When it comes to Christmas markets, there’s only German Mitteleuropa that avoids both the saccharine over-the-topness or the shopping pointlessness of their cheap imitations. And the undisputed queen of AdventmÃ¤rkte is good old stolid Vienna. It’s only in December that the city truly comes to life, for this is when its palaces and baroque churches, its Classics and Lebkuchen, and its GlÃ¼hwein and ‘Punsch’ come to their own. Hell, nothing tastes like Sachertorte over Christmas!
The first one — robust and flavourful — was born in Congo’s Virunga National Park; the second — smoky and fruity like a Zante currant — is sourced from the Dominican Republic. The beans for the third — astringent yet aromatic — were harvested in the Peruvian jungle. I’m in Brussels eating chocolate, but the tourist cliches end there. I’ve not been tempted by the patisserie porn lining confectioners’ windows in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and I’m not gorging on waffles in the Grande Place.
A cruise is not a cruise without excursions. My Budapest–to–Bucharest trip (detailed in National Geographic Traveller) offered at least one per stop and this was the one I was looking forward to the most: a display of horsemanship in the Bakod Puszta Hungarian Horse Farm near Kalocsa. A cor anglais seems to be playing all the time, its deep, baritone sax sound accompanying our every move. It was the tárogató a woodwind instrument peculiar to Hungary.
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