The Old Gingerbread Bakery


Gingerbread being hand-made at Willi Baumann’s bakery in Reichelsheim-Beerfurth in the Odenwald region, some 70 kms (42 mls) south of Frankfurt, Dec. 1. The family business is one of oldest in the Odenwald and operates in the 11th generation, baking gingerbread as it did in 1785 without coloring, flavor enhancer or preservatives. Customers queue right in the bakehouse, buying ‘lebkuchen’ as it comes right out of the coal-heated oven.

Christmas Cameras

Christmas Cameras

Two christmas tree balls shaped like Leica and Rollei cameras are on display at the Christmasworld trade fair that opened in Frankfurt, Jan.24. They are mouth-blown from glass and hand-painted by the people at a small manufacturer in Neustadt in northern Bavaria.
Picture was taken with a Japanese camera, though. (Canon 5d MkIII, EF 24-70 2.8 L II, f 3.5, 1/40 sec)

Christmas Market Open

Christmas Market Open

Frankfurt’s traditional Christmas market opened this week. It was first mentioned in 1393 and is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. It runs until December 22, 2013. (This photo was actually taken two years ago, but it basically looks the same every year.)