My husband Marv and I will be river cruising through Eastern Europe in December while you lovely people are holiday shopping in the United States. Our itinerary is as follows: Prague, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna, and Budapest.
The cruise is also titled: CHRISTMAS MARKETS ON THE DANUBE.
I asked: What are the Christmas Markets?
Answer: Christmas Markets are a major attraction for tourists and locals.
Repeat visitors talk about the aromas of potato pancakes, gingerbread, cinnamon, and hot glug.
I want to look at folk art. I promised our formatter to bring her a troll. Her husband is part Norwegian and they display a couple of trolls all year long. I asked her to send me a photo so that I don't bring her trolls she already has.
There will be lots of Christmas ornaments, hand-carved wooden crafts, candies and pastries. We will stuff some of this in our luggage for holiday gifts.
We will NOT be thinking of you shoppers in the U.S. — bleary-eyed, exhausted, hungry, and cranky.
We WILL be thinking about smart people who buy on line.
NOTE: Early in 2018, I will be adding two new novels: THE DINNER PARTY and THE PIANO PLAYER. They are both ready to publish, but I'm holding back. You have enough choices for 2017, don't you think? Until then, Marv and I will be eating turkey, and then sailing.