Christmas markets

Every year there are identikit Christmas markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh (and I dare say, plenty of other places too).  We always head east, as the one in Glasgow is in St Enoch’s Square, which to be honest, isn’t really big enough to make it enjoyable.  It’s mobbed, you can’t really get round the stalls as the space is taken up by people queuing to get served, so you come to a queue, walk to the front to see what it’s for, then push through the crush to get to the end to join it.  Not an enjoyable experience.

In Edinburgh, it’s more spacious, as it occupies the space along Princess St, at the Scott monument.  There’s more room to move, there’s more stall, it’s just …… nicer.  Except this year, despite the crush, Glasgow seems to have better (if fewer stalls).  There’s also a marked difference in prices.  Cheeses on sale in Glasgow at £4 each or 3 for £10, are £4.50 each or 3 for £12 in Edinburgh.  Naughty traders!

Also in Edinburgh there’s a big wheel (£8 each if you fancy it), a carousel at £4 and a chair-o-plane that as well as birling round, goes up about 100′, and while pretty impressive and pretty cool, isn’t really worth £7,50 a hurl. (On the subject of hurling, imagine if someone threw up, on a chair-o-plane spinning at a rate of knots, 100 feet above the streets.  If you were walking below, you’d never see it coming).

But I digress.  Even though Edinburgh loses out on price, and quality of the goods, it once again wins hands down on the atmosphere, which let’s face it, is what it’s all about.Image

The chair-o-plane thingummy

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