Thursday, January 3, 2008

Back to the grind

It's cold and rainy today, a fitting end to a very enjoyable Christmas break. With all three girls here, we had a typical family Christmas - except that we went to a Christmas eve service that wasn't at midnight, we made monkey bread but not for breakfast, and we decided to forego the traditional Yule log in favor of all the cookies, chocolates, and fruit cake we'd already accumulated. 

We did some day trips too: the Christmas market in Lille; Epernay and Reims, where not much was open but we still managed to get in a tasting; and Antwerp. It was our first trip to both Lille and Antwerp, and both deserve a return visit. We barely scratched the surface in Antwerp and realized, as we were leaving, that we should have planned to spend the night. 

This is a picture of the Grote Markt (Grand' Place in French) with the Christmas market in Antwerp. 

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