Monday, November 30, 2009

Namesti Miru Christmas Market

At the end of November each year market stalls pop up round the base of the local church, a Christmas tree stands tall and piped in music reminds us that the Advent season has begun. One of a handful of markets in Prague, Namesti Miru's fair ranks as my favorite not only for its around-the-corner handiness, but because it sells Christmas doodahs designed not just for tourists, but locals too. We walk by many times during December for ornaments, stocking stuffers and mulled wine and we're sure to be there on St. Nicolas Eve, helping Caroline brave the angel/devil/Nicolas trios as they ask their yearly "have you been goods".

{1} Christmas tree, and stalls open for business, {2} a master trdelnik maker prepares to hand over his treat, {3} but first one more roll through the cinnamon! {4} A Nutcracker and Frosty hang beside a most beguiling donkey and merry-go-round at the ornament stand.

trdelnik = a sweet pastry baked around a hot metal pole, finished with sugar, cinnamon, hazelnuts and sometimes cocoa.

10 comments:

Mary said...

My mouth is watering at the thought of that pastry!

Will it snow?

Julia said...

Right now it is still above freezing, but it could snow - it just did in Zurich and I'm hoping some of that weather might wander our way soon!

Kelly said...

It really was the best of the Christmas markets....less touristy and more "real" than the JZP or Old Town Square ones. I do miss the mulled wine! :) I had forgotten about Mikulas until you mentioned it! Say hello to the angels and demons for us...

wbryan08 said...

They are opening a christmas market in Union Square this year on 14th street. I will definitely be heading over there next week.

Barrett Bonden said...

A trailer for Mrs BB and younger daughter. Thanks. "Sounds as though we will be contented," says Mrs BB. Earlier you said stay away from Czech red but I assume it's OK mulled?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh how pretty! I covet those sweet ornaments.

lizardek said...

Man, those pastries look TASTY!

Julia said...

Kel - I will! I think we might have a regular contingency heading out on Saturday to see the Mikulas action!

Will - you are going to take pics right? We can do a market comparison.

BB - the mulled red is good! I think cold climate cities made up that recipe to make use of their tart reds.

GG - I covet Czech ornaments too - that's why I've turned to making them myself!

Ooh and the pastries are delicious. Slightly crispy on the outside but just the right flake on the inside.

Lucy said...

Oooh, you're making me feel all Christmassy!

countrypeapie said...

Sugar, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and cocoa ~ reason enough to live.