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AVIATION QUEEN: Going to Germany? Don’t Forget The Christmas Markets!

It’s Christmas market season in Europe, and IBIT will have plenty to share on this tradition, starting with our very own Aviation Queen!

By Benét J. Wilson
In my day job, I write on business aviation at Aviation Week.  Among all the myriad things we do, we also put on conferences and seminars across the world. 

This week, our Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul group is holding an engine repair seminar in Munich.  I was having a Twitter conversation with one of my colleagues attending the session and he asked for tips of things to do.

Back in December 1998, I was in Munich for a press event held by a now-defunct German aircraft manufacturer.  But one of the events on the trip was an evening visit to Munich’s famed Christmas Market.   This market, located at the Marienplatz in the center of the city, has been held since the 14th century.

The Marienplatz has a series of outdoor booths that sell everything from Christmas ornaments to food to German pastries. The ornaments range in price from reasonable to ridiculous, but will become treasured keepsakes on your family tree for years to come.

But I have to warn you, like I warned my friend — beware of the booths selling hot mulled wine.  The wine is delicious on a cold winters’ night, but can leave one tipsy – especially if you decide to indulge in adding a peppermint schnapps shot!

For a complete list of the markets, click here — and genießen sie!!

Interested in aviation, journalism or social media? Check out Benét’s new Web site, AviationQueen.com!

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