Today we headed out by train on a daytrip to Chemnitz, an old East German city known for many years as Karl-Marx-Stadt. We wandered the downtown for a bit as we made our way to a large indoor Christmas craft and food market. The woodwork was outstanding (so was the food!)! The city is in a region (Sachsen / Saxony) which borders the Czech Republic and Poland, and which is known for mining. On the first Advent weekend of December they put on a huge “Miner’s Parade” with lots of Christmas pageantry and music. We took in the parade, followed by a huge brass band concert in front of the town hall. Afterwards we browsed the Christmas market for a few hours and enjoyed great regional food. There was a lot of great food and local craftsmanship, but for some reason it didn’t ‘feel’ as good as the Dresden market.