter suns brightens the leaves...


...  just beautiful.


Detail.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

TALVIKAKTUS = Winterkaktus / wintercactus


I find Christmas decoration beautiful, too.
This seen in Kronberg.


The old town of Kronberg is really worth seeing.
Narrow streets, old, tiny houses, cute details everywhere.
Leave your car in the parking lot and walk around.

Kronberg im Taunus is a town in the Hochtaunuskreis district, Hesse, Germany 
and part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area. 
Before 1866, it was in the Duchy of Nassau; 
in that year the whole Duchy was absorbed into Prussia. 
Kronberg lies at the foot of the Taunus, flanked in the north and southwest by forests. 
A mineral water spring also rises in the town. (Wiki)

Honestly, it's one of the poshest areas around Frankfurt,
rich and famous people prefer Kronberg even to Westend.


In the Tanzhausstrasse you'll find Rekha's Cashmere Pashmina shop.
For the luxury moments, or for Christmas.



Of course,
Christmas Market in Kronberg as well.







keskiviikko 30. marraskuuta 2016

Thanks-giving-time

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Traditionally we are celebrating Thanksgiving
with our American friends in Frankfurt.
The fourth Thursday in November ist the official date,
but here in Europe we party at the weekend.


It's always too much to eat and so much fun.
Thanks so much Maria for organizing.


The bird is always BIG.
And tasty.


My hubby assisted with cutting the bird,
so he was able to catch the leg.


Sweet dreams!


After the feast it was time to dance.
See the title: Disco Mix Thanksgiving
well, from the year 2015 ... 
music never dies!


... that crazy wig ...

Please watch this and then you'll learn many details of Thanksgiving:



Was it the wig or was it the cold weather?
Sorry, the pic of the official Christmas tree at Römer
is not good. But a lot of lights.


Some lights at Mainufer as well,
our little Christmas tree.


The "tree" especially trimmed for Christmas season.


Detail. Afternoon detail.


Artsy version.


Indeed, chives on Karelian pasties ...
well, prepared them for some other people!


Happy Christmas preparation times to you, too!














maanantai 28. marraskuuta 2016

So this is pre-Christmas

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In Mediterranen countries the nature is getting ready for the holidays.
Am looking forward to these bloomers at Christmas time,
this was the state of flowers mid-November in Mallorca.


After the hot, burning summer the nature in 
Mediterranean fields are turning green again.


Check the hair cut of the mother.


Aren't these young ones sooooo cute!


The same in profile.


What are you staring at? Never seen baby feeding?


And the same animals from the back side.


Pre-Christmas times in Central Europe start busy
over the first "Advent" weekend.
Most charity organizations, like the Finnish church in Frankfurt,
organize big Christmas Basars over this weekend.


Oderazzi being busy at the bookfleamarket.
People still love reading books but 
the direction is going towards e-books.


Not only books but also artsy stuff made of old books
could be purchased at the "KIRJAKIRPPIS".


Of course, the people make the party.
But on my opinion ... this space does look ... quite horrible.


Luckily enough there is funny, hand made stuff for sale. 
Keeps the eyes away from the rest of the space.


And those hand made hats and socks.


In the basket those girls look a bit lost.


JOULUPUKKI

Finnisch für Anfänger:

JOULUPUKKI = Weihnachtsmann / Father Christmas
JOULU = Weihnachten / Christmas
PUKKI = Bock / goat


Meeting Father Christmas next to the book stand.


In Berlin Father Christmas is riding his horse in the middle of the City.


Did you know that there are two Finnish girls,
Pauliina and Katriina Talaslahti, 
playing Fussball in Bayern München?
Here they stand on the stage in Berlin
where the Finnish Embassy invited press people
to celebrate pre-Christmas.
Let's see if we get them to SISU-radio in December
when there is a match in Frankfurt!



Never missing from a Finnish pre-Christmas-party:
JOULUPUKKI.
Check his cool boots. Traditionally Finnish.
Here with the girls of the Finnish Embassy.
Yes, only women. No men working there?
Check here, 5 male colleagues:


Finnisch für Anfänger:

PIKKUJOULUT = kleine Vorweihnachtsfeier / per-christmas party
PIKKU/PIENI = klein / litte
JOULU = Weihnachten / Christmas


Berlin at the end of November can be very gray.
Inhabitants in Prenzlauer Berg decorate the streets,
a very good try.


I do like the wives from the double decker buses in Berlin.


Finnisch für totale Anfänger:

SUOMI = FINNLAND / FINLAND

In the year 2017 Finland is celebrating 100 year of independence.

Check your history books (read: Wikipedia)
how long and how Sweden and Russia reigned Finland.

SUOMI100 
is the name of the project which will cover
all happenings, parties, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Next year you cannot miss Finland.
Check the project here: