My Book Club met last week
for a visit to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago
and then dinner at nearby Trattoria 10.
It was a sparkly, festive affair on a crisp December evening.
We went to the market first,
while my friends waited patiently for me to take way too many photos
of the shiny ornaments in the tiny shops.
I have never seen so many wonderful ornaments in one place,
and the quality and variety were truly dazzling.
I have a serious thing for colorful glass ornaments that you can read about here.
Or about my insistance on colored lights at Christmas time here.
For me, the Christkindlmarket was a little bit of heaven.
Here's a peek at what we saw.
Bountiful displays of ornaments in every color imaginable.
Hearts, hearts and more hearts.
and pinecones in every color.
Snowy and silvery and woodsy.
Gingerbread boys and girls...
And traditional storybook boys and girls.
Their faces are so beautiful.
Icicles in every color
Including Emerald Green,
the Pantone Color Institute Color of the Year for 2013.
Elegant winter blue icicles.
Even Santa Icicles.
Old fashioned "Reflector" Ornaments
And rainbow colors.
These purple ones were so rich and saturated with color.
I think Mr. Grand would like this fish ornament-
he loves to fish.
And my friend Gail would love these Seahorses in tropical brights.
Or better yet, these flipflops...
You might remember our friends Angie and Matt from my Harvest in the Heartland Post.
They would like these corn-o-ments.
And my friend Alice might like this Prosecco ornament.
We both enjoy a nice cold glass of Prosecco.
You can read about that in my post about our Italian adventure.
There were flags and boots and bells, in red, white and blue.
Rows and rows of every Santa imaginable.
What is with these Santa hats?
These guys sure look like fun!
We should have had them join us for dinner...
I kept this dark to protect the innocent...
I love these lovely ladies!
Book Club plus Field Trip =