…Christmas Markets!  I am so excited to be in Europe for the Christmas markets, but I was a little surprised to see the market stalls being put up so early.  The Vienna “December Market,” dating from the late 1200’s, is considered the first known holiday market.  Markets in Bautzen and Dresden are the next oldest, dating to the 1300’s; and Sibiu, Romania’s market is among the newest in Europe, dating from 2007.  If we ever get our car, I think a road trip to explore some of these markets might be in order.  In the meantime I shall make due with the dozen or so here in Vienna.