The weather is not ideal today but we are participating in the annual snowdrop run organised by the Cambridge MG owners club. We start from Melbourn village after the customary bacon butty and pot of snowdrops. We follow the road to the south and east of Cambridge and then end up next to Ely Cathedral where we park the MGF (ours is 5th from the left). We are having some lunch and then join a tour of the cathedral. Very informative and a good day out.
After a light breakfast we are picked up by James and Liesa and we are driven to Seefeld. After we park the car we take the funicular to the top of the Rosshutte ski resort. We spend a couple of hours admiring the skills of all the skiers zooming down the hill. We then go down to the Christmas market in Seefeld and have some lunch.
After having recovered from the previous evening we have a light breakfast and are picked up by James and Liesa who drive us to Achensee where we had coffee. We then drive on to Sixenhof Museum where we see a “live” telling of the Christmas story with donkey, ox and sheep. When we come back outside it is snowing on Christmas day.
We meet James and Liesa and visit a museum with local arts and crafts. We are then collected later by James and meet Liesa’s parents Karl and Silvia for the first time in their hut. They could not have been more hospitable and have laid on a wonderful spread of food and drinks. While we have tried to make a large dent into all this we are defeated by 1am and go back to our apartment stuffed and well inebriated.
We wake up to a clear blue sky and lovely sunshine. After some discussion we decide to take the train to Potsdam. We have a leisurely stroll through an Christmas market in Potsdam and visit the “Sans Souci” palace. It is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles but it is much smaller.
We take the train back in the late afternoon and visit the Christmas market near the Charlottenburg Palace.
We’re off to Berlin and are visiting Susanna and Luka in their new flat. Leaving work early we drive to Gatwick to catch the Easyjet flight to Tegel. We arrive at 21:00 and take a taxi to the Hotel “Hansablick” which is just around the corner. We then have coffee and wine with Susanna.