Copenhagen, Denmark, taken on December 10, 2012
It’s not this time of year without some good ol’ festive Christmas markets! For the past 6 years, I’ve spent the Christmas season in Europe, where Christmas markets can be found in many cities and towns. Delicate gifts, good food, and warm mulled wine – perfect to counter the cold! Here’s one that I went to with my friend Ara four years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. We decided to leave the mild winter and go somewhere REALLY COLD and indeed, it snowed as it should during the winter!
Bologna, Italy, taken on November 1, 2013
The stark contrast between the red peppers and green vegetables at a market in Bologna drew me close, and at that moment I wanted to grab a bunch of peppers and make a nice mapo tofu! Mmmm 🙂
Hoi An, Vietnam, taken on December 25, 2015
Continuing on with the “people of Southeast Asia” series, we have here a man with many lanterns at a market in Hoi An. I believe he is the vendor manning this lantern booth. This is one of those photos where colour and the lack thereof makes a big difference to the entire mood. (See the original photo in colour.)
Hoi An, Vietnam, taken on December 26, 2015
The markets in Hoi An are filled with so many interesting, picture-worthy people. This elderly lady is but one of the many people whose photos I managed to capture. (See the original photo in colour.)
Bordeaux, France, taken on December 23, 2012
There was one specific occasion engraved in my mind where I felt genuinely and completely happy. It was an evening in December 2012 at the Bordeaux Christmas market, with a friend alongside me strolling through the colourful booths in the light rain. For some reason the company and the atmosphere made me feel so content, so joyful, and from that day onward, that exact spot where the Christmas markets are held every year has become my happy place, somewhere only I know.