Santa Claus

20 12 2012

What better way to celebrate the season than with a visit to Santa Claus, Indiana?

I saved this portion of my summer road trip to publish this week. The town must look quite magical during the Christmas holiday, so my sunny photos might not do it justice.

There are several town websites to explore.
This one doesn’t have many photos: Santa Claus IN.
This site has some history: History.
a HA! This site has a photo gallery: Celebration, but not many show a winter wonderland.
I guess I’ll have to get back there some December and see if it looks more like the North Pole.

Holiday World
View of a Coaster

There is an amusement park there, but I only peered in from the cache location outside.

Entering the town:
Santa Claus, IN

One of the two shopping centers, Kringle Place:
Kringle place

The post office, where they must receive many wonderful letters from around the world:
Santa's post office

Town Hall:
SClaus town hall

… and the man, the icon, the Santa:
Santa

May your Christmas and New Year celebrations be filled with the magic of the season and many wonderful memories for years to come.

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Germany and the magic of Christmas

1 01 2009

Welcome to 2009, and a new year of geoblogs, geopix, and geoadventures!

Back in 1977, I was an AFS exchange student in Northern Germany, and I decided to revisit the family again this year for Christmas. I’ve stayed in touch, especially when I lived and worked in Germany about 15 years ago. Of course, this trip presented an opportunity to find my first caches in Europe, and I even got to three different countries!

I landed in Frankfurt and was met by my exchange sister, Gerlinde, who helped me find my first cache in the Vaterland:
Goethes Vater – Jugendkulturkirche St. Peter

She’s since become a geocacher herself, and went and bought a Nüvi for it!

My first errand upon arrival:
geldautomat

Old Opera House, Frankfurt
alteoperfrankfurt

New building in Frankfurt – funky hole in it! Is it art?
holefrankfurt

Things to see in Frankfurt:
seule

Authentic cuisine in Frankfurt:
thaifrankfurt

Kaffeehaus

We spent two nights with her friend, Annagret, and their family in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. There’s a cache in these old millwheels:
Neue Mühle
oldmillwheels
threemillwheels
millwheelplaque

The town’s manger scene had real sheep!
sheep

The town square had an oversized Christmas decoration:
bignutcracker

This is the main street:rhedawiedenbruck1

Houses dating from 1609:
oldhouse

The town is on a canal:
canal2

Speaking of canals, we found one near the Kiel canal:
kielcanal1

There’s a cache up this hill:
Die zwei Berge
zweibergecache1

with this view:
zweibergeview

We found a cache in Eutin that was installed in the armrest of a public bench, but it had been put back in wrong, and we couldn’t retrieve it, even with Gerlinde’s handy tool set:
De jure

This is a cache hide in Burg am Fehmarn:
Grössenwahn??
cacheatinke

It’s next door to this church:
churchamburgamfehmarn

and around the corner from these chickens:
chickens1

Other caches we found in Germany:
Forelle – Fische & Schiffe
Stoer-Faktoren
Wallenstein Eiche
Droped! Red12
Itzehoer Denkmäler – Eisenbahn

On Christmas Eve, we went to the North Pole. It’s only a few miles from where I visted – who knew?
Nordpol

nordpolcache1
nordpolgerlindenordpolme

There a certain magic to being in Germany for Christmas. There’s not so much commercialism, and the mood is much more relaxed. Every town has a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)
weihnachtsmarkt

where you can enjoy a glass of Glühwein (hot mulled wine)
gluhwein1

Next stop…. Denmark! … and the cache placed just for me!