And now, a word from our sponsors…

Rick Steves, Burt Wolf & Joseph Rosendo - the best travel show hosts on PBS

Okay, I lied. These guys did NOT sponsor our vacation in any way, but they did influence it. Heavily. So it’s their fault. Really and truly, I blame them. If it weren’t for these three guys, I would never have known about the German Christmas Markets. I could have lived my life in ignorant bliss, but they wouldn’t let me. They had to put it out there on television and taunt/haunt me with it.

For starters, The Complete Package and I do not have cable. I know it’s barbaric, but we don’t support being voluntarily robbed of $80+ a month for 1,600 channels of crap. Sorry for the language, but that’s how we feel about it. Instead, we enjoy the “basic 10” channels, and are lovers of all things PBS. That’s how all of this got started, and that’s why I’m calling out these three guys for planting a seed in my head that I just couldn’t shake. For example, if I say “brownies” you’re going to spend the rest of the day craving brownies. It’s the same principle. Ooooo…brownies. Ahhhh…Christmas markets.

These three gentlemen produced three separate shows about German Christmas Markets, and my obsession was born. And that’s where my beloved, The Complete Package, stepped in. Since he had to go to The Netherlands for a week on business, he invited me to tag along. And since the German Christmas Markets were only an hour away by plane, he said we might as well take another week to hop on over there and check them out. Wow, honey. I love you so much right now! And so that’s exactly what we did. After our week in The Hague and our weekend in Amsterdam, we jumped a flight to Stuttgart and started a week-long adventure I call “ChristmasMarketPalooza.” See, kids? Sometimes dreams really do come true. You just have to keep believing. And watching PBS. Especially Rick, Burt and Joseph. Thank you guys. Really, I mean it. This trip never would have happened without you and your travel shows.

So stay tuned, readers. Next up is Germany, and you won’t want to miss this!

German Christmas Markets - my travel dream come true!



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9 responses to “And now, a word from our sponsors…

  1. Okay, we LOVE Rick Steves. Love. I could watch his shows all day long! We don’t have cable, either and have learned to adore PBS…Antiques Roadshow? Check. This Old House? Check.

    So happy you got to experience the Christmas Markets and I am excited to hear more!

  2. cindy

    Can’t wait to see the markets in Germany! Enjoyed our dinner, it’s always great to spend time together! Once again, I LOVE living vicariously through you!

    • Thanks! I had a great time at dinner, too. I always enjoy our annual “girlfriends” Christmas dinner. I’m just glad we didn’t get thrown out of PF Chang’s for being too rowdy! Heard from the PW crew tonight. The new mixer should be here this week. Wahoo! Just in time for holiday baking! Wanna come see it when it arrives? ;-] I’ll even throw in a private slideshow of the trip photos, if you like.

  3. Glad you liked my German Christmas Markets and Carnival shows. Stay tune we’re in Switzerland filming a show on the Christmas markets of Switzerland. Keep watching PBS. Happy Traveling and Happy Holidays!
    Joseph Rosendo, Travelscope

    • Oh, my goodness! It’s so special to me that you’ve left a comment on my little blog. What an honor. I love your show and admire your ability to share the world with your viewers. I’m also a big fan of your use of Mark Twain’s quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Thank you for being one of my favorite travel inspirations, Joseph. I really appreciate it. -Jeanne

  4. I love “$80 for 1600 channels of crap!” So true. I love PBS. How cool that Joseph Rosendo read & commented on your post! Between that and the mixer, you really are on a lucky streak!

    • I’m psyched. He could have just read it (since his name was mentioned) and moved on, but he didn’t. It was very gracious of him to take the time to leave a comment, and it certainly made my day! The new mixer is just chocolate cream cheese frosting on the cupcake. It’s gorgeous, and I’m totally in love. Love, love, love.

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