Winter settling in..

Some snow, nothing more than a dusting on the rooftops that barely lasted a few hours.

'Twas but a dusting
‘Twas but a dusting

… this seems to be a pattern developing. A brief flurry of snow that lasts for a few hours, maybe a day or two in the shadows before melting away, always hovering at just a little too warm to stay. I guess I don’t mind so long as it doesn’t start glazing over, but I have a feeling that may start happening. Give a good sub-zero (you know, -10°C or -15°C) so that the moisture dries out and does turn things into a giant ice-rink. Otherwise, I’ll be investing in crampons…

The Weihnachtsmarkt has disappeared and the weekend tourists are back, coming in on Friday afternoon — or maybe it’s just the last weekend before everyone heads back to work. Hard to tell, but the streets were pretty full yesterday afternoon (despite the crappy weather) and again today.

The day-trippers return
The day-trippers return

… and it has been a gray afternoon. A little filtering made the Nikolaikirche positively menacing:

Watch Over Us
Watch Over Us

 

After the Market
After the Market

 

Of course, this kind of light really saturates the colors that are out there — this one jumped out:

Green
Green

 

Meanwhile, over on Grimmaischestraße, things were definitely “business as usual.” Not terribly crowded compared to what it was like before Christmas, which isn’t surprising. A few brave buskers and street artists out, lots of shoppers and walkers. Oh, and there’s STILL glühwein to be had…

Heading for the Body Shop
Heading for the Body Shop

 

Supreme
Supreme

 

The phone is, of course, the common denominator here:

 

"You've got mail!"
“You’ve got mail!”

 

As I said, there’s still glühwein to be had… the tables are still set up and there’s still a few folks hanging out enjoying a cup or three.

Drink up, Drink up, Let me fill your cup...
Drink up, drink up, let me fill your cup…

 

The brave street artist, hustling away —

The Balloon Man was not singing, High and wee...
The Balloon Man was not whistling far and wee…

 

And now that Karstadt has closed, this is it:

Pretty mannequins, all in a row
Pretty mannequins, all in a row

 

People, with phones at the ready, immortalizing their visit as best they could:

In the street photographer
In the street photographer

 

… and the lights are still up, pretty much everywhere. Wondering when they’ll finally come down…

How long will they stay up?
How long will they stay up?

But the wheels still keep a-turnin’, things to do, places to see —

Getting it done, Leipziger-style
Getting it done, Leipziger-style

Author: alfonsoelsabio

Citoyen du monde: Photographer, librarian/archivist/academic, musician, and writer... I've lived in, or visited, every state in the US except South Dakota and Hawaii.