My top 5 moments from my Christmas Markets road trip through Europe
Yay! It’s now less than a week till Christmas day and I’m officially excited!
Actually, I tell a lie. I was officially excited last weekend when I went on the world’s most festive road trip with my brother through Europe. And to make things even more magical, it snowed for the whole weekend!
I was testing out the all-new Mazda CX5 by going on the ultimate Christmas road trip and I had so much fun driving through Europe stopping off at all the Christmas markets along the way.
Starting in Strasbourg in France, I drove along one of the most beautiful roads through the Black Forest before ending up in the picturesque town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany where the snow quickly turned into a blizzard (as you’ll see in the video!)
In the end we clocked up over a 1,000kms driving through green fields, white forests and cute little villages along the way, so when I say it was a real road trip, I mean it.
Make sure you check out my latest road trip video on YouTube, but behind the scenes here are my top five moments from the trip!
1. Travelling with my brother again
Bit of a soppy one this. My brother Carl and I have travelled to a fair few countries together, but it’s been a while since we’ve been on a trip just the two of us with no other Sherifi’s there and it was so amazing travelling with him again.
Carl is so relaxed when it comes to life which is why he’s one of my favourite travel buddies in the whole world. There aren’t many people I’d want to spend 15+ hours in a car with but he’s certainly one of them!
Oh, and can you see the family resemblance here?
2. The stunning views of Europe covered in snow
Imagine waking up to this view!? This is the scene that greeted me on my third morning in Lehrberg, a little town just outside of Rothenburg ob der Tauber – it looks like a Christmas postcard, doesn’t it?
This is what I love about driving through Europe – coming across little towns like Lehrberg that you never knew existed. It’s funny, I know I’ll probably never come back to this place again, but because I captured this stunning sunrise I’ll always be able to visit it in my mind. To me, that’s the beauty of photography.
3. Driving through the Black Forest for the first time
One day I’m going to write a blog post dedicated to the world’s best road trip roads, and when I do the Black Forest is definitely going to feature.
Things started to get beautiful as I was driving through cute little towns and villages towards the mountains of the Black Forest, but they really went to next levels as soon as I hit the trees – all around me where giant fir trees all powdered white with snow.
At a couple of points the road snaked back on itself and I could see right down the mountain at all the towns below. That view, that road – that’s what road trips are all about.
4. Drinking all the vin chaud and glühwein
Usually I don’t deal well with the cold, especially when it drops to -4 in a blizzard. Luckily, I had vin chaud and glühwein to warm me up though!
I’m a massive fan of any hot alcoholic beverage but there’s something special about having a vin chaud in France or a glühwein in Germany with the bustling Christmas markets going on all around.
Also, I discovered something new. Amaretto in glühwein. Magic. Give that a go this Christmas and you’ll be very happy indeed.
5. Making new road trip buddies
We all shared a couple of cars over the weekend so hopped in and out of each other’s at different points – if you want to see two very different perspectives on what we did on our Christmas markets road trip then check out Mollie’s – and Robin’s here.
My Christmas markets road trip was in association with Mazda trying out the all-new CX5 by driving through France and Germany. As always, views are entirely my own and without bias.
Have you ever been to any of the Christmas markets in France or Germany before? If so, which ones? And where is the favourite road trip you’ve been on? Let me know in the comments below!
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