@Bucharest Christmas Market

I am so not sorry to say this, but Romanians do it better. When it comes to traditional food, drinks and craftsmanship, we really outdo everyone else (okay, maybe this is a bit of an overstatement and I’m just having a proud moment here). The Christmas Market in Bucharest was so magical, that I wanted to take everything home with me. The first striking thing about this market was the tempting smell. I have never seen such a delicious variety of traditional Christmas dishes in one place, and I’m not easily impressed by food. The second impressive thing is its size. And yes, it does matter. You know a Christmas market is worth visiting when there’s always an ambulance on standby.

But please scroll down and let me take you on a little tour of the cosiest, most beautiful market, where so many talented people from all over the country gathered to share their passion for culture, tradition and art.

Does anyone else feel like Christmas markets are made to be visited after dark?

IMG_7754 IMG_7757 Embroideries, ceramic bowls, wall carpets, delicious pies and pretty much everything else in these pictures is handmade in Maramures, the northern part of Romania.IMG_7770 IMG_7776 Traditional ceramics from Horezu, made in a technique that’s more than 2000 years old. Not two patterns are the same, each and every object ever made is unique.IMG_7774 Watching the making of a delicate glass swan. Notice the dragon spitting fire 🙂IMG_7778 IMG_7793IMG_7781 IMG_7782 Handmade glass Christmas globes are my favourite. These metal adorned ones are among the prettiest I’ve ever seen.IMG_7783 IMG_7786 IMG_7787  IMG_7799 IMG_7804Who cares if this is not actually a Romanian tradition, now that we’ve become so good at it? #KürtösKolakIMG_7761IMG_7794 IMG_7764