What’s it like to go to the Christmas Market at the Botanical Garden of Solingen?
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Lyons Cub loves the Botanical Gardens of Solingen, so this Christmas season, we drove there to go to the Christmas Market. It was a good choice, since it took mostly place inside the greenhouses, which were nicely warm and damp. There were lots of booths with handcrafted items, such as linoleum cut prints and jewelry. Moreover, the boy scouts were there in an outside tent with a campfire, where for a little donation you could bake bread on a hot dog stick:
There were also different activities for children, such as face painting. Lyons Cub chose a cute penguin to be painted on his cheek by a volunteer. Then, at another table, a lady helped him to handcraft an item with natural things, such as pine cones.
However, the most exciting thing was the bubble maker in a fancy dress, who attracted quite a bunch of children chasing and bursting her huge bubbles:
In the glasshouses, we admired the cacti, succulents, orchids, banana plants, carnivorous plants (which Lyons Cub also grows himself), and other kind of plants:
Last year, Lyons Cub and Lyoness were at three different Christmas markets, one at Castle Grunewald in Solingen, one in Monheim (it had a cool ice-skating rink), and one in Leverkusen Opladen. The year before, we were at the Christmas market in Langenfeld. This year, it was so rainy that we didn’t make it to that many Christmas markets. Instead, we spent more time at home and with friends and family, and isn’t that what the Christmas spirit is all about? We even had a visit by “Sankt Nikolaus” again on December 1st…