12 Dec 2011

OUR WORLD - CHRISTMAS MARKET WATERLOO


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Just opposite the Exposition building, where I had to watch over our paintings, was the Waterloo Christmas market.

I took the opportunity for a little stroll through the market, leaving our paintings to a classmate.





The market was in a big white tent, but not big enough for all the stalls, so inside the stalls looked a little squeezed together, and it was difficult to see all the exposed items for sale.



The entrance this year was on the side of the tent.



Just in front was a traditional "caricol" (little snails) stall which are sold on markets and fairs and is a typical Belgian tradition. You see at least one cart with caricoles cooking in an enamel pot, with celery juice and pepper on each market or fair. They are served in little bowls and you eat them hot to warm you up.




the stalls one after the other






Very important,a very big surface for food and drinks ! The speciality of a Christmas market is the hot red wine.



An ice skating for the kids, with fake ice. It was too warm in the heated tent.







Little gifts to buy



and nativity scenes with little figures. It was here I bought the missing king for our nativity scene, because he had disappeared and Mr. G. was very upset about it.



Waterloo center on my way back home. I took the picture through the windshield

15 comments:

Gary said...

Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

I love markets like these! And what a great place to Christmas shop! Love your captures as always, Gattina! Have a great week!

Sylvia

A Lady's Life said...

This was fun. I also love fairs like this :)So many nice things to look at

sandra carlier said...

Sounds you have a wonderful christmas market in Waterloo! I painted tonight Anaïs room! And clean it! Tomorrow christmas father comes at school!!! My director has a big play in perspective and in the evening we go to the restaurant with him and all the people of the school!!! A big journey and evening!s

NixBlog said...

Lovely photos of this topical event! The last picture is my favourite - great light in that!

Leovi said...

Nice series of photos of Christmas theme.

LifeRamblings said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! that must have been fun.

Andrea said...

hi again Gattina. When Christmas is near, structures like those sprout in many places here too, we call them bazaar or 'tiangge' to denote the many things sold in the participating stalls. The price are much lower than the real stores, so they get lots of customers.

ladyfi said...

What fun! Love the fact that kids can go ice skating at the fair too.

Indrani said...

Such a lot of stuff to buy... Great captures.

Arija said...

Great Christmas market. I am glad you found the a replacement for the missing king.

Gracie said...

It seems we had the same idea! Last saturday I was in Merano at a Christmas Market too, I really enjoyed it. I like to stroll through the stals and dream of buying everything I see!

Cezar and Léia said...

This Christmas market is huge and I like the idea about the coverture, it's great in these rainy days.Your pictures are wonderful, thanks for sharing!
Léia

Kay L. Davies said...

A marvelous market in your world, Gattina. So many things to see.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lifecruiser Travel said...

Looked really nice. Didn't know of the snails before.

It's always nice with xmas markets, where ever they are and how big or small they are.

We've only been to one this year - I doubt there will be any more now, very rare nowadays for some reason. Maybe it starts to disappear over here. Sadly enough.

You just reminded me of the fact that I need to empty my camera with the pics and maybe write a post about it...