Christmas Town of Seiffen
Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
182Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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We set off down the street with a plan to hit up all the stores on one side and then walk back up the other side. The first place we stopped off at had a workshop in the back and we could see them assembling the pyramids. We soon realized that we were going to need to take notes of our favourite things and their prices and then return later to eliminate things off the list. We had a few particular items that we were hunting for, a pyramid for ourselves and some decorations like the ones Mom has on her tree. The pyramid was the main item we were hunting for.
We soon realized that one day was not going to be enough and decided to return the following day to continue our browsing and shopping. This meant that we could stroll leisurely through the shops, make our lists and then actually purchase items the next day. We continued walking through the town and admired all the decorations. There were lots of decorations outside of shops as well and we saw a huge pyramid, enormous nutcracker and many others along the way. At many of the shops we saw the shopkeepers making various decorations. We saw them making wooden Christmas trees using a chisel and painting figurines.
The next day we continued exploring the shops that we hadn't made it to the day before. We also tried to find out some information on customs, tax-free shopping and shipping packages home. However, we soon discovered that no-one in town spoke English (hardly even at the TI) and the library was closed so we couldn’t use the internet. The lady at the TI suggested we go to the post office so we headed up the hill. Unfortunately, the internet there was "kaput" as the lady put it. However, the visit to the post office wasn’t completely a bust as I did find some great stamps to add to my collection. We decided not to worry about it for the time being and hoped that once we actually started buying things we might come across someone in one of the shops who spoke some English.
We had finally narrowed down our list and proceeded to fill our bags with items on our list. We had seen a pyramid that we really liked in one shop and were torn between that one and another. After one final look (back to back so that we could immediately compare), we decided to get our pyramid from the Müller shop. The shop owner is the 4th generation in his family to run the business and their products were just beautiful. We asked the lady at the desk if she spoke any English to ask about shipping, etc. She didn’t (other than hello, goodbye and thank you which is pretty much the limit of our German…), but called up her boss to answer Anoop’s questions. It turns out that we were talking to the owner of the company, Ringo Müller, and he was extremely helpful in answering all the questions we had. He even said that if we brought back our other purchases, even if they weren’t from his store, that they would ship them home in one box for us.