Thanks for joining us here in Bergheim, Germany.
After a smooth ride through France and Belgium from Calais, we crossed over into Germany and BOOOOOM!
Two words: SPEED MERCHANTS !!
Speed limits flung to the wind, indicators switched off, and any respectable stopping distance just an opportunity to squeeze 2 more cars in the gap. The good news is you stay WIDE AWAKE!
So we were truly grateful to arrive safely, and not having had the side of Dave’s pick-up truck ripped off by an Audi-Dudy! They definitely get the prize for speed maniacs.
(ps I drive an Audi myself)
So we checked into a delightful hotel, and then went for a walk into the old town. Two more words:
BLOODY FREEZING !! Hats and gloves out Mum!
Parky, or what?!? But we persevered, and so glad we did!
It’s amazing what’s round the corner sometimes, and unless you turn the corner, you never know, eh…
Check out this GIANT!
Then we saw a load of people all walking in the same direction,
so we followed them. Now I wouldn’t normally recommend blindly following a crowd, but I remembered watching a documentary on Emperor Penguins. They huddle together to keep warm, and it seemed like a smart option!
So we all walked through this City Gate,
and then another wonderful beautiful thing happened –
All the locals started a countdown…
Then the music rang out and the front of the building became the backdrop for an incredible lightshow.
The facade just kept melting away and turning into another wonderful scene! I have never seen anything like this!
And neither had Mum. I could hear her cooing and wowing next to me . It was magical.
Cold? What cold?
We were swept away in the music and amazing picture play
The cloth banners flying in the wind were clever.
Looked so real.
These nut crackers were awesome – and so was the music!
Then Santa showed up,
…and it snowed…
The show lasted 10 minutes.
It is played on the hour at 5, 6 and 7 pm every evening.
That’s the thing isn’t it.
If we hadn’t toddled along with the other Emperor Penguins, we would never have known to walk through the Gateway, and we would never have seen this wonderful light & music show.
Then we found a 5 hundred year old German inn,
and ate Goose with dumplings and red cabbage.
Love & Hugs,