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.
We are off to the final dance event in Bottisham where we can practice our ballroom and latin dance steps which we have learned over the last 3 years. A well organised event with some great dance tunes. We are having a great time made even better by winning a bottle of champagne.
We are again going to the ADC theatre and tonight we are seeing “The Wind In The Willows” by Kenneth Grahame.
Alan Bennett’s timeless adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course Toad of Toad Hall which was a delightful performance by BAWDS.
We went to see the Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey tonight and although it poured all evening and made the soil rather muddy it was a wonderful display.
They made a real effort to light up the grounds with an array of colourful light and had moving images projected onto the abbey itself. All in all, an evening well spent.
Went to the local film club and saw “The Man Who Invented Christmas” which in effect tells the story of Charles Dickens writing “A Christmas Carol”. A lovely film which brings you right in the Christmas spirit. Not sure how historically accurate the film is but it was a joy to watch.
It will be James’s birthday soon and we are taking him and Liesa for dinner tonight as they were unable to come to Restaurant “22” last week. A slow drive to Wimbledon where we arrive at 5pm. James picked “The Ivy” in Wimbledon as the venue where we met Liesa at 7:30pm. We all had an excellent meal.
We adjourned to their flat and whiled away the time over a cup of coffee. Left at 11:20pm and got home before 1am.
We went to HIAM social club in Prickwillow, near Ely where we danced the night away to the “Galaxy Big Band” which played a number of memorable hits to dance Latin and ballroom. Always a great evening and this was no different. The only point is that they do not finish until 11:30 and then it is another 40 mins to drive home.
We had dinner at Restaurant “22” in Cambridge tonight and were treated to an excellent culinary extravaganza. We all enjoyed the 7 course taster menu and could not fault either the food, the presentation or the service.
All washed down with some red and white wine, we all went home full and contented.
Tonight we went to see “Sleeping Beauty”, the annual panto performed by the Haslingfield Little Theatre and again an excellent performance by the whole cast. Prue has put in a great effort in painting the scenery and designing the poster and can be rightfully proud.
Sven, Babs, Lars, Susanna and Luka came along and they all enjoyed the performance.