This is one of the coolest things about living in France! For one month, Place Victor Hugo and Place Grenette (and a couple of other ones that I haven’t been to) are filled with log-house kiosks selling everything from pretzels to wooden toys. The weather has been a bit schizophrenic this month, going from heavy snowfall to pleasantly warm, and the kiosk vendors have been open every day through all of it. The delicious smells and twinkling lights really get you in the holiday spirit (especially during this not-so-festive exam season).
But first, I have to share something fun and random that I’ve come across again in Europe: silly Christmas animals. The reindeer in the middle of the market (I like to call him Carl) looks like he had too much vin chaud.
He reminded me of some animals that I saw in the Czech Republic a few years ago in a Nativity scene. Jesus, Mary and Joseph seem fine, but the farm animals look a little bit freaked out (except for the one at the bottom – he just looks sketchy).
Other than that, here are my favourite parts of the Christmas Market in Grenoble: