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Friday, 17 December 2010

Thawing out!

Little did I know when I last posted here on my blog that I would be going on holiday so soon. When Shirley told me that I should pack my holiday clothes, I started to pack my shorts and T shirts. After the lovely holiday I had with Monkey in the summer I was so excited about seeing the sunshine again. However, she told me I would need to pack warm clothes instead as we were going to Germany and visit the Christmas markets. This sounded very exciting but a bit chilly to me! Pip decided that after her exciting trip to Paris, she needed to rest and recover and spend some quality time with Candy, so I was off on another adventure on my own.
You can see from the first photo that whilst travelling on the trains I saw a lot of snow.

We arrived in Wurzburg in time for a late supper and ready for bed. When I woke up in the morning and opened our hotel room door I was in for a big surprise two Chocolate Santas had been left outside. Apparently we had arrived on 5th December which was many children put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside their front door. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. So I think I must have been very good to get these Chocolate Santas. I did not hear St Nicolas during in the night but I did see him around quite often over the next few days.

On our first day we travelled to Nuremburg, it is has Germany's largest Christmas market. It was really big and it snowed all day so I got rather cold and wet, especially as Shirley insisted on sitting me in some very chilly places!

These horses looked even colder than I felt.

I know Shirley takes photos of some funny things some times but this chap from the local TV station seemed to be filming a packet of biscuits, how weird is that?

The next day we did not have to catch a train, we were able to walk into the Christmas market in Wurzburg. Of course Shirley managed to find a really chilly spot for my photoshoot.

I had a touch of hat envy here, I wish I had a hat like this to keep my ears warm.

Then I spotted this little group of sheep, I couldn’t resist buying one for Curly as a Christmas surprise (I hope she is not reading this).

Well at least this wall did not have any snow on it!

To end the day Colin and Shirley HAD to have some Gluhwein, mind you they had a couple during the day too. ‘Just to keep warm,’ they told me.

On our final day we visited Rotenburg and where there was a bus yet another pile of snow to sit on!

We did make a lovely visit to a toy museum and saw lots of amazing toys and of course ended the visit with a mug of Gluhwein.

Looking out the window on the morning of our return home we saw that it had snowed again, which meant lots of snowy photos were taken on our journey home.

I did seem to spend a lot of time on the journey home sitting on train station platforms waiting for trains to turn up. Snow on the line is not just a British rail excuse for delayed trains apparently.

I am just about thawed out now, which is a good job as I have lots of things to get sorted for Christmas.



  1. Oh Bongo, despite the cold, and not so nice photo shoots, you do seem to have had a wonderful time! Glad you got some of that wine too, you must have needed it to thaw out! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Luv Hedgie x

  2. Looks like you had a brilliant time Bongo especially wine and chocolate. Glad you have warmed up now.


  3. What a fanastic trip. I can still remember how cold my poor bottom got after that first episode of snow we had earlier in the year. Don't envy you on that part, but loved the look of that Gluhwein! Monkey x