Dear Diva Readers,
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Let’s start with one of our newest tour locations, Venice. Murano Island is famous for its superb glass-work. At Christmastime, you can see the tallest glass tree in the world on this small island. It’s fascinating that this ancient place plays host to a modern looking tree, all the while using ancient glass making techniques.
In London’s Trafalgar Square, there is a Christmas tree that has been an annual gift to Great Britain since 1947. In gratitude for its help during World War II, Norway’s people gifted the tree as a token of appreciation. Isn’t that a lovely reminder of goodwill?
After perusing the Christmas market—otherwise known as the Wehnachtsmarkt– in Frankfurt, many people admire the towering traditional Christmas tree that holds court in front of city hall. The scene transports you to Christmas past.
In Rome, passersby can’t miss the larger-than-life Christmas tree which stands in St. Peter’s Square in front of the Vatican. There is also traditionally a nativity scene just in front of the large obelisk which causes one to stop and take in the Christmas spirit.
Of course a very large and very stylish tree can be found at Galleries Lafayette in Paris. This time of year, tourists and locals alike flock to the 10 story domed building to shop and admire the beautiful Parisian Christmas tree.
In Italy’s Umbria region, the largest representation of a Christmas tree rises on the slopes of Monte Ingino, just outside of Gubbio. It is composed of about 500 lights which are connected by 40,000 feet of wire. What a way to bring Christmas to this ancient city!
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And just for fun, since I am an American, I have to add the Capitol Christmas tree in Washington D.C. to this list. With 3,000 ornaments that are handcrafted by American school children, this tree is truly remarkable and a symbol of working together.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these Christmas trees from around the world. Whether you simply enjoy them from your computer screen or in person as you travel, learning about far off places is inspirational! And remember, if you are traveling in 2015 and want to source antiques in Europe, we’d love to custom plan a tour for you. Email us at to:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com for more information.
The Antiques Diva®