#### update as of 06 dec 2012 ######
Weather forecast Monschau / Saturday
Sunny, 5,2 hours sunshine, -4 C, rain probability 5% (no rain), wind 11-24 km/h N)
DONT FORGET YOUR GLOVES AND SUNGLASSES
#### update as of 04 dec 2012 ######
Everybody seems to be already hyper busy those days before Christmas. Calm down this Saturday, grep your camera gear and enjoy the first Happy-Shuttercount-Snow-Expedition with train- and bus-ride to the Christmas marked in the small German town of Monschau.
It is going to snow over there the whole week with temperatures just below zero.
See the web-cam images of Monschau (upper left is the recent one): http://www.monschau.de/service/webcam_historie.php
With the fresh snow it will be really beautiful, Glühwein and Aachener Printen will help against the cold and there will be many great opportunities to take wonderful pictures, in Monschau (http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/monschau_christmas_market.php) http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/monschau_christmas_market.php and on the way.
HOW TO GET THERE
Monschau is about 160 km east of Brussels. I was surprised how easy it is to get there with public transport.
Trains run from Brussels to Eupen, a small Village in east Belgium. From there, it takes 29 minutes with the bus to Monschau.
The Train costs € 9,90 return (!) with the SNCB Christmas deal promo; the bus may cost the same.
At 12:02, Gare Central take the IC 510 Direction Eupen [B] to Eupen Station, arriving at 13:45. Talk to the other Happy Shuttercounts during the trip and have your camera gear ready for on-the-way photos.
At 14:01 catch the bus 385 at Eupen Station direction "Kalter Herberg". Get off at "Monschau Parkhaus" at 14:25. THIS IS THE MEETING TIME/POINT.
At 17:30 take bus 385 at "Monschau Parkhaus" direction Eupen.
17:54 get off at Eupen Bahnhof (Station).
At 18:15 take the IC 541 direction Ostende and dont forget to get off in Brussels at around 19:58
consult google maps or your GPS. The parking in Monschau is difficult. There is the 'Parkhaus' and there may also be a shuttle service - ask me if you need more details
Meeting point is "Monschau Parkhaus" / Schmiede (see map above) at 14:25 when the Bus arrives.
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Street, decoration, people pre-celebrating, low light and what else to spot on a Christmas market?
But -- we will not necessarily go to a Marked in Brussels. The 'where' will depend on some factors: Weather (snow?), road conditions, transport availability, ... So, it may be Brussels but also a marked in the romantic Belgium or German villages like Monschau or Eupen (with snow?) ... stay tuned for updates...